When Should You Prune?
You can prune apple and pear trees between November and early March, and I like to do this before Christmas. Keeping fruit trees in good shape keeps them productive. You prune in summer to produce fruit buds for the following year, prune in winter to establish a framework. The neatly pruned pear will look good against the house wall. ◆ Although we live in a valley, winter gales can still be damaging, so I reduce all the buddleias to stop them getting wind rock. I started with one lovely deep purple buddleia Black Knight and, by taking cuttings, now have six for their summer scent and butterfly magic. In March I’ll prune them further to about three feet so the flowers won’t be way above my head. Reduce the
height of bush roses too and make sure that climbers are securely tied. ◆ Any loose strands of clematis can be woven into a Christmas wreath. I fix moss onto a wire frame, tie on a dark green background of ivy and pine and add scented rosemary, holly berries and rosehips – a lovely way to greet visitors to the front door.
Buddleia Black Knight