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MaggieLMaggieL Posts: 20

OOOh I did laugh at the jobs for next week--- pruning flowering currant and forsythia! Ours, and also even daffodilts, are nowhere near flowering- the incessant snow and cold being the culprits. I think mine might be ready to prune about June!!!! I live in quite a high area in Central Scotland. Oh for a bit of warmth- and I think the plants are wishing the same.



  • LynLyn Posts: 22,860
    Mines the same Maggie, the yellow buds are only just visible. As for deadheading daffodils, hardly any out yet.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    Forsythia suspensa and Ribes 'White Icicle' are flowering here (N. Cambs) I shall cut the forsythia right back because it's started breaking large branches off at the base. I have never pruned the ribes. I like its shape. Will I regret this in the long term? there's room for it to get fairly big.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Clearly we won't be able to trust the "when to do it" advice for this year if "they", whoever "they" are, can't be bothered to amend something "they" pull out of the drawer every year without even reading it. Perhaps "they" have delegated this task to someone who doesn't have a garden!!

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Still just buds on the Forsythia here (E.mids) with snowdrops still in full bloom and only 3 or 4 dwarf daffs showing (out of hundreds still in bud!)  I also like Ribes - that is also still only buds.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    I love ribes as well Verdun. White Icicle is lovely now. I've taken cuttings and I might leave the present one as it is and grow another and cut back. See what looks best. 

    Only F. suspensa is out Bob. I think this is suspensa, looks like the pictures in the books and the growth and overall appearance are very different to the others. Bought it from a roadside stall years ago, no label

    The bright yellow ones are still asleep. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    Been out there today and I think the ribes was more out in my imagination than it is in reality. Nearly there though. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,645

    Used to have a forsythia but decided after all that I really couldn't cope with taht acid yellow so I pruned it to a stump and yanked it out.  Good decision.  

    No sign of any spring flowers on shrubs here as it's still very cold with nasty easterly winds.    Definitely not pruning weather.


    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    Try the pale suspensa obelixx. Lovely colour. Naff growth style though

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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