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Privet in a pot

B3B3 Posts: 27,017
Last year there was a buy two get one free offer at the GC. There wasn't anything I particularly fancied so I took a variegated privet and potted it on.
I wasnt sure what to do with it so I thought I'd try a bit of topiary.
Ive been pinching out anything that popped up -it's due for another I think.
I'm thinking that I should try to bulk it up some more before I try to shape it. Am I right?
No idea what shape I want, but assume a cockerel is a trifle ambitious😉

Any advice would be appreciated.

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    if you make your shape out of wire you can then cut it back to that point easily, the more you take out the tips the more it will thicken out and bush.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,017
    Thanks @treehugger80. Should I thicken it some more or start training it right away?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,017
    @philippa smith2 I was joking. But,come to think of it, it would be fun to try something ambitious. Balls are awful boring! Are you near SE London?  The thing is, I can't even remember what the two plants I actually wanted were. It's a funny old world😉
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,490
    That privet says to me ‘Space Hopper’. 
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,017
    edited July 2019
    Possibly @Nollie 😊 . It has yet to speak clearly to me. There are definite ear possibilities.
    My diseased little box hedge now recovering from brutal live or die if you want to pruning was once a train. Well it looked like it to me😉
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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