Pruning at its best is both art and science but even if we can’t achieve the art everyone should strive for a minimum of harming the plant as little as possible and that means you don’t leave stubs. They are ugly. They die and provide an avenue for disease entry. They may grow a zillion water sprouts (that wild hair look) that make you hack at the plant more. Stubs achieve absolutely nothing positive. Read more »
It’s easy to get caught up in the glory of big. blowsy flowers, especially this time of year when everything is blooming, but don’t forget some of the small delights that are out there. Sara Malone and Janice LeCocq of the Form and Foliage blog have some photos of glorious treats left by the Easter Bunny up on their website. Read more »
Cass Turnbull, local pruning guru and founder of Plant Amnesty (whose mission is to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs) sent out an email to Plant Amnesty members about hydrangea pruning. With Plant Amnesty’s permission, I’ve included the content of the email here. When the results come out – I’ll pass those along too. Also, if you want a pruning book that is useful and actually an enjoyable read, get Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning.
Cass Turnbull’s Hydrangea Test
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Few plants provide as much wintertime cheer as the shrubby dogwoods – redtwig, yellowtwig or best of all, red, orange and yellow twig – aren’t they glorious? There’s nothing subtle or retiring about these plants; they blaze, especially when you put them against a dark backdrop.
In the photo above the dogwoods show up more brightly on the right where they are backed by a dark green ceanothus while those on the left appear more subdued against the paler green of heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica). Read more »
Don’t make this pruning faux pas at home. (Found outside a Kinkos.)