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Berberis Thunbergii Question regarding pruning

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 23:31

It all depends on which variety you are growing.......I prune atro purpurea types in autumn simply to keep in bounds.  Nana, for example, gets a haircut to maintain a compact mound.  Others are pruned back by half, or to the base...according to variety and desired size.  Helmond pillar is not pruned at all.  However, all respond well to pruning.  All are deciduous

The purple varieties for me are grown  simply for their foliage colour....berries,,flowers not required  


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 23:01

Some rain today.   Not much but it was a signal that this wonderful summer is over. 

Just watched a buffoon on newsnight.  Watching Boris Johnson yet again waffle, blulster and generally being a very silly fellow is quite alarming.  He could very well be our prime minister on earth are people so easily taken in by this man?    


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 20:44

For me alstromeria needs to ne placed carefully.  I had some very good new varieties that flowered beautifully for 6 months then went dormant in midsummer creating a big space.  Of course, they did spread.

I dug up every Alstromeria and kept one variety.   I replanted in a more easily,isolated spot and I comtrol any spreading

Anyway, I found digging to be effective.  No problems with regrowth in unwanted spaces. So, Naomi, I would continue with glyphosate but use a stronger mix.....these are available.   Persistence during the entire  growing season........spray all new growth seen.

Can you move valued perennials in that area?  To lift and remove all traces of alstromeria roots amongst them.  To continue digging thoroughly throughout the site over autumn  and winter then glyphosate in the  spring.  I think  you will win.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:48

Elderly parents seems a common worry for many of us

Saw mum,last night. It was very sad.  The home has lost her hearing mum was scared.  I demanded the home find it, rang at 1.30 in the morniNg to rally the night staff and again a few minutes ago but still the Aid is missing.  The home is awful.  Will complain vigorously this  morning to powers that be.  Very frustrating all round...and I am angry. 


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:40

All this talk of colds, even flu, is disconcerting.    Don't want any of that's still summer 

Hope everyone has good day 


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:34

Novice, you don't say if they are tender or hardy shrubs.  Any labels?  Newly planted this year?

Living in a mild area, I cut hardy fuschias  down in autumn.  tender varieties will be dug up, straggly roots trimmed,,tops cut back, potted up and placed in greenhouse. Cuttings taken now.

Never lost a hardy fuschia because of being cut back in autumn.  However, you could reduce their size by half now and prune hard in spring

from pot to garden

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 00:00

A programme about bamboos was featured on GW  where an expert grew several varieties .  He admitted to being unable to control some  of them.  One especially had travelled from his,property under a road and into adjacent land.  he spoke with some surprise?  

I have no doubt that bamboos will become the jap knotweed of many gardens .....sooner or later.  They may cause immediate problems or cause issues when deciding to move.  They have a reputation for,good reason .  I think some have become complacent about their bamboos preferring not to face the reality of the triffid in their gardens...........

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 23:48

Matty Tasman Tiger is best not flowering in my opinion.  I remove  would be flowering stems .......makes for better foliage colour and more compact plant.

Dividing plants

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 23:43

Much the same as Mattbeer. If I dig  them up I tend to leave,them unpotted until  spring in the  GH  then pot up in large pots or plant out. 

from pot to garden

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 13:46

I have tried several bamboos over,the years including a large clump that was here before I came .  All of them invaded.  

Being aware of their invasiveness, I kept an eye on a couple of varieties planted prob 8 years ago.  At the end of their second summer I found roots emerging a metre or more from their original site.  It was worse in an  area of very good, moist soil.  I had to remove several perennials to thoroughly trace and remove bamboo roots. 

For me, bamboos will never be planted.  However, I'm aware of a host of opposite opinions saying how well behaved their bamboos are,,how some varieties are absolutely "safe"  and how lovely they are. 

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