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Posted: 19/06/2015 at 00:28

Dont cut beyond green wood.....usually ceanothus will not recover if you do.  I find the mound forming varieties more amenable to pruning.


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 00:25

Fishy, that was my,thought too 


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 00:21

Do it now Nut.  Done mine a couple of weeks back including Sundance.

as hard as you like will re shoot quickly now and produce flowers again next spring.  Apart from a large wall specimen I prune to a nice rounded shape...they then soon look dense, glossy mounds

do it in winter and likely tthe shrub will sulk but you will also lose the spring flowers


Posted: 18/06/2015 at 22:20

Your pruning is the reason joanli.  Yes, prob you will get plenty of flowers next year

ceanothus dont really like being pruned......although most of us do it.  Also you pruned too late in the year.  Prune asap after flowering.  Most ceanothus grow large, fast and are short lived

plant suggestions please

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 19:39

Also libertias, hellebores, camelias, carex like testacea and buchannii, tree heathers like Alberts Gold, euphorbia rubra, witch hazels, winter honeysuckle, etc

How to

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 19:29

WillDB, but echinaceas are such wonderful plants for the summer border

Talkback: Pansies and violas

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 18:45

They do best in good soil.  Hate dry impoverished my opinion


Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:44

Lily, yes that town is named after me.  But I don't want to talk about my heroic feats.  Suffice to say the town earned that honour 

Fairy,,did you not get the sun?  Oops!  I forgot the 1 in front of 9.  Silly me  fine tomorrow, guaranteed 

My Olivia Austin rose is flowering well now......looks lovely.  No sign of scent though.  According to David Austin scent will come.  Not a rose expert by any means

Dying Comos

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:38

How big were these plants when you planted them out Cheshire gal?  

has it been hot and dry where you are?  did you water on your return ?

How to

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:33

Ordinary mpc Valerie

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