Wintersong


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Planting scheme....

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 23:42

My piece of advice, should you wish to take it, is to plant larger groups of the same plant than you might imagine needed. If there's one thing I've learnt this year is to be bold and do it in snake shapes or waves rather than fat clumps. It looks way more pro.

Good luck

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 23:36

@david spikes, you never fail.

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 20:58

 Extraordinary.

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 20:34

Love to see the bees  This planet needs them!

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 19:05

@Dean Lovett, I did the same thing a couple of weeks ago after gardening at my parents' house, only I was too keen to wait until after flowering and cut a bit off anyhow, my mother ensuring me they were the lovely blue ones.

Well, despite the droop, the Iris flowered in my garden last week although it is BRIGHT YELLOW and now have a plant I didn't want  .

Just my luck for taking my dotty old mom at her word!

Laurel...

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 18:55

@Abby2, Okay, I have two Laurels of different sizes, the first being shop brought mature shrub/tree of approx. 14ft high.

I left this one to grow for many years before hacking it back some and discovering that I rather liked its dark limbs, so its not a true standard, more my version of a tree. I prune off new shoots up to about five foot at which point it bushes out and is shaped rather like a large lolly-pop.

It works for me, I gain space underneath and I also like the dark branches that act as a good backdrop for planting in my borders.

The second is a seedling of the mature plant and more standard in that I decided from an early age to keep it to a single stem. Basically, most plants would be single stem except that they are pruned at the nursery to encourage bushy growth. This Laurel is about four foot high and I rub off the lower shoots as I see them and lolly-pop the head same as the other one  like a mini-me. The shoots are much easier to rub off the small one since the thickness of its limb is only about the same as an adult arm, the mature one is an elephant in comparison so its a proper job of loppers and the saw.

Pruning clematis

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 16:20

Edit: spelling mistake in previous post should read leaf axil...you know what I mean

P.S, a thought might be to cut back some stems but leave others tied in, thus you can control the size and shape of the plant to fit your tastes. 

Pruning clematis

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 16:11

A birds nest will form.

Group three are vigorous and will shoot new growth from every leaf axial, which will multiply existing stems by tens of dozens, if not hundreds. Now this sounds all fine and dandy, and may even be bearable for a year or two but the plant will eventually stop flowering anywhere beneath new growth which will end up way above your eye line with support, or as a flopping snappy mess without support.

Choice is yours really  

Laurel...

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 15:57

Yeah, I always thought the nibbles in my smaller standard Laurel were due to leaf cutter bees until this year but its survived thus far, I think those lady weevils have spotted a better meal this year in my garden Phlox  which is taking a hammering.

I will be treating the Phlox very soon with nematodes although I generally leave established plants alone as I believe -rightly or wrongly- that they are big enough to survive the odd bit of root chewing. 

Clematis

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 15:51

I've had the same problem with The President, not The actual president...anyhow, lots of growth but no flowers.

Mine is not down to hunger, but it is a bit of a rescue plant, having been forgotten about and newly discovered last year. Since Clematis group two flower May/June on last year's growth and flower late summer on this year's growth, I am assuming that last year's growth was more a question of re-establishing itself, as opposed to thinking about forming buds. I don't know why a plant would decide that, but is it possible that your 2yr old was too busy making roots and things before getting into the glamour business?

Just a thought. Patience and BobTheGardener's advice should see you through

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