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Evergreen jasmine - when to prune?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 00:09

Exactly as Bob said.  The only truly evergreen outdoor jasmine I can think of is the winter jasmine.  This would be pruned in February or so after flowerimg.  

Advice on Fuschia, please.

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 00:04


Leave it where it is.  However, because it has just been cut back have some fleece to hand to use if amd when it gets icy


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 08:24

Looking bright amd sunny far  Heavy showers forecast this morning 

Spike looks very sorry for himself  but is eating well.  Think he's ok and prob will enjoy his walk 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 00:25

Wishing Stacey well 

Advice on Fuschia, please.

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 00:22

Did have a thing about fuschias once......grew some unusual ones and a few Pygmy ones.  Probably because they are so widespread here but I only grow snowcap and genii (for the yellow foliage)  as hardy varieties and a couple of tender varieties in pots.


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 00:17

Good to see you back  Punkdoc even though it looks like ??ou will be off again soon.  

Been a pretty good day weather wise 

My dog ate something this morning and I had to take him to the vet.  Possibly a dead rabbit.  He was sick, retched a lot, etc. etc.  I checked his throat but could not see anything amiss there.  He had a couple of injections and antibiotics but I'm still a bit concerned ....well, he's so precious ....but vet thinks he will be fine.

(mind you the vet tried to "sell" just about everything she could to me and I felt it a little inappropriate to seemingly  cash in like this.  Not my usual practice and she hasn't exactly encouraged me to go there again )

New Garden, New Soil

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 00:07

Lupins will not enjoy too much chalk, in my experience, although an application of epsom salts will often solve this.  Hamamellis seem to dislike too much chalk.  

Hellebores will love it ESP if you add compost .  

Agree with Nut about growing things your soil will support well.  A happy plant looks good and enhances the garden ....a struggling one growing in unsuitable conditions looks awful.

What do you do with soil from plant pots?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:58

Can do fishy but I found that plants ran out of steam early in summer.....not because of nutrients but because soil became spent in quality. However, usIng half and half old soil and new plus an addition of dried manure was ok.  For me though the possibility of vine weevils lurking makes me use fresh each sason. 

Is it too late to prune shrubs?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:53

No Jack.  None of those will lose,the flowers on ..deutzia, weigela and forsythia if you do.  A good general rule is to prune just after flowering and then to prune correctly.

Advice on Fuschia, please.

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:50

Fuschias are offen just left to grow huge down here.  In a garden I helped restore fuschias were eeeeeeenormous.  They grow in hedgerows and in wild areas so can and do look after themselves pretty well. 

I cut down in autumn.....prob very soon now....and they shoot again early in spring so, as Lyn said, they are indeed toughies.  However, in colder  areas best left until spring before cutting back.  A mulch is always good and a granular organic feed in early spring 

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