“If a person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it, then
he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.”
– Liberty Hyde Bailey
I am one of the first people to admit that I have several problems when it comes to gardening. One is that sometimes I forget to do jobs and then I flip the other way and then go and do them at the wrong time of year. One of them is pruning. *sigh*
As you may know certain plants need to be pruned at different times of the year. You simply can’t whip round the garden with a set of loppers in January and expect a wonderful garden come summertime. It just doesn’t work that way, although I wish it would!
Say hello to exhibit A. It’s an Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n Gold’, rather a nice evergreen shrub. I like… No… I *love* the colours on it. It’s a shrub that can brighten up darker corners and acts as a great companion to darker plants so you get a wonderful contrast… And I, for the bloody life of me, can NEVER sodding well remember when you are supposed to bloody well prune it.
*Insert heavy sigh here*
Yesterday, while out and about doing jobs, I remembered that I had forgotten to prune it AGAIN last year and promptly forgot again 20 seconds later when a bee whipped past me. Come round to this morning, I remembered it, Yay me! So, to the interwebs I went. According to this site and this one they suggest mid spring to early summer.
Some shrubs can be severely pruned just as growth begins in mid-spring. Spotted laurel (Aucuba), box (Buxus), camellias, Choisya, Euonymus, hollies, Pieris, laurels (Prunus laurocerasus and P. lusitanica), Viburnum tinus and yew all tolerate severe pruning to near ground level.
I didn’t want to butcher it, but it did need a heavy prune after so long of NOT giving it a trim.
In the end I brought down it to this… It had to be done. It was just simply a haven for snails and was turning into almost solid wood with an open core. With luck the heavy prune will open it up a little and rejuvenate it some. I also had to prune out the reverted stems.
Now to my other shame…
Exhibit B is an Euonymus fortunei ‘Sunspot’. It gets pruned every year and so is a breeze to keep neat and tidy. Why? Because I’m an idiot…. That’s why. >.>
I will prune this one first (WHne I remember), fill my bin and have to wait 2 weeks for the green bin to be emptied by the council before I can go do the other one or any other things that need taking clippings away. By then I will have forgotten about the other one and then will have missed the right time to get it pruned up. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
I tell you, this gardening lark ain’t easy!
With that I am going to leave with something from the ‘Good news‘ section… After the heavy prune in early spring (You can see a trend here?)….Rose buds!