A stunning Laburnum arch…Time to prune Laburnum vossii. Beneath a canopy of white blossomed rhododendron, Red-flowered rhododendrons glow amongst the cool greenery. I’d love to go to Bodnant at the right time of year for the Laburnum. We concluded this tour of my favourite garden savouring the aromas of some of the newly-opening blooms in the rose garden which will be glorious in a few weeks time….. there’s always something here to tempt you back. Best wishes to you too. Pruning a laburnum on an arch: this is tackled in early winter whilst the tree is dormant. If you are growing your Laburnum as a specimen tree, remove any damaged stems and prune only to maintain the shape of the canopy. A nearby plant label named them as Nectaroscordum siculum  and I think they may commonly known as Sicilian honey garlic. And I have never seen as many tadpoles as there were swimming in ‘schools’ around the lily pads. Prune away branches that are growing the wrong way in late winter, before new growth appears in the spring. If you expect foot or vehicle traffic beneath the tree, you’ll have to prune its canopy back as well. Laburnum, or Common Laburnum –  Laburnum anagyroides  is a species of small tree in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae. Well, what a treat with my cuppa this morning! And now is the time to prune ramblers that have finished flowering, removing spent branches back to strong side shoots. An intriguing archway in a stone wall tempting further exploration, Blue flag irises amid the curious flowers of Nectaroscordum siculum. Between the lily pads we  were lucky to spot two newts swimming near the surface. On the lily pads that adorn the formal pools of the Terrace gardends were more damsel flies, the males gripping onto their captive females preparing to take off for the task of the depositing of eggs. Then along a pathway that is ‘semi-wildly’ planted with long grass and flowering plants that I think are species of Asphodel. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Contact with the tree causes skin irritation and allergic reactions in some people. It didn't look like much those first few years but gradually, as the trees grew and the branches were lovingly and dutifully pruned and trained by the committed members of the BFG staff, the Laburnum Arbor has taken on a life of its own.  The area was originally named the ‘Wild Garden’ and is believed to have been designed to give a naturalistic feel, recreating what was seen and experienced in nature. The 55 metre-long flowering feature was created by the garden’s Victorian founder Henry Pochin in 1880. Looks like a lovely place to visit and so wildlife-friendly as well. Best wishes – I will tweet this post, although I am a bit late spotting it 🙂, Hi Tony, indeed it is lovely and I think a great example of how to please people while respecting the wildlife. earn their name from the pendulous chains of yellow flowers that hang from the branches in spring and early summer. Cut back to the trunk or where they intersect with a large, healthy branch. Extreme heat or long freeze periods damage or kill the tree. As for visiting – if only North Wales was more accessible from the South, it’s such a mission to get from one end to the other by car, although easy on the train. Thank you, it is a hugely photogenic place and the hard part was choosing which images to use! Early bulbs, such as daffodils, will flower before the trees, while tulips and alliums bloom at the same time. When to prune — prune at the right time 3. Fine Gardening: Genus Laburnum (Golden chain tree), University of California: Golden Chain Tree, How to Prune Crab Apples for the Best Shape. Scotch laburnum is a small tree or shrub that is incredibly flower-bearing, hardy and easy to care for. Prune in summer, after all blooms have faded. It’s so neat, compared to ordinary laburnum trees. I haven’t seen Peacocks there as in your pics – I’ve often thought there should be one or two there! Severe frost, present in late spring in some areas, can cause damage to a buddleia. Tip: Underplanting. Your email address will not be published. There was hardly a space between the glorious racemes of blossoms. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Thank you Anny, it is an awesome sight and so much more so in ‘real life’. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Grow as much Laburnum as possible for a healthy environment and a golden sunshine. I’ve just been once, in July 2009. The Skating Pond and its environs, appropriately named ‘Far End’ are a newly restored area of the Gardens and only recently opened to the public. How the Laburnum Arch is looking this week before it bursts into bloom. Basic training is as for pleaching walks, except for laburnum and wisteria, which need to be pruned back to three or four buds from the base unless needed to extend the branch framework; then they can be shortened back by a third Laburnums trained to an arch shape are pruned annually so I see no harm. They can cope with poor soil but do best in well drained and fertile soil. Being a warm, sunny day our walk was much about light, dappled shade, water both running and still that held deep reflections of the lush foliage above it. Remove these when they are still small, when possible. Cut or pull these off at their base. The 1/3 rule can be applied to most shrubs and small ornamental trees, but for larger shade trees, pruning should be limited to no more than 1/4 of the total branches. It looks to be planted in a shady place and it is growing up to get at the light. anagyroides, the racemes are 10–20 cm (4–8 in) long, with densely packed flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous, and can be lethal if consumed in excess. A determined small boy holding onto an objecting swan, View from an upper terrace garden onto a lily pond, water lilies in the formal pools of the terrace gardens. Pruning the laburnum arch. If you’re pruning viburnums to restrain or shape their growth, the timing for when to prune viburnum is right after flowering. Posted by theresagreen in Nature, Nature of Wales, nature photography, blue damselfly, Bodnant Gardens, common blue damselfly, common newt, damselfly, gingko biloba tree, National Trust. This encourages more flowers. Put on gloves before pruning. Bodnant Gardens is rightly famed for its laburnum arch which during its peak flowering time is a truly glorious sight. Nearly 20 years ago, Maureen Murphy, owner of Bayview Farm & Garden became committed to creating a living tunnel of Laburnum trees. The laburnum arch, not quite at its best but you can see the potential . If laburnum walks are old hat, this is one old hat I feel privileged to wear. A small number of the hundreds of tadpoles in the pond, There is a lovely gingko biloba, one of the most ancient of tree species, growing in this part of the garden, A Gingko Biloba tree- also known as Maidenhair tree, and beneath the tree beautiful blue Meconopsis, or Himalayan Poppy, Blossom of a gorgeous Wedding Cake Tree-Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’. Cut back branches developing a poor angle that detracts from the shape of the tree. Remove any dead, damaged or diseased branches. Hand shears and lopping shears are ideal for branches 0.5 cm to 2 cm around. Inspect the tree for crossed branches or those rubbing together. A new year has officially begun - our gardeners have started the January job of pruning the Laburnum Arch. Reaching a height of 15 to 30 feet, golden chain trees require light annual pruning after they finish flowering each year to maintain their shape and size. The arch was breathtaking; honestly, words and even photographs cannot come close to doing it rightful justice. Prune your buddleia in early spring. Pruning of a Laburnum Tree Laburnum trees should be pruned in late summer but they can be pruned up until Christmas. They should not be pruned in the spring or early summer as they may bleed. Basic Scotch Laburnum facts. It’s now in need of a good restorative prune which will take two or three years to complete so I’ll be looking at which bits I … Laburnum can be a biggish tree and pruning will never keep it to a nice shape. Shade trees, too, will be stimulated into new growth by assertive pruning, but they do not require the same vigorous pruning that multi-stemmed shrubs do. If you wish to tidy up your tree, do this during the dormant season. We stopped for refreshment at the café in the Dell, sitting in front of this unremarkable cotoneaster bush which we soon noticed was alive with dozens of nectaring honey bees. Thanks for the tweet regardless of timing! The new growth is then pulled down and tied in with string, no closer than 1 … I didn’t have my long lens with me so this is the closest I could get leaning over the edge of the pool, but I think it’s a Common or Smooth Newt. Trim off the seed pods after they form. trees and most shrubs to become overgrown — and often weak or even unsafe. When to Prune Viburnum. I have seen pictures of the laburnum arch before but you capture it beautifully. Trim a laburnum tree to a single trunk form or allow it to develop multiple trunks for a shrub-like planting. That arch – it brings me out in shivers – just so gorgeous. I would prune out the dead wood because that contributes nothing to the look of the tree and may attract diseases. Bulbs are ideal for planting beneath your arch. The leaves are trifoliate, somewhat like a clover; the showy flowers are yellow, fragrant and held in pendulous racemes 10–30 cm (4–12 in) long in spring, which makes them very popular garden trees. Nice post – I’ve scheduled a tweet to link to it from @PaulSeligNature. A new year has officially begun - our gardeners have started the January job of pruning the Laburnum Arch. The following are my species collections & ids and a work in progress I hope to be able to keep adding to. I had been a little concerned that we may have missed the arch at its best, but fortunately the cooler than usual Spring weather had delayed the event and it turned out our timing was perfect. Your Laburnum tree is unlikely to need any pruning throughout its life but if it does, the best time is in July when it is strongly growing. Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Weeping Laburnum trees do not require regular pruning. Of course, much of viburnum pruning depends on the variety grown too. Choose the best tools for pruning laburnum trees. He employed Edward Milner, apprentice to Joseph Paxton, to help design the formal garden around Bodnant Hall, including a Laburnum Arch based on pergola walkways of the 16th and 17th centuries. Sightings of kingfishers, herons, otters and woodpeckers are all possible here. Sprinkle a couple of handfuls of blood, fish and bone into the surrounding soil and work in gently with a trowel. Free standing laburnums don’t need much pruning, other than standard maintenance for size, shape and health – remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches. In many cases, pruning just after flowering but before the setting of seedpods is sufficient. Find specific plants with our Plant Finder & Plant Selector. Wildflowers of Coastal Paths, Cliffs and Dunes, https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=25659682%40N08&sort=date-taken-desc&text=bodnant&view_all=1, Follow everyday nature trails on WordPress.com, The Walk of the Monarch Butterfly-Sendero de la Mariposa Monarca. Use a pruning saw for branches thicker than 1 inch in diameter and pruners for thinner branches. 1. 9 ft is nothing for a laburnum. I’ll begin to plan my winter work, like starting the pruning of the Laburnum Arch. However, when to prune truly depends on your region. I know I’ll never be that sort of gardener, but I am very much the sort of person who is inspired by their sheer beauty, and I very much admire the abilities of the people who plan and maintain these amazing creations. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. You can remove dead and damaged branches at any time of year. This deciduous tree grows well in mild U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 6 through 8, although it can tolerate warmer climates if the summer weather is mild. Then the whippy, young growths are taken back to the spurs (in a similar way to wisteria pruning). Cut out these branches at their base. Usually, March is the recommended time for pruning. However if you’re training your laburnum over an arch or pergola, you will need to trim and tie in the stems. This labour of love untying, cutting back and re-tying each branch to the frame of the 55m-long pergola will take two of them up to three weeks (weather permitting). Indeed, the Laburnum Arch offers an array of experiences for those who come to see it – from plant-lovers to painters and photographers alike. At Bodnant the trees are taken off the arch and laid flat on the ground. Carefully fasten new shoots to the arch with floral wire or string. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I wonder if I will ever visit Bodnant – we haven’t been to North Wales for years and missed it when we were last there in the 1980s… I would then prune the tree to the required height over the next two years and then prune … Here are a few pics from that visit: https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=25659682%40N08&sort=date-taken-desc&text=bodnant&view_all=1. While light pruning can be performed anytime throughout the year, it’s best to leave any major shearing or severe pruning for late winter or early spring. Pruning the laburnum arch. Viburnums typically form their flower buds for the following year during the summer after flowering. Best wishes to you. You should always prune your plant in early spring. The narrative board that explains the pruning process. What wonderful images – all of them! Cut these back to the trunk or the nearest healthy wood. I agree about the painterly aspects of the garden and what I particularly admire is the seamless integrating of cultivated with native plants to create an environment that feels perfectly natural, even while you know it isn’t. Inspect the tree for crossed branches or those rubbing together. Coupled damselflies preparing for take-off. The arch was breathtaking; honestly, words and even photographs cannot come close to doing it rightful justice. Be careful not to create large pruning wounds as they do not heal quickly and can as a result split the tree. See how RHS can give expert advice on growing, feeding, pruning and propagating plants. The females of this species occur in two colour forms; some are blue like the males, others, as here are green. How it looked back in mid-January this year: I had been a little concerned that we may have missed the arch at its best, but fortunately the cooler than usual Spring weather had delayed the event and it turned out our timing was perfect. Dozens of brilliant blue damselflies flitted around the edge of the pond, pausing to rest on the foliage that lines its edges. Fran Llewellyn, a gardener at Bodnant Garden said: “The Laburnum Arch is probably one of our most famous features – … InL. The trees are native to the mountains of southern Europe from France to the Balkan Peninsula. The trees are deciduous. Earlier in the year a friend and I visited whilst it was being pruned back, a mammoth task conscientiously performed each year, so we were very keen to see it again when it came into bloom. On the day of our visit the tadpoles and damselflies especially were attracting a lot of interest! The stunning and world-famous Laburnum arch at the Nationnal Trust gardens at Bodnant Castle, Wales. Plant other shrubs and climbers below and nearby for additional color. I loved the colour and form combination of the blue flag irises and unusual ornamental onion plants that had umbrellas of hanging, bell-shaped flowers. 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