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How to prune a fir tree

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:07

Take it back to green shoots.  You should be fine then.  However taking a third of more is risky.  Laylandii will continue to grow ...and you will need to trim it annually to keep it in check.  


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:01

Sorry to hear you guys are experiencing such bad weather.  Really.  I feel a little guilty that it's quite nice here.  No sun but warm.  Dry.  A little windy but it's a warm one. 

Transplanted a few things and I notice a dicentra I recently dug up by mistake and cruelly put my spade through the middle of, is now shooting.  I potted up pieces and all seem to be growing

got another Buddleia Buzz and a couple of herbaceous perennials coming this week.....prob Tuesday......but not totally sure of their spots yet.  

Best Grasses for screening?

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 14:53

Miscanthus like morning light and calamagrostis Karl foerster are tall grasses that will work well with rudbeckias.  However, miscanthus is much taller than any variety of rudbeckia.

Shorter grasses like  deschampsia will match the height of most rudbeckias......and they enjoy the same conditions, viz., slightly damper soil.

stipas are not really for screening......STIPA gigantea is tall but rather see through 

Blueberry advice please

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:32

Trehanes/Dorset blueberry company (same company) will be best supplier and advisor re blueberries 

Jasminum nudiflorum Help

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:30

Agree with Hostafan.  Your are unlikely to kill this jasmine by hard pruning.  Sure it will respond very soon 


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:28

Morning hostafan

yes clocks sorted

morning all you other forkers.  Windy, seems dry and mild here........prob be blown into the Atlantic when I venture out with my dog this morning. 

Why doesn't my ribes flower?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 19:59

Tempted by the White ribes now....   However I have so many white flowered shrubs so prob happy with my common pink n white.  

however, if your ribes has not been pruned Jane for 4 years and if it's makimg good annual growth I would prune it this year.  

New Yew

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 19:55

Yes, 5 litre pots is sensible if you don't want to plant into the open ground.

soil?  John Innes number 3.  I would not add any additional draInage.....the warmer weather is almost here and compost is unlikely to get over wet now.

why can't you plant out into the open ground now JH?  60 cm plus is good height to plant out.  

Why doesn't my ribes flower?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 18:41

Pruning ...or not pruning...could well be the reason Jane.  Mine is almost in full flower now.  It's pruned every year.

It's my birthday

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 18:37

Happy birthday Lucy 

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