HELP! I HAVE ANTIPRUNITIS
Although I have been a member on this brilliant site for over a year I haven’t really participated – just enjoyed the blogs, reading through the questions and learning more about the joys of gardening.
Everyone is so friendly so I have no idea why I have felt unable to join in, either with blogs or asking questions. I suppose the concept of chatting on line feels a bit weird – is it a case of the more you do it, the more you feel comfortable with it?
Anyway, now I have taken the plunge I need some advice about a particular disease I think I have – its antiprunitis!
To explain – I have become really interested in gardening over the last couple of years and have become extremely good at buying plants! Whether they suit my soil, climate, position doesn’t come into it. I like something and I convince myself it will thrive in my garden so I buy it. (I have got a bit better and learnt a few lessons over the 2 years!)
Anyway, now I have acquired quite a few plants and enjoyed planting them, nurturing them and watching them grow – with a fair few successes I am pleased to say . However, I am embarrassed to say that I am absolutely scared to death of touching any of them for fear of doing the wrong thing
I have half a dozen clematis where I have lost the labels and have no idea which ones I need to leave alone till spring, which ones I should cut off a few stems (but where and how much) and those I should be hacking back to ground level. I know Spritz has done a great blog on clematis which is brilliant if you are clever and keep the labels!
I wander round the garden every evening thinking that I should be doing something to those plants that have finished flowering. I look at books, I obviously check out GOY but something stops me from actually getting out the secataurs and going for it
Are there any other gardeners out there who dread pruning or any experts who can tell me that whatever I do, the plants will most likely survive?!
Probably the only answer is to start posting photos for ID as well as asking questions on those plants that I actually DID manage to remember the
name of or keep labels and let the lovely people on GOY help cure my disease!
- 5 Oct, 2010
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