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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 20:25

Hey, first this evening

Its still very hot

Got the fountain cascading to make a cooling sound as I type on the forum 

Blueberries from the garden with clotted cream

Hope everyone is good today


Posted: 14/07/2013 at 20:20

Hiya GGW

You can cut as much as you want to.  Replied on other thread.  Wait though until flowering is over.  I rejuvenated a friend's buddleia that was very tall.....over 15 feet with flowers way at the top.  It was by her garden gate so made access difficult.  We both thought it looked ugly and leggy then.  I cut it hard back last summer.....prob late August.  Now it is a bushy, lovely looking 6' plus plant mine are, it is full of glorious flower.  In future, prune in autumn or spring.  Let us know how you get on but don't be afraid of pruning back hard.  ( clean, sharp cuts nothing jagged)

how to trim my buddleja

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 20:06 misunderstood 

I was referring to GGW's description as,things are now. After this  pruning to restore lower bushyness pruning is then as others have suggested......with imdividual preference for spring or autumn

No expert though keen. 

I too grow some nice buddleias .....bushy, full of flower right now

Grasses for screening

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 19:57

Hiya caroline

Miscanthus grasses are excellent for screening.not evergreen though.  They grow fast. Cut them down in the spring and mine are already 5' tall ....will add more yet. They keep,their structure over winter.  Zebrinus is erect with yellow horizontal bands across its leaves. Variegatus, my favourite, is same habit but with bright, clean green and white leaves....slightly slightly at the top to look like a fountain.  Lovely.  There are others ....calamagrostis Karl,Foerster and Overdam, which is variegated, flower earlier than the miscanthus.


Posted: 14/07/2013 at 16:03

Looking to get more cannas and noticed a variety called "Verdi".  ....I,think it will be classy, beautiful, eye catching and modest!


Posted: 14/07/2013 at 15:54

Yes........beat the Aussies

how to trim my buddleja

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 15:50

You can cut buddleias as hard as You like.  To overcome your bare base cut to about 2' from the ground.  You can do it after its finished preferred time because regrowth will be quick and you  will have nice low bush for rest of the summer.  Or, wait until spring and cut back then but you will have a leggy ugly plant for,rest of the summer.  

Whats this bush ?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 13:51

Penstemon?  Not all are large flowered?



Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 13:08

Nice pics folks. Gardens are clearly enjoying this weather,too.


Posted: 14/07/2013 at 13:03

Cooling indoors for a mo.  on local radio they were talking about the max heat today.  It was 38.  

I was thinking of,starting a thread ...Based on how plants are faring so far, whether new ones or old ones.  Maybe start it in July. ,then again in August.  We can compare the length of flowering, the quality, if we are pleased or disappointed, etc etc.  What do folks think?

England still,not,beaten those aussies yet in the cricket

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