Talk was given to a lovely group of ladies in Rutland, on the subject of ‘The Scented Garden’ . A slide presentation talking about why plants have scent. Placing scented plants within the garden and scent through the seasons was also discussed.
A winter pruning workshop was held in Morcott today.
A small group gathered in one garden to look at Apple tree winter pruning after which we moved onto to another garden to look at care of roses.
Apple trees were looked as well as climbing roses and bush types. The key to apples is take your time cut out the crossing branches and only remove a third in one year else the tree is stressed and thin wispy water shoots are sent out by the tree. renovation of trees takes time, don’trush to do it all in one season.
With climbing roses a clear framework of horizontal stems is needed to encourage buds to burst and the growth all the way along these which in turn will encourage more flowering.
Will be giving a talk on extending the flowering season for the Morcott Gardening Club on Saturday 17th January. The talk includes showing plants which begin and end the year, Helleborus sp. Clematis sp. amongst others and those which flower after the May/June flush. Further topics for discussion are combining plants that will extend the display in your back garden.