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I feel a 'pruning fest' coming on!

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Several of the ‘small’ trees in the garden are shooting up wildly, and I’m keen to get out the secateurs. It’s a bit early in the season for some, but others can take a bit of rough treatment!

The Cercidiphyllum japonica is getting rather leggy and shapeless, but I mustn’t cut it back yet.


I’m always hacking at this Eleagnus Quicksilver, but now the uppermost shoots are out of reach; I’ll have to be brave and fetch the step-ladder!


Philadelphus Aurea just needs a light trim. Not sure what to do about the Acer ‘Flamingo’ behind . . . any suggestions?


This ‘dwarf’ Robinia pseudacacia is hardly ‘dwarf’ any more, but I haven’t the heart to cut it back. What a mess!

Ah well, at least the Cornus controversa ‘variegata’ is behaving itself, and I can reach the few bits that need attention.

Thanks for looking, and please feel free to offer advice :)

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I know that feeling, Sheila.....my hands are itching to prune the Silver Birch......but apparently they are sensitive to cutting back at any time of the year.Advice is to wait until Sept.
The Physocarpus I cut back throughout the year.....they just seem to go on and on.

5 Aug, 2014

 

Added to GoYpedia Pruning :o)

5 Aug, 2014

 

I seem to remember reading recently that Acers need to be pruned in the summer....better check that out Sheila. I think your Robinia is anything but a mess, and I love your 'quicksilver'. It's a beautiful plant. I summer pruned my Bramley today with the stepladder. It was very satisfying and I was very careful not to fall off!

5 Aug, 2014

 

Hi Sheila, sorry I can't really advise on pruning, but I did enjoy your blog. There is however a smashing 'bit of kit' (I say that because I'm not sure what it's called) in Skotkat's latest blog (last photo) .... You could certainly reach those 'high up places' for pruning with this! ....... lol.

6 Aug, 2014

 

Must look it up for my apple trees Alan!

6 Aug, 2014

 

...oh, just realised, you mean the Cherry Picker at Crathes!! lol!

6 Aug, 2014

 

Your trees are lovely, Sheila. Several of mine are in serious need of attention, but I'll have to call in my "tree man" for them. I am having a never-ending battle with wisteria at the moment - as fast as I cut off long twiny bits, others grow. It's a bit early really, because it is still growing fast, but I am always very careful not to let it get established amongst the honeysuckle on the back house wall, so it's a weekly task. It matures frighteningly quickly...

6 Aug, 2014

 

Thank you Julia and Terra.

Thanks Karen, and as it is still summer I reckon I could tackle the Acer . . . it's quite old and has never been very shapely. Actually I love the Robinia, and it doesn't look too bad in 'real life'.

Thanks Alan, I'm sure Cherry Pickers are great for some people, but I don't think I could let go of the ladder to use one!

Thank you Susanne - yes, Wisterias are the trickiest of all, so I'm sure you're doing the right thing with yours.

6 Aug, 2014

 

Lovely blog Sheila - good luck with the pruning and don't fall off the ladder! I love that eleagnus, its so dainty.

6 Aug, 2014

 

I've been busy with the pruners as well Sheila, in fact three of my shrubs have recently been treated to the Chelsea Chop, I always used to prune when I felt like it irrespective of what time of the year it was, pleased to say my trees and shrubs survived and I 've gradually learnt which ones to be careful with.. I have a pruner with a very long handle on it, pruning gets done whilst still having both feet firmly on the ground, works by pulling on a string.
Enjoyed my walk around your garden......

6 Aug, 2014

 

Many thanks Stera!

Thanks Lincs, and you're taking after the late, great Christopher Lloyd who said "just prune when you feel like it!" Not bad advice I reckon :)

6 Aug, 2014

 

You have some lovely trees Sheila, I love my trees. Yep, Acers you prune mid summer or they bleed sap, we did our Acer Drummondii last week, we try to keep them in a nice ball shape. :-)

6 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks very much Dawn, and that's good to know. Secateurs will be out this weekend :))

6 Aug, 2014

 

Hi Sheila, I love your Cornus and your Robinia. Good luck with the pruning.

7 Aug, 2014

 

Thank you Klahanie :)

7 Aug, 2014

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