Category: Pruning by Plant
Before and after pictures
It has been a fantastic year for wisterias, with many producing a substantial second flowering that is just coming to an end. Now is the time to give the wisteria a summer haircut if you haven’t already done so. Here are a few before and after photos of wisterias showing their development over the years.…
Wisteria pruning – before and after
It’s always fun to see before and after photos. A kind client recently sent me a photo of the wisteria I pruned in February, which has been competing against a tenacious ivy! It was a nightmare of a job to get the ivy back within its bounds but the second photo below proves that wisteria…
Apple Day is here!
Waterperry is famous for its apples. This weekend is Apple Weekend – a perfect celebration of our native fruit. Hosted by Chris Lanczak, the orchard manager, who often prunes with the Oxford Pruning Company, the event gives unparalleled access to the orchards, with free tours running at 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm. This year Chris has…
Why is my wisteria not flowering?
Legend has it that a wisteria takes seven years to produce its wonderful racemes of fragrant purple/white flowers. Some wisteria do indeed reward their owners’ patience with a magnificent show after a very slow start. Less fortunate owners can get to the end of seven years – or indeed seventy – and still have nothing…
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ – plant of the month
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ or ‘Winter Beauty’ adds a fabulous shot of colour to a winter garden. Its electrifying coral stems work best when planted en masse. Think carefully about the background: it can look particularly striking against a charcoal grey shed or shocking white snow, but might be lost amongst the muddy mid browns…
Prune wisteria in July/August and January/February
August is the ideal time to prune wisteria. Removing the long, whippy shoots allows what sun we still might have to ripen the wood. This helps the flower buds to form for next year. To see more photo of wisteria, trained in different styles, follow this link on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/louiseyallen/wisteria/