One of Charlie’s other favourite walks is Primrose Hill Community Woodland which is a fantastic facility on the north side of Bath. We walk there regularly and it’s wonderful to watch the progress of the seasons in an environment that has a wide variety of woodland tree and hedge species, all being well maintained by volunteers. At this time of year, it all looks a bit brown and drab though clearly Charlie finds plenty to sniff.
And then suddenly you turn a corner and there’s an avenue of Dogwood’s looking extremely striking on a sunny day.
The pruning advice for Dogwood’s is that you trim each stem down to a shrubby framework just 10cm from the ground at this time of year and then new bright vibrant straight stems will emerge – it is said that if you don’t do this each year, the colour vibrancy will fade over time, but this photograph shows that very mature Dogwood’s (I’d guess these plants are maybe 10 years old) can also be left un-pruned to form very tall (this photograph shows it at 4m tall) informal hedges – in some areas it’s planted next to mounds of Lonicera pileata which also looks fab. So, either hard prune your Dogwood’s now (the yellow stemmed variety Cornus Stoloifera is treated the same as the red stemmed Cornus Alba or the vivid red stemmed Cornus Sibirica) or if you’d like more height, try leaving them this year to see if next winter’s colour is still as strong.