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Haven’t written much in my blog because I haven’t been doing much in the garden, I’m afraid. Cutting grass and tidying up, mostly, while resolving to do more. It’s a stunning day today, but the garden is beginning to wilt and I’m looking forward to starting a winter clear up soon. I’m always afraid to chop back plants incase I kill them, or leave the garden looking like it’s had one horrific haircut. But it has to be done!

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Fear not! My garden is so small that I have to be brutal, or disappear in the resulting jungle. Most plants see hard pruning as a challenge (it seems to me). The horrific haircut syndrome is inevitable at some point, it'll never look perfect all the time.

27 Sep, 2008


Try not to give a brutal haircut to spring flowering shrubs or you'll loose all next year's flowers.
I gave a bruital haircut to my friend's camelia earlier this year ( well she did ask me to cut it back for her ). She thought I'd killed but now it's growing back into a nice shape.
I always try to leave some old growth on the plants though. I think it protects them from frost, and sometimes it looks nice when you've got dew or ground frost on old seed heads etc. I then cut them back in the spring.
I don't like things looking too prim. It doesn't seem natural.
Good luck with your pruning.

28 Sep, 2008


I agree I hate giving my garden a hair cut But it pays to be brutel at times

29 Jan, 2009

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