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Pruning the bottle brush

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:20

Would have said pretty much as Claudia did.....viz.  thst it is a "tricky" one.

i treat this pretty much as I do a broom......i.e.  Buy when young and lightly tip back as soon as flowers are going over. As small plants, even before they flower, I pinch them back.  Then the plant is kept just that much smaller.

here it is a fast growing plant and if it is left too long pruning is difficult. I have successfully cut back into old wood but for me the flowering is never as good . An expendable plant for me esp when hard pruning becomes necessary.

Photos from ipad

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 12:09

Duh! Trying to work out your penultimate sentence Top Bird.  

I'm left handed but can write equally well with my right and do most everything with both hands.  Been a great advantage in sports when I suddenly changed hands to serve etc.  

why would the (superiorly gifted) left handers want to claim they are right handed?  (with the hoi polloi) 

Bargain time of year!

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:55

Oh, meant to say.  Called in at local B & M store and thet surprisingly have quite a range of plants...mostly small but cheap

picked up helenium ruby tuesday and white salvia for £1.  Pots were dry and worth haggling for. Now potted up for plants for next year.  By next spring they will fill 3 litre pots

O Verdun, Oracle of All the Grasses, hear me!

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:38

B3 I can never resist a debate....or agitate for one.  All harmless though 

Grasses can be addictive though....coloured foliage from red to white to yellow to blue to olive to.......

and, some are evergreen some not.  Some very tall some short.  Some invasive some well behaved.  Some for acid soils some for alkaline. Some like moisture some like it dry. They add another dimension to the garden though.  Right now I have several grasses at their peak from a 9' plus gigantea to a scirpus cernuus (a delightful fibre optic looking plant) Wouldn't be without them 

Photos from ipad

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:28

Or Lyn you can turn your ipad around with fhe on/off button on the right 

Bargain time of year!

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:27

Welll whatever you do Daisy doo, don't plant your astrantia (whatever colour it is) in a dry spot.  So many astrantias  are lost because are allowed to dry out

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 08:00

At last, back to gardening.

lovely pictures Joybell esp  the espalier.....i have an espalier pear absolutely loaded with pears.  Perfect way to grow apples and pears  

I'm with Morrisons

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 07:57

It's so odd....the thread title is about Morrisons???? 

I'm with Morrisons

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 07:44

Hey.....none of us really knows what is going on.  

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 23:50


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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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