Standard Cotinus Royal Purple, will you have success with this unusual shrub in Aberdeen?
Well we have tried it, again and again and again. We were always very keen on the colour of the foliage, which offers a really good contrast to all the shades of green in the garden.
Cotinus Royal Purple would usually come through the first Winter. The tiny red leaf buds were very reluctant to open in Spring, however in the third week of May sign of life would start to appear.
By the time Summer was coming to an end it was always evident that this shrub was simply not giving of its best, and by the following Spring more often than not the brittle stems were clearly dead, occasionally offering a little fresh growth from the base We finally decided to give up on Cotinus Royal Purple.
A couple of years ago Myra spotted standard forms of this plant for sale from J Parkers mail order, we decided to give it one more try. They no longer have this standard form in stock, may come back later. Below I have added a link to another company selling this standard form although it appears to be much shorter than the one which we purchased from Parkers.
Problem solved, this plant looks great placed in an area where it can be seen from the kitchen window. It was potted up in a decent sized container with grit covering the compost, at last,a red leafed Cotinus which looks good in the garden for over seven months of the year. As soon as November comes in I place it in the unheated greenhouse and next April I will place it where I think it will look best, perhaps next year another position will be found for this terrific plant.
The common name for Cotinus is, Smoke Bush due to the purplish/pink blooms which appear in July/August looking like, well, puffs of smoke I suppose.
However if you are living in Aberdeen and these blooms appear on your plant, I want to see it.. To be quite honest, its not very likely to happen in our climate although if you are in a very sheltered position you may have managed to have more success with Cotinus than I have. I am pleased with my container plant though.
Hardiness — Hardy, very borderline in Aberdeen
Position — Full sun
Care — Tidy up by cutting back any dead branches in early Spring.
Every week I receive emails asking if I would like to have a (guest post) on my blog, I expect you get the same thing. As a rule I get back to the sender and explain that this is a personal blog and I didn’t think it appropriate. On this occasion it got the better of me. I carried out some google searches for some information. I mean, I can see the point as far as the author of the article is concerned, most likely they want a link advertising a product and have likely been paid for the privilege of it being on my site.
However I had been thinking, what’s in it for those who decide to accept this request, its not like I was being offered to have my blog linked. Well my google search seems to show many positives to the idea, suggesting that such activity could raise the profile of ones blog. I don’t pretend to fully understand how this comes about. Anyway I have given permission for Sam Luther, gardening blog writer, to be the first and maybe last to have this honour, if I had received more information of your gardening exploits or blog I would have linked directly to you Sam as I was very taken with your writing skill.
. I have to say I felt encouraged to accept this guest post when I saw that the advert contained in the article was directed to (Crowders) a mail order company where I had just recently purchased six Hardy Geraniums Max Frei from several weeks ago, fabulous plants and so very well packed.
Sams post is all about Winter gardening tips. There are lots of young and not so young folks out there having just caught the gardening bug who I am sure will take pleasure in advice such as this, over to you Sam.
Winter gardening tips to get a start on spring and summer.
There are moments when you look outside during winter and wish desperately for the warmth of summer. But don’t fret. Turn that frown upside down and make winter the season of preparing for a long relaxing summer.
February and March often provide days with mild weather that are perfect for comfortably working outside in the garden. Even if the weather is still a bit dodgy in your area, you can begin with pruning your plants one weekend and raking and mulching the following weekend. Once your basics are finished, it’s time to begin new projects.
These winter gardening chores are the first steps to making a relaxing summer, when you can finally sit back in your dream chair, and take in your surroundings!
Turn the shrubbery and tree lines into something of beauty with light pruning during the winter, while there are no leaves on the trees and you’re able to see more clearly a plant’s branching structure. Prune any branches which are crisscrossed or are growing inward toward the trunk of the tree or shrub. Any upward pointing branches on a weeping plant should also be removed. When pruning, make your cuts slightly above the branch collar.
- Check on your evergreen shrubs after snowstorms and shake off the snow to prevent any lasting damage.
- How about recycling your Christmas tree for mulch? You’ll only throw it away otherwise.
- Don’t forget to feed the birds, and give them some unfrozen water as well as seeds and nuts.
- Remember to sharpen your tools so you’ll be ready to get to work when the ground thaws.
- Mulch your perennials and win the fight against weeds before they have the chance to infiltrate the rest of your garden.
- Sketch your new garden ideas for the landscape and start building.
It sounds easy when you really think about it, and it is. Gardening can be very time consuming in the spring and summer, and everyone wants to enjoy the beautiful warm weather doing other activities – not worrying about the landscape! A little planning ahead and a few days of clean-up work and prepping can make gardening so much easier for the growing season.
A few planning tips for your garden can be as simple as:
- Building a raised bed for annuals or vegetable planting.
- Drawing out a new plan for plant placement. Jotting down ideas for new plants to add in.
- Starting your own compost.
- Protecting animal attracting plants with wire cages.
- Wrapping thin bark trees which are susceptible to cold weather damage.
- Protecting evergreens from winter burn.
After you have protected delicate plants against the worse part of winter and the early spring temperature fluctuations, and have a plan for your garden design, it’s time to put everything into action. There’s no doubt that this will be an achievement you will be proud of and, when spring hits, you can relax knowing that your garden is in great shape.
Well that was the end of today’s post, however I couldn’t resist this one shot by Myra in early October on a beautiful sunny morning.
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