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RoddersUKRoddersUK Swanwick - SouthamptonPosts: 455
Label says late flowering, prune hard.
Internet search says spring flowering, don't prune....


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  • LG_LG_ SE LondonPosts: 4,049
    They're definitely spring flowering - mine is more or less over. I've been going by the 'don't prune' advice (except the first year when I forgot and chopped it all down...)
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,706
    Label is wrong.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Swanwick - SouthamptonPosts: 455
    Ok, so prune after flowering, but just tidying up. Flowers on old wood.
    Thanks
    Bad though for people who follow the label advice, as you think you should!
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 6,548
    Ah, but which bit of the label is wrong? If it’s new and not in flower, it might not be Frances Rivis in which case the pruning advice and flowering times might be right 😊 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,135
    Alpinas don't need pruned unless they need contained, or rejuvenated. One of mine is just starting to go over now, and the other is still in full flower, but they all flower at around April depending on where you are. :)

    As @Nollie says though - it depends on which bit of the label is wrong. Is it flowering - or are there any seed heads?  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 7,132
    edited May 2022
    'Frances Rivis' does not have ''petunia mauve flowers fading to pale pink''..  can you supply a photo of the foliage on your plant?..  the description sounds more like 'Comtesse de Bouchaud' actually.

    'Frances Rivis'.. 

  • LG_LG_ SE LondonPosts: 4,049
    Nollie said:
    Ah, but which bit of the label is wrong? If it’s new and not in flower, it might not be Frances Rivis in which case the pruning advice and flowering times might be right 😊 
    Good point - I made the assumption that the name was correct but I shouldn't have.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,135
    The colour is certainly wrong for that variety. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Swanwick - SouthamptonPosts: 455

  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Swanwick - SouthamptonPosts: 455
    These were photos from April
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