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Summer Jasmine

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 18:21

Yes.  Best in spring 

......the good guys

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:35

Sounds good Lyn 

Phygelius - growing question

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:33

Oops! Posted a comment on hello, I mean hello FORKERS ...about this 

thyme pruning

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:28

Hello jess

Best to cut back in spring so leave alone now.

You can cut back pretty hard.....I have done that....but a light scissor-like cut is best in my opinion.  I grow a silver leaf form as well as the gold variety.  The former is taller whilst the latter more prostrate.  In both cases they receive a trim enough not to cut too far Into old wood. For me they are regarded as short term perennials.....I.e. to last about 4 or 5 years.

The potentilla?   You can cut it back hard or,lightly trim it.  Unpruned it will flower earlier.  I prune in autumn to control the size .....haircut and removal of the odd old stems.  A food feed in spring too helps

Summer Jasmine

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:21

Jess, it's prob because it's "happy" that it isn't producing flowers.  

I cut mine back fairly hard every year and basically leave it then to,it's own devices. I apply a,light dusting of fish blood n bonee very spring.

Being only 3 years old though it may not be ready to prob will next year.  

A west facing wall,should be,good for it.  


Posted: 01/12/2013 at 16:16

Yes have grown different varieties of phygelius busy lizzie.  That's what it does...viz.,it runs amd runs.  It's why I stopped growing it.  

If I were to grow it again I would do so where it's rampancy wouldnt matter too much but, in any case, I would dig it up every year and replant after cutting back those roots.  Or I would plant it in a pot and sink it in the ground.  

Im aware of invasive plants ....they can become a perennial nuisance. 


Posted: 01/12/2013 at 13:43

Oops!   Er......em....It was only a fiver actually.  

Summer Jasmine

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 13:41

Hiya ogster, 

No need to worry about leaf drop.  

I usually prune mid way in November.  However better to do this in early spring.  

I use a hedgetrimmer for now and then secateurs later 

......the good guys

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 13:35

Well, Dave, it was your idea .......  A good one I think.

I have had excellent service from Ashwoods, perhill nurseries, Cotswold garden flowers, crocus and Hardys

I have had poor service too but...being the persistent "knowing my rights" sort of guy I am........I have always had full recompense.  I simply do not go to these guys again though as I feel they should get it right first time 

Not too sure about the newspaper offers  though!  bought illumination pink foxgloves from QVC last year that were good value 

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 13:23

Amazing structure on the duck's wing.  So tactile.   I'll need to develop a lot more patience to take a picture like that David 

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