Alina W

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Ornamental alliums

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 00:19

Lilies definitely don't like the damp.

If your lily is in a pot, try covering the pot over winter to stop it getting too wet.

HELP !!!!!what about ground cover plants- does it work?

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 18:10

You could try ajuga, available in a number of leaf colours. This forms a dense mat that nothing can get through but, like all ground-cover plants, it will crawl over low plants, too, so you have to keep an eye on it. It is no problem with shrubs, though, and easy to remove.

Whatever you do, don't be tempted to use ivy, as that will kill everything in its path, including shrubs, as many commercial plantings will testify.

Talkback: How to prune roses

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 18:06

Wait until its first flush of flowers is over, about July. Then prune it back to 6" below whatever height you want, always pruning to an outward-facing bud. You will inevitably lose some flowers, but it will soon produce more.

pinching out

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 17:01

No, leave them. Most modern seeds are bred to branch naturally.


Posted: 26/05/2012 at 14:10

You're quite right - whenever I buy a plant in flower it drops its buds as soon as I get it home, and I have over a hundred houseplants.

You're really not alone

Ants and Aphids

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 14:07

I'm not sure what kind of paint you have in mind, but the simple solution is a wide, thick band of vaseline - the ants get stuck in it and get no further.


Posted: 26/05/2012 at 13:08

If it's just the buds that have gone, and the leaves still look healthy, then I wouldn't worry. The chances are that the plant didn't like the move - given time, it should settle down and flower again.

Planting out

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 13:05

I don;t think it's a good idea to move shrubs in leaf now. However hard you try, you will damage the roots and stress the plants enormously in this heat. As already said, they're best moved in spring or autumn when it's mild and damp.

Londbridge Rose

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 23:03

Are you keeping it well watered in this hot weather? It will need watering every couple of days at the moment, more if you haven't had much rain recently.


Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:56

No, pruning will not solve your cherry tree's problems, it may well make them worse.

When you say that it is rotting, what exactly do you mean? Cherry trees don't just start to rot from the rain.

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Sparse flowering cherry

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