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Posted: 09/11/2016 at 07:34

Tetley, trimmed from the start leylandii are shown in your picture.   Very difficult though to reclaim any part that is woody or bsre 

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 20:15

Padraigh, wow!  Superb. 


Posted: 08/11/2016 at 20:12

Respect Pansy

well try it steve and please let us know.  Feedback, as I often ask for, is so important 

happy to admit it if I'm wrong.....but cannot see 12' spindly  leylandii branching out as a result of a few inches lopped off the  top 


Posted: 08/11/2016 at 20:10

well try it steve and please let us know.  Feedback, as I often ask for, is so important 

happy to admit it if I'm wrong.....but cannot see 12' spindly  leylandii branching out as a result of a few inches lopped off the  top 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 20:01

Wet since mid day.  Feels colder but actually a bit warmer. 

no gardening but busy elsewhere 

nice contact today from a former forum member too. 


Posted: 08/11/2016 at 19:57

NO ...just upwards Steve.

 Spindly = spindly no matter how many inches you take off .  It will not bush out 

Frost got my dahlias

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 19:29

No Wakeshine.  Take the whole dahlia plant and saw it in half.  Take off, use sharp knife, those tubers sliced by the saw. Those that "fall off"  discard.  If you cut in half you will have more than one stem...that's fine.  

Please don't untangle every tuber. Not necessary.

as I said before, you are over thinking it all W. 

When you see your bisected dahlia growing away next spring you will,have the confidence to separate or divide dahlias easily 

Frost got my dahlias

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 17:40

"Precious" as in not worrying too much 

often you can pull tubers apart but with large ones use a saw...don't panic when you do it!  Saw in half then cut out any tubers sliced.  Pot up or protect.  

Look for stems on every group of tubers 

Last edited: 08 November 2016 17:41:22

suggest small to medium plants/shrubs for year around interest

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 14:03

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!   Anything but roses Newb

nothing looks worse in winter, they need spraying and they are vicious. They are UGLY shapeless things.  (Ha ha    now expect more comments Newb cos roses have fanatical admirers 

No, don't put a lawn in.  Looks great without one.

scented shrubs...choisya, Hamamellis, Winter Beauty, sarcoccoca, Cheerfulness daffs, hyacinths, regal lilies, heliotrope, dwarf mock orange, lavendar, lemon scented verbena, pineapple scented salvia elegans.....are a must there with the scent wafting around.  

Foliage colour too

did I say noooooooooooo to roses ?

Frost got my dahlias

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:38

Cool, even cold wakeshine.  Not warm.  Keep frost at bay.  Shed sounds ideal.  

Wakeshine, don't overthink this.  If your dahlias are kept dry and frost free they will be absolutely fine.  Here and in many places dahlias are kept in fhe ground so they aren't too "precious." 

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