Alina W

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 14:36

Hot here again in North Yorks. Plants have to go out, though - they're wilting too fast in their cells.

Ladys Mantel

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 14:34

You need to stop it seeding, so cut off the pretty (and poisonous) red berries. In the lawn, a standard lawn weedkiller will see to them; in the borders, they're quite easy to dig out.

Indoor Yucca with brown tips

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 13:30

You can snip the brown off, but they will die back further in time. Your best bet is to cut just short of the green rather than going into it.

Sh**s Sorrel

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 13:27

Glyphosate works by making plants grow more strongly before they finally die - are you sure that you gave your weedkiller enough time?

Be very careful if using a path weedkiller - the most effective ones remain active in the soil for 3-6 months, so you would have to wait a lot longer than a month before turfing.



Posted: 27/05/2012 at 13:23

Poppy flowers usually only last a day or so if we're talking about annual poppies so yes, extra heat will make them go over faster. There's nothing that you can really do about it.

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.

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