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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Pruning & Exotics

17 July 2009 17:31:26
Datura & Glory Lily

Datura & Glory Lily

I went out into the wind today to prune my Mock Oranges. I have about 14 of them and they have just finished flowering.

In the books it's so clear cut. You prune the branch, which has just flowered, back to a strong shoot. Well, I could find no new shoots in many cases. Sometimes I imagined I could see a scar on the stem, like you do with roses, so pruned to that. Mostly I just thinned the bushes out by removed complete branches from congested centres. Very unsatisfactory. I really don't want to end up with leggy specimens!

While I was annoying the Mock Oranges, the Rosa Rugosa came to my attention. God, they're such invasive things, springing up miles from the original bush. I hacked at them but, annoyingly, when you cut off the outside branches, you uncover the unattractive spider like legs of the bush. But I think I've ranted on about Rosa Rugosa before in this journal so I'd better give it a break : )

Putting all that aside, my heart was warmed by the sight of my flowering Datura. And the scent - overpowering. You know, rainy Ireland can't be all bad when you can grow beautiful exotics like this!!!


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rita d rita d 17 July 2009 17:37:00

glory lily is gorious!! Angels trumpet less glorious in that all parts are poisonous. nevertheless a beautiful flower but one to keep the kids away from.


rita d rita d 17 July 2009 17:37:32

glory lily is glorious!! Angels trumpet less glorious in that all parts are poisonous. nevertheless a beautiful flower but one to keep the kids away from.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 17 July 2009 17:45:29

Looking good Rachel, wish my datura were that far along.


J.D. J.D. 17 July 2009 20:16:31

Yea terrific Rachel. Well done. I lost my Datura over the winter the year before last. I had it in the greenhouse. Thought it would be ok. But sadly, not.


jocko121 jocko121 17 July 2009 23:10:27

Rachel you garden is massive in size and wow factor. Thanks for your comments on my pics the Achillea is " Moonshine " A great plant for the border. We hope to do a prarie planting scheme with various grass types and have that coming up throught it . Will keep you posted on the outcome


Rachel Rachel 22 July 2009 16:13:56

My kids don't eat plants in the garden, Rita, so I have laburnum & digitalis & datura & mandrake and loads more. Sorry about your Datura Jacinta - they're for the kitchen, like the bananas. Our kitchens will be full this year. Thanks for your kind comments, Jacko - wow, that is what we said alright when we saw how much had to be mowed! Have left some more comments in your journal.


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