Well, here we are - one year in our new house today and, because we have done lots of building work inside, I still haven't completely sorted out the very well established and previously well-kept garden!! I can almost imagine the neighbours looking at it and thinking how unkempt it must look now!!! I now want to put my own stamp on it but would still like to keep the nicer plants. I also want to make it child-proof for my now-toddling grandson and get him interested in helping Nanna!
Having had a year to identify most plants, I now need to ascertain how to care for them so here goes ....
Philadelphus ... I have one of these which was beautiful last year. It is now extrememely overgrown both within and upwards (about 7 ft high). When is the best time to sort this out?
Ceanothus ... very bushy - do I prune this after it has flowered? If so how much do I take off (hubby managed to kill the one at my last house so he is not getting near it!)
Winter Jasmine ... I think I have one of these! It had only a few flowers but the fragrance was divine. No more flowers so should I cut this back?
Berberis darwinni ... am I right in thinking that this just needs shaping after the flowers have died back?
Standard Roses ... I have 4 very well established Standard Roses. I am a spring rose-pruner (inherited this from my late father) but have never had a standard rose. How much do I take off? Do I prune as I do for Hybrid roses and go back to about 4 inches from the main stem?
So many questions but I am determined to concentrate on the garden now whilst we save for a new kitchen!!! LOL
Thanks for any help you can offer me!
In my garden, plants have two choices ... hopefully they will make the right choice!