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Posted: 17/08/2013 at 13:07

This "Chelsea chop" thing!    This is something I instinctly did years ago starting when I got fed up with constant dead heading of some perennials.  So I,chopped it back and welcomed a rejuvenated plant a few weeks later.  The Chelsea chop is simply cutting back plants,that you know will be leggy come late summer. By cutting back, maybe by half, in May or early June, the plants become sturdier and shorter and only a little later in flowering.  I do this with annuals too,,such as cosmos which are vigorous tallish plants in mid summer onwards.  Cutting and pinching these back before mid summer creates much better garden performers that need no support.

Waterbutts, there is no risk to the plants ....just decide which plants will get leggy and cut them back before the end of June.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 12:56

Im not convinced by these dwarf buddleias. There are better "dwarf" shrubs around.  For blues, for example, caryopteris and ceratostigma are far better tham the blue-ish buddleias. 

Buddleias should be tall albeit ungainly bee and butterfly magnets swaying 7' or more high


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 11:54

The variety is important. ,Goldsturn for example..prob the most widely late in shooting and, although I am a devotee of the Chelsea chop, it is not a plant that seems to warrant it.  Mine are in good rich soil amd are about 3' or more tall...perfect for that plant.  Goldsturn is sturdy and compact but I regularly split it to keep it vigorous.  

If you do have one of the taller varieties I would give it a chop but, better than that, would replace it with Goldsturn or similar


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 11:44!  I'm perfect

Carol,Kleine is over enthusiastic and, for me it's a little distracting but not enough to really bother me.  Shes very knowledgeable and I like her, she knows her stuff and shes clearly passionate about her plants. Besides men make the best presenters....drivers, teachers, advisors, tinkers, sailors,soldiers,..........

...........tee hee hee hee!   (feeling bit naughty today!)


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 09:15

Morning Gary

I wouldn't rush into this for a start.

You need to ph test your,soil......then you and us will know what sort,of plants you can grow.  Is it well drained soil or heavy clay?  South facing so a warm garden?  Can you post a picture?

Do you want a lawn?  Lots of plants or low maintenance?  Do you have eyesores you want to block from view?  

A blank canvass is ideal.  I'm sure you will get lots of ideas and suggestions but it would be good to start sketching out some plans......on the fence you might want some scented climbers or trained fruit.  You might like a meandering path, a pool, a patio etc.  decide what you want from it from the outset.

£1000 is plenty ....unless you have a huge plot.  You don't say how big it is either


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 01:30

No, never found the need to,chop back any rudbekia.  What variery do you have?  


GardenIng jokes

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:53
  1. What did the Martian say to the gardener?....take me to your weeder.  Just thought of that one or did I read it on a lolly stick? 

What did the bug say to,the dahlia?   Earwiggo!   

Wait,,there's more......

Why did the butterfly?  Because it saw the cowslip.   

These are all original never before told jokes

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:47

Actually......sssh!  I know how to do it but it's frustrating job so I just plead incompetence.  

Been an absolutely glorious day here today.  Picked and gave away,beans, Beetroot and carrots.  Picked blueberries and tomatoes.  What a bounty from a wonderful time of year.

On another thread someone has a dying conifer.  I'm planning what to plant up when I remove a picea albertiana conica in September.  It's looking fine I guess but it's had it's day and I want to "excite" that area a little.  It's already a partly new bed with lots of astrantias, grasses, agastaches, hostas, and a superb Taxus standishii amd Acer garnet.  Want to complete it now.  Gardening is always moving's what makes it,so exciting.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:37

Or,you can use nematodes to kill the weevils.  

Addict has said,sounds like ??ou have watered it too much.  This will,also create nice moist conditions for your vine weevil.  Dry for your buddleia!


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:30

Hiya sean

I would not feed but,Cornus alba does like bit of water.  I grow a couple of,different varieties and the leaves do throw up some colours now and then.  just adds to the colour!

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