Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Fuchsia Pruning.

All readings are taken from a sheltered location in our garden and cover a 24 hour period starting at 6pm.
Low Temp: -1.8C
High Temp: 13.9C
Rainfall: 0.0mm
Strongest Gust of wind: 1.0 mph.
Weather Today: Dry and sunny after a frosty start.
Below are a couple of pictures of my Fuchsia pruning handy work that I promised JEANETTE. You may need to click on the pics and enlarge them if they will to properly see the difference and what I've done. Basically I just remove any weak shoots back to one or two buds, take out any crossing shoot, especially from the centre of the plant and then shorten the rest back to form a balanced shape to the plant, you are trying to avoid having more growth on one side of the plant than the other side. As you will be able to see I have shortened the stronger main shoots back by about half, if you can keep on lengthening these main branches each year your plant will get bigger. of course the plant would get big quicker if you left the whole of the main branch on but it would be too weak to take the weight of the flowers and leaves and would most likely break off so if you shorten it by about half its strong enough to take the strain, its just a case of not being to greedy. If I can remember I will take a picture of one of my bigger Fuchsia's sometime so you can see how the size has built up over the years.

Tuesday 11th February 1992.
The postman delivered more bad news this morning - a letter from the position we enquired about in Argyll. They say the job has been taken but they will keep our name just in case things don't work out with the people they've employed. We won't be holding our breath though. Vicki went out with Jackie tonight, they went swimming and then sunning themselves on sunbeds. The lord and lady are opening the big house to paying guests.
Because of our unhappy position at the time we had applied for several positions, one being gardener and housekeeper at a place in Argyll. Jackie was the housekeeper at the big house. The people we lived and worked with on this estate were far more open and friendly than they are on the one we're at today, unfortunately the lord of the manner was more or less impossible to get on with, a sort of reversal to the way things are here.

1 comment:

Jeanette said...

Gday Bob, Thanks for the tips on Fuchsia's,I have 2 looking very much like your one, they dont like the heat and were been getting plenty of that, so will cut these 2back to see if I can save them, maybe even try to get a couple of cuttings,but once again wrong time of the year,the other 7 or 8 just very scruffy and heat affected. mine never loose all there leaves in winter, and seem to do better in the cooler weather..Ill take some more photo's of them when they are looking a lot better,,, thanks again Bob.... Jen