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A week of Wisteria pruning tips and cartoons

The worms have spent some time thinking of pruning tasks in the garden for June this week. There’s quite a few to dos when pruning your Wisteria. Follow our blog to get more daily gardening cartoons, ideas, daily tasks and tips of what you can do now in your #garden

  • The cartoon reads, Once it finishes flowering, give your Wisteria its June prune. Start with the 3D (dead, diseased and damaged parts of the plant) One worm faces away from the Wisteria, it says’ “I can’t watch this, I get motion sick”
  • The cartoon reads, Prune your wisteria now, create a strong framework to improve flowering next year. One worm has one of the pruned pointy bits pointing at it. The other worm says to the worm, “Cut back its pointy, whip stems about four leaves.” The worm with the pointy pruned stem in its face says, “pointy taken”
  • The cartoon reads, Tie in your Wisteria after pruning. Step back to look at the shape you are creating. A worm is standing next to a wellington boot, standing back from the wisteria and looking at it. looking up at the human, the worm says, “ If it was me, I’d move the stem on the right to fill the gap on the left.”
  • The cartoon reads, Wisterias need to be pruned twice a year, to produce a healthy spur system of flower buds. Now and in late winter. One worm has climbed up the wisteria to sit on one of the pruned spurs. He shouts down to another worm, “Not sure about the flower buds, but climbing up here will keep me healthy”
  • The cartoon reads, When pruning Wisterias; Oil, clean and sharpen your secateurs to prevent disease and make a cleaner cut Two worms are looking at a pruned branch, Both worms have oil on their heads, one worm says, “ A perfectlyy clean cut” The other worm replies, “ If I was to be critical, perhaps a little too much oil.”
  • The cartoon reads, Give Wisteria’s a layer of mulch as they are prone to drying out. aim to create a ring donut around its base The cartoon is of two worms sitting in a ring of mulch around the base of a wisteria. One worm says, “ They mean don’t mulch against its stem” The other worm, yellow, says, “doh!”

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How to grow Wisteria

I’ve read about pruning Wisteria at this time of year (June), and/or once the flowers have died back. It’s a good time to start pruning wisteria. Your aim is to create a strong framework of main stems covered with flowering spurs – these are the short, nobbly stems with little buds/leaves on them.

As with all pruning, start with the 3Ds – dead, diseased and damaged – and remove the offenders.

The Wrigglers have joined the #putpollinators first Campaign

Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine

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Gardener’s world launched its #putpollinatorsfirst campaign, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. See what you can do to play your part:

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With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”

There are 3 ideas:

Sow some pollinator meadow seeds

Create habitats for butterflies, moths and caterpillars

Make a cornfield nectar bar

By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.

Here are some seed suppliers and links:

Dobies

Thomson and Morgan – how to sow wildflower seeds

RHS – How to grow a mini wild flower meadow

More from the worms

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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