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Thriving on neglect

19 March 2017 03:06:41

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I had bought a lovely little Pieris 'Katsura' a few years ago while I was still working. But last year I neglected it badly and, slowly but surely, it wilted and died in front of my very eyes. However, as I wasn't able to do much last summer, the only consistent job I did manage was watering. This pretty Pieris had only one or two healthy looking branches left on it. And I was very reluctant to give up on it. It's now back to full health, and even flowering a small bit. The garden is getting back to looking ok this year bit by bit. And this little Pieris will have a more prominent location so I won't lose sight of it for long, and it will possibly be treated to some fresh new compost. So delighted with that.

The other day I cut back my Dogwood, and used what I cut off to root some cuttings. Just hoping it's not too late as it's just about starting to grow back now.

I took some Buxus cuttings late last year, and after ignoring them all winter, they're coming on a treat now. Thriving on neglect. I've been talking about doing a living sculpture for a few years now. I attempted to grow a Heron with some of Hazel's Hazel cuttings (or was it Willow?), which failed miserably as they were planted in too dry an area. But these little Buxus will be nursed and watched carefully until I see an obvious shape, then I'll go from there. Fingers crossed.


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fran m fran m 19 March 2017 09:25:46

It's looking good now, happy days.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 19 March 2017 14:58:48

Oh i would have died if my peris's died, i love them so much, such fighters, they deserve special attention in my mind, 

Dick Dick 19 March 2017 19:26:46

That Pieris you have is lovely. I have had difficulty growing Pieris in my garden as the soil id too limey. Enjoy yours.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 March 2017 19:27:34

Well done with the box cuttings. I love the lily of the valley flowers on the pieris and the fantastic scent.

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 19 March 2017 19:34:57

Buxus is brill and it can survive really low temps too . I lost two hedges in the recent harsh winters but not my buxus. 

Fleurette Fleurette 19 March 2017 22:29:41

Success with slips is so satisfying, Jacinta!  And all free.  And you learn so much.  That is how my garden began.  No money, sooo,    you have to find another way, and then you appreciate every plant and remember its source with affection.  

My pieris Katsura does well and as you say, is beautifully fragrant.  I have had great fun with buxus and have "topiarised" a few.  

Decky, I'm aure you know that there is a virus lurking around which affects buxus and you need to keep an eye on things.  Didn't Monty Don have to remove his hedge?  It has done a fair bit of damage  in the beautiful Mount Stewart Gardens and Estate.  


Jackie Jackie 20 March 2017 07:31:05

Love Pieris and their flowers before they open into that beautiful vivid red. Gorgeous! 


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