Posted: 24/05/2016 at 03:50
! I have a lovely Dicentra which has been in a large clay pot for 4 years and had reached 4ft in height and about 2ft spread. It looked lovely, beautiful shape with a lot of flowers.
But - being a complete plonker - I decided last week to take it out of the pot and put it in a bed where there was a big gap and where it would look good. Yes - I should have thought about this before it had come up this year to it's full height! But there you go - that's how I roll!
I soaked it for a day in the pot, dug a huge hole in the flower bed and then did that delicate attempt to remove it from the pot without breaking the stems and gently lowering it into the hole I'd dug for it. Looked great.
I then turned around to get my trowel to back-fill the hole and in so doing I fell backwards and my backside crushed the Dicentra. The scramble trying to get back on my feet took care of ruining a few more flowered delicate stems.
Now, I have a planted Dicentra still with a few flowering stems intact - but it's half the size it was and looks like it's just survived a surprise attack.
My question is - it was in full flower and every year when it has come up I've always just left the flowering arms to die off at their own pace. I've never known if it would produce more flowers if I cut the dying ones off. If I attempt now to tidy it up it's a funny shape now!) - is it likely to produce any more flowers on the same stem at this time of year - or is that it for the season now?
The poor thing which was a beautiful shape looks sorry now but the foliage is healthy and I'm not sure if it can be made to produce any more flowers. It certainly deserves to be in a major huff! I sit on the bench nearby and every time I look at it it seems to give out hateful vibes in my direction as if to say 'WHY did you do this to me?' I'm sure it's sulking.