Category Archives: Wisteria

Wisteria – don’t be afraid

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Last year we didn’t get around to pruning the Wisteria in January. The flowers and the leaves arrived at the same time.  This year I thought we were being rather brutal in January with our pruning regime but I was determined to get the flowers first, foliage second.

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This is how the buds looked after our January pruning

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And now we look at the developing buds, all flower buds and few leaves… I can’t wait for next week now…

I guess the moral in the story is you MUST prune in January.

Watch this space for the finale..

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Better, but not as good as this one…

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Today we were…

Pruning the Wisteria.  There are 3 in this garden, all very established plants that flower well and grow like monsters.  One is trained up the front of the house, one trained as a hedge (much like at Sissinghurst), and one trained up a post on the pergola in the shape of a tree.

Wisteria needs pruning twice a year, in the summer and winter.

Last year, when I didn’t prune one of the Wisterias as we simply ran out of time, the flowers and the leaves came together.  The reason for pruning now is that a flowering spur also contains leaf buds.  By pruning the spur back to 2 buds now should promote flowering before leaf growth.

We shall see.

 

How to maintain some plants in a late summer border (2)

Alix demonstrates some maintenance procedures for August in this short video. Today we’re looking at Budleja,  Nepeta, Wisteria and

Roses