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B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 24,086
We're told it's going to be a cold week. Is it safe to assume dormancy here in London by next week?
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,279
    Dunno about dormancy ... hibernation would seem to have its attractions at the moment  ;)
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  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 3,128
    I think most plants are dormant at this time of year. Perennials do grow over the winter months but very slowly. Some plants do need to be pruned whilst dormant.
    The most serious gardening I do would seem very strange to an onlooker,for it involves hours of walking round in circles,apparently doing nothing. Helen Dillon.
  • bédébédé Surrey Hills, acid greensand.Posts: 1,374
    B3 said:
    We're told it's going to be a cold week. Is it safe to assume dormancy here in London by next week?

    It's English (London) weather. Assume nothing.  Whatever happened in November may be repeated.
    "Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 24,086
    True.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 3,128
    @B3 Do you have a specific job you want to do in your garden? 
    The most serious gardening I do would seem very strange to an onlooker,for it involves hours of walking round in circles,apparently doing nothing. Helen Dillon.
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 24,086
    edited 18 January
    Pruning acer, fig and roses but the weather has been pretty mild mostly and the buds were beginning to swell on both. It's the acer and fig that I'm more concerned about. I've had plenty of advice from members about the roses so I think I know what I'm doing with them 😐 @GardenerSuze
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 3,128
    I see, it is very cold here at the moment and therefore not something I would recommend. I don't grow them @Fairygirl may have advice although she is further north.
    I am sure you have been waiting as autumn was late this year, but I would wait for a milder spell. 
    The most serious gardening I do would seem very strange to an onlooker,for it involves hours of walking round in circles,apparently doing nothing. Helen Dillon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,160
    I don't grow figs or roses [don't like either of them] but the Acer should be fine, assuming you haven't got severe weather in the offing. By that I don't mean a couple of light frosts or half an inch of snow  ;)
    Even then, any damage will be replaced by new - within reason. I don't really look at mine until much later, but my conditions will be different here. 
    Taking small dead bits off can be done at any time, as long as live tissue isn't damaged, especially in late spring/summer.   
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  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 24,086
    Thanks @Fairygirl and @GardenerSuze. Extreme cold is unlikely here, it was the swelling buds that concerned me but if I don't do it now I might miss the dormancy boat for the acer, I suppose.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • bédébédé Surrey Hills, acid greensand.Posts: 1,374
    edited 18 January
    B3 said: Extreme cold is unlikely here, 

     Kent borders?  Famous last words.

    Acers do bleed, but not until the sap is flowing.  In my experience, it causes little damage.
    "Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
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