As explained by Dujesiefken and Stobbe in The Hamburg Tree Pruning System (2002), the greatest amount of cambium necrosis resulting from pruning tends to occur when pruning is done during the dormant season.
As further explained by the authors, as the cambium at the wound edge dies back, the wound itself becomes bigger and the complete encapsulation of the damaged wound tissue by wound wood takes more time as compared with smaller areas of cambium necrosis.
So – is it a good idea to prune crapemyrtles in the fall or early winter? No, and we should try to leave everything else alone as well, at least until we move into the very latter part of winter.
By mid December our two hybrid mahonias – ‘Winter Sun’ and ‘Underwood’ - were in full bloom, with bright yellow flowers attracting large numbers of honeybees from nearby hives. ‘Winter Sun’ and ‘Underwood’ are very reliable early winter flowering shrubs, regardless of whether we’re having a cold December or experiencing the exceptionally warm temperatures we’ve seen this year.
These two hybrids are shorter and more compact than the more familiar leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei), and more heat tolerant than Oregon grapeholly (Mahonia aquifolium). They have excellent shade tolerance, and have thrived in an understory location at the Agricultural Building since being planted in 1996.
In a hot, full sun location in front of the building, we have another yellow-flowering shrub that is just getting started as of late December. Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is a dense, mounding, spreading shrub with green stems and semi-evergreen foliage. The bright yellow flowers are produced over a period of several weeks through the winter, and should get very close to if not overlap the forsythia bloom period.
Page 2 of 2 - So if you’d like to liven up your winter and early spring landscape with bright yellow flowers, consider a combination of ‘Underwood’ or ‘Winter Sun’ mahonia, winter
jasmine, and forsythia.
Tame Impala is now a nine-year overnight psychedelic success thanks to its founder Kevin Parker. See them in Oslo, Stockholm, Sweden, or Hamburg in February. Tame Impala rocks Berlin, on Feb. 8, followed by Koln, Manchester, Alexandra Palace, London, on Feb. 12 and 13. Next stop is Bogota, Colombia. Information: http://www.tameimpala.com/tours/
The star is having a rough time at present over newspaper stories and misquotes. She can console herself that her music has led to transatlantic success and a Grammy nomination for “Love Me Like You Do.” “Fifty Shades of Grey” has much to answer for, though her good looks doesn’t do any harm and her vocal talent explains a lot. Goulding plays Le Zenith, Paris, on Feb. 25, as well as February dates in Madrid, Zurich and Luxembourg. Her UK dates in March include two nights at the02 Arena. Information: http://tour.elliegoulding.com/
Morricone’s music condenses nicely to a CD-length collection or concert awash with film themes and spaghetti-western color (usually blood red) that immediately conjures up images of Clint Eastwood’s man with no name. The music has influenced many rockers and been endlessly sampled. Now 87, Morricone is still leading a big orchestra through themes such as “A Fistful of Dollars,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Chi Mai” and “Once Upon a Time in America.” Dates in Dublin (Feb 14) and London’s O2 (Feb 16). Information: http://www.theo2.co.uk/events/detail/ennio-morricone-1
It has been more than 50 years since she had a hit aged 16 with “As Tears Go By.” She deserves to be known as more than a former Rolling Stones girlfriend who has overcome heroin and health scares. Faithfull has delivered some impeccable albums such as “A Secret Life.” The voice has dropped and sometimes cracks beautifully and the passion she brings to performance is, if anything, stronger than ever. Faithfull follows her showcase at the Roundhouse with a performance in Cognac, France. Information: http://www.mariannefaithfull.org.uk/shows