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Plant of the Week: Cornus
Many of us are familiar with the colourful winter dogwoods, with whippy stems in brilliant scarlet, lime green or flames of orange to enjoy through the cold weather months.
Less well-known is that the family also includes some truly spectacular summer-flowering shrubs. Flowering dogwoods have showy, elegant bracts in ivory white or palest pink, opening in a waterfall over the delicate, airy branches, stealing the show in May and June. Look out for Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’ in powder-pink, or C. florida in ivory white. The lovely wedding cake tree, C. controversa, has tiered branches of creamy-white flowers: give it a prime position where it can really show off.
Cutting back raspberries
For many, the raspberry crop is already over for the year. If this is the case, now is the time to cut out the fruited canes, right down to ground level. Once this is done, space out and tie in new canes for next year. Then replenish any mulch material, and give plants a feed and a water.