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Topic: Pruning/Global Warming
Posted By: sturobsi
Subject: Pruning/Global Warming
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2007 at 11:24am
Our weather is all over the place. Inspite of snow over the last two days my roses have blooms Ceanothus is in flower and many of my clematis are growing strongly with shoots up to 55mm long. Should I stick to the pruning guides as published or does global warming mean I should have pruned them before now? Any help would be appreciated. I am a relatively new member of the BCS and have only a relatively small/medium sized garden but have the following clematis.
C Aljonushka
C Dawn
C Etoile de Malicorne
C Alpina Pamela Jackman
C Jackmanii
C Macropetala M pink
C Margaret Hunt
C Montana Rubens
C Mrs Cholmondeley
C Nelly Moser
C The President
C Ville de Lyon
C. Jackmanii Alba
C. Rouge Cardinal
C. John Paul II
C. Crystal Fountain
C. Vyvyian Pennel
C. Madame le Coultre
C. Integriflora Blue rain
C. Ernest Markham
C. Voluceau
C. Piilu-Little Duckling
C. Dorothy Walton
C. Harlow Carr
C. Radar Love
C. Miss Bateman
C. Vagabond
C. Elsa Spath




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sturobsi



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Posted By: LucyE
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2007 at 12:34pm
Hi there, Just joined the forum and thought I would have a go. Personally I would leave all hard pruning untill the end of feb as the weather can be very varied as this snow shows us. If you prune too early the plant might make unwanted growth or suffer from hard frosts. As I mulch with garden compost when I prune I aslo feed with blood fish and bone and it's far too cold for that now. It's alright to prune later with late flowering varieties but with your earlier ones you may loose some flowers. You have lots of fine plants and I hope you have a good show this year Last saturday there was a bumble bee on my Christmas box and the daphne is in full flower with it's wonderful scent. LucyE

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LRE


Posted By: Queen_of_Vines
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2007 at 1:35pm
I agree with Lucy, although I admit it is tempting when you see plants behaving this way. I have a sheltered but small walled garden in the back that seldom is affected by frost  and have managed to grow some rather tender plants there. It exists in its own little  microclimate, as opposed to my front garden, which although south facing, is more exposed. Looking forward to seeing photos of your clematis in bloom this summer.
 
Jane


Posted By: Helen
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2007 at 4:15pm
That is an impressive collection. Clap
 I leave pruning until March, who knows what the weathers going to do!
Great to see new forum members.Smile


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Helen (Sussex UK)


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2007 at 6:10pm
I believe in pruning early February,all mine have been pruned long ago,not the early-flowering ones obviously.We are quite mild here in West Lancashire and I find the more active top growth is removed the more root growth happens.
I see you grow Vagabond,all literature says ---No Pruning--I ignore this and find it better as a late flowerer,July to October,smaller flowers but lots more--The parentage is Rouge Cardinale x Unknown. I also have found to have success with Huldine it needs to be chopped back as soon as it finishes flowering



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