I'll show you a couple of close-ups of the "Before" situation. Exhibit 'A'...
A lot of the droopy, downward-growing shoots had touched the soil and begun to root. Presumably this is one of the Dogwood's normal methods of propagation.
Likewise, Exhibit 'B' after its operation:
I think that what this will do is allow the shrubs to put most of their energy into a smaller number of better branches. This should hopefully pay dividends in the Spring when new growth begins to appear once more.
Only a very small number of the cuttings I planted in the Spring had taken root - which is just as well I suppose, since I do already have plenty of Dogwoods!
|Spring-planted cutting now rooted|
So now the shrub border is looking a lot neater. You won't be able to make this out in my photo, but there are actually six different Dogwood varieties in that bed, and another elsewhere.
I have the following varieties:-
1. Cornus Alba "Kesselringii" - very dark, almost black, stems, bronzey-green leaves
2. Cornus Alba "Aurea" - red stems, yellowy-green leaves (Exhibit 'B' above)
3. Cornus Alba "Gouchaultii" - red stems, variegated green-and-cream leaves
4. Cornus Sericea "Cardinal" - red, orange and yellow stems, plain green leaves
5. Cornus Alba unknown - greenish-yellow stems, green leaves (Exhibit 'A' above)
6 Cornus Alba unknown (nicknamed "Milton Keynesii") - red stems, green leaves
7. Cornus Sanguinea "Midwinter Fire" - red/orange/yellow stems, golden leaves
You might think that caring for Dogwoods seems like a lot of trouble, but I disagree: a few hours of pruning each year, and you are rewarded with THIS:-
|"Midwinter Fire" in November|
|"Milton Keynesii" (a nickname only, please note)|