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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Should It Stay or Should It Go?

01 February 2011 22:50:30
Should It Go or Should It Stay?

Should It Go or Should It Stay?

The only piece I couldn't remove the mint from was under the ceoanthus shrub, this shrub looked very sad most of last year but picked up a little by the autumn but had very few flowers it's looking very bad after the freeze this year. In front of this shrub is a little clump of anenomes which will need to be lifted if the decision is made to remove it as it really is not going to look good this year. Anyone think it would rejuvenate if it was pruned back hard? Listening to the weather forecast earlier it sounds as though it'll either be a seed sowing day or housework but maybe they'll be wrong.


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Hosta Hosta 01 February 2011 23:01:51

As far as I know Geraldine, Ceanothus don't like being pruned too hard.  You have a great amount of work done


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 01 February 2011 23:02:28

It looks very like my ceanothus - very dead! i'm going to leave it a while longer in case it has a resurection!


Rachel Rachel 01 February 2011 23:06:36

Best to leave it for a bit before deciding if it's dead, Geraldine. But that all depends on how much it's annoying you...


rosburke rosburke 01 February 2011 23:18:21

if you were not happy with how it looked, i would just get rid as it will only annoy you again this year.


Jacinta Jacinta 02 February 2011 06:09:56

Iwould say if there is ANY improvement at all on the Ceanothus, it will be very minimal. Have you got the patience to nurse it back to full health? I think I would get rid of it.


Myrtle Myrtle 02 February 2011 09:49:29

I think so too as it probably would never do well there as it is high up in a very exposed position. When you dig it out if you find some life in it you could always try it in a more sheltered spot.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 02 February 2011 10:38:15

Think I've already decided it will go as it's very visible in that bed will try and find it another spot if it looks worth giving another chance. It's getting a fair battering with the wind and rain at the moment.


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