Wednesday 24 February 2016


Last weekend I did a couple of pruning tasks. This is a good time of year for such things, because it needs to be done before the plants put on their Spring growth spurt. It is also easier to do when there are no leaves on the plants.

I have cut down most of my Dogwood shrubs, to a level just a few inches above ground level:

It looks awfully drastic, but I know from experience that this is the right thing to do. From those stumps will grow a new crop of straight, whippy stems, and it is these new stems that have the boldest colour in Winter.

The removal of the Dogwood has exposed the Clematis growing on the fence behind.

The Clematis is an un-named one that I got as a Freebie from some magazine or other and I have never known exactly how to treat it. I know that different types of Clematis need different care. Some, for instance, need to be cut right down each year, whereas others are best left to ramble. I think mine is probably one of the latter.

Anyone recognise it from the flowers? To me it looks a bit like the "Montana" type.

As well as the Dogwoods, I pruned my Hydrangea bush. The old flower heads had been getting a battering from the wind, and quite a few had snapped.

All along the stems there are plenty of new buds though.

So I snipped off the desiccated flower heads, trimmed a couple of damaged branches and cleared away all the pine-needles, leaves and miscellaneous debris from the surface of the soil, leaving everything neat and tidy.

Last year, just after I pruned the Hydrangea we had a spell of very cold and windy weather, which damaged the plant a fair bit - several of the new buds were killed off - so this time I have been very careful to position the plant in a sheltered spot, protected from the worst of any gales we may have. To be honest, I'd like to put it under cover if I had anywhere suitable.


  1. I love clematis - it was one of the first plants that I put in at our first house, which was a builder house with no landscaping. Our current house was fully landscaped (and overgrown) and we are still playing a bit of catchup with what was already here - this may the be magical year when we actually get to that stage.

  2. I think its Clematis Montana Grandiflora, I have a couple of Montanas around my garden one is Clematis Montana Broughton Star, and the other is Clematis Montana Rubens. The good thing or bad thing depending on your view point is they are good for covering over eyesores.

  3. I also think it is Montana Gradiflora, I never prune my Montanas.


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