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prunes and prisms

Intentionally formal and/or prudish speech or action. The phrase originated in Charles Dickens' novel Little Dorrit as an example of proper speech. When you talk to your grandmother, stick to prunes and prisms so that you don't offend her. If you want to become a proper lady, practice saying "prunes and prisms"!
See also: and, prune

prune something away

to cut away something unwanted or unneeded. Please prune the lower branches of the trees away. They are starting to annoy pedestrians. We pruned away the dead branches.
See also: away, prune

prune something of something

to clear, clean, or groom something of something by pruning. Sally was out in the orchard pruning the apple trees of dead branches. They pruned the roses of their unneeded branches.
See also: of, prune

prune something off (of) something

 and prune something off
to cut something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Claire pruned the dead branch off the apple tree. She pruned off the dead branch.
See also: off, prune

full of beans

1. Lively, energetic, in high spirits, as in The children were full of beans today, looking forward to their field trip. This expression has no valid explanation. [c. 1840]
2. Also, full of prunes. Acting foolish, talking nonsense, as in One cup of coffee won't hurt you-you're full of prunes. [c. 1930] Also see full of crap.
See also: bean, full, of

full of beans

mod. full of nonsense; full of hot air. Oh, be quiet. You’re just full of beans.
See also: bean, full, of

full of prunes

mod. full of nonsense. (see also full of beans. Prunes can cause gas = hot air = nonsense.) You’re just silly. Completely full of prunes.
See also: full, of, prune

full of beans

1. Energetic; frisky: The children were too full of beans to sit still.
2. Badly mistaken: Don't believe him; he's full of beans.
See also: bean, full, of
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As clematis vary in pruning needs from one type to another,keep the nursery label which will include pruning instructions.
The aim of pruning should in most cases be to ensure that the shrub and tree are healthy and well shaped.
The objective of our study was to assess the impacts of traditional pruning and no pruning on tree growth and productivity.
An official with the Forest Department told the Cyprus Mail that radically pruning trees isn't an unusual method.
When pruning shoots, cut them right back to the thicker branch they are growing out of, and try to make the cut as flush to the branch as possible so there are no bits jutting out which could harbour disease.
A horticulture expert, Manzoor Ahmad, said the traditional pruning method and lack of knowledge regarding proper pruning and chopping had affected fruit production over the years.
The most routine and important pruning task is the removal of any dead, diseased and damaged tissue.
Hard pruning, when stems are cut back to three or four buds from the base, is best for newly planted bushes, while moderate pruning, where stems are cut back to about half their length, is advised for hybrid tea bushes growing in ordinary soils.
Hard pruning, when stems are cut back to three or four buds from the base, is recommended for newly planted rose bushes, while moderate pruning, where stems are cut back to about half their length, is advised for hybrid tea bushes growing in ordinary soils.
After pruning, spray with a fungicide against mildew and black spot, making sure the bush is thoroughly covered.
The lack of pruning exercise, which is generally undertaken in winter season by the civic body's horticulture department, has caused extended tree branches to intrude into several houses and public spaces, causing inconvenience to city residents.
That is how gardening specialist Carol Chernega views the art and science of pruning a shrub.
Pruning is seen as an important management practice in plants in the production of crops.
You force the plant to make the maximum use of its available resources, by putting them into the rose's "core business" Pruning hard is a dangerous policy in an unpredictable environment Thus, if you are in a spot where you know nature may play tricks on you, you may opt for a policy of high tolerance.
Clematis are the climbers which cause the most confusion when it comes to pruning because there are three groups of them, and if you prune the wrong type at the wrong time you'll ruin your chances for blooms this year.