I am recently retired, and find myself with the time to finally get out in the yard and work on some long dreamed about projects. One big problem is not knowing where to begin. I start on one thing, then see something that needs to be done first, so I feel like I'm running around a lot and not getting much accomplished. Another problem is just plain old lack of knowledge about what I'm doing. For example, I know some of my bushes and vines need pruning but I'm not sure when is the best time to do this. I have two different Clematis that have dropped their leaves and are just hanging. They never vined the way I invisioned them doing this year, and I don't know whether to just cut them back now and start over again next Spring, or is it getting too cold? Also have a butterfly bush and a viburnum growing way out of hand. Now or after they bloom in the Spring??
Don't know if this is the proper forum for my questions, but I enjoyed looking at the slide show and felt like, given time and more experience, I might just fit in. We'll see.

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Comment by Loren D Mannon on October 30, 2010 at 2:03pm
Hi Judy! This is a great site, so I'm thinking you will fit in just fine.
Not sure which viburnum you have, but I would be pruning the butterfly bush as soon as the leaves drop. There are many 'Groups' of special intrest that can get you the answers you need. Remember the most important aspect of gardening is to enjoy it.

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