As spring has set in now… it’s wonderful to also be outside pottering in your garden or balcony. Bring peace, harmony and beauty to your outside area… by taking care of your borders, shrubs, lawn and pots. Giving it all lots of TLC (tender loving care)
Feng Shui flows naturally from your home into your outside space… it’s about feeling happy when you step onto your property. The feeling of “Yes, this is HOME.”
Be proud of your home… it reflects who you are!
Best time now is to get pruning… so get your secateurs (snoeischaar) out, oil them and clean properly before you get stuck in.
WHAT NOT TO DO IS AS IMPORTANT many times as what to do each season, the dont’s as powerful as the do’s. Nowhere is this more to the point than with pruning, the “there’s no turning around now” portion of horticulture, where you can’t glue it back on or wait a few weeks for another (forgiving) flush of foliage, as when you give a ratty perennial or annual a needed haircut. Are you feeling scissor-happy? Read this first.
Early bloomers flower on old wood. Go out and look at a forsythia or a lilac: Unless you pruned in summer or autumn, you’ll see flower buds already in place, dormant but there. If you prune now, it won’t flower now. Makes sense?
Generally speaking, don’t prune spring-blooming shrubs and trees more than a month or so after they finish blooming. After they’re finished flowering, prune immediately. You will not kill the plant by pruning a little later, in many cases, but you will be deprived a season of bloom, so why not first enjoy it?
Woody plants that flower late in the season, such as Hydrangea paniculata, bloom on new wood. Again, go out and look. You don’t see any flower buds now, in early spring, do you? Discovering where on the stems and when the plant creates its flower buds will help direct your pruning efforts.
Lilac (Sering) pruning: Unless the shrub’s a neglected wreck in need of rejuvenation, cutting off bouquets of flowers is all the pruning you’ll want to do.
Viburnum pruning: Less is more.
Clematis: I like the ones that like to be cut back hard in spring, to about 10/15 cm.
Buddleja: Off with its head, now. Just before the buds want to break, cut the most familiar kind, B. davidii down to near ground-level. Even though in some gentle winters it seems as if it will break higher up, it will look like a hell of a mess without a hard cutback, trust me.
Weigela: Some shrubs, including weigela, hate being cut back part way, and are better pruned thus: Remove a portion of the oldest stems near the base, to allow younger wood to develop fully.
Roses: I don’t have low growing shrub roses, but climbers and ramblers… the ramblers that grow up into trees I just neaten up as much as I can… the climbers I prune back hard in autumn actually…but if you haven’t done that then get your secateurs out and do it now!
Hydrangeas: Generally speaking, prune the mop heads (H. macrophylla, the big blue ones) after they bloom in summer, but before they set next season’s buds. How? Cut out the oldest stems to the ground to make room for new ones. This one’s a trickster to normal thinking, because though it blooms relatively late, in most varieties it does so on year-old wood, so it does carry flower buds over the winter. Deadheading is always allowed.
Ornamental Grasses: chop off fairly low to the ground now as it will start to sprout and it will not look pretty if you do it later and the grasses have all their tips with a #cutofflook!
Happy gardening, pruning and preparing for beauty to explode in your garden or balcony!
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