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You mean Princess Margaret?????!
It's usually best done in spring.
You can wash greenfly off with mildly soapy water, but they will come back - they are a major pest in greenhouses in winter, as there are few predators.
They vary according to the cold, artjak - the colder it is, the deeper they go. Also, they can and do fly, so even if you change the soil they will still fly in.
When they become active - I've seen them as early as March.
Frosty, clear and bright here today, with the promise of more frost overnight.
The bulbs shouldn't be affected - the beetles overwinter in soil.
Re-plant your bulbs as quickly as you possibly can - unlike, say, daffodils they will be damaged if they dry out at all.
I've tried it, and got one or two measly flowers - really not worth the effort.
They are Israeli bulbs, needing hot sunshine and no frost at all - conditions that we can't really supply in the UK.
Yes, they're normally pruned in spring.
It's actually best to leave it until spring. The old growth will help protect the crown.
I hope that your visitors brought you a cake in recompense, Frank!
Still chucking it down here, but a promise of dryer weather tomorrow. Stay dry and safe, everyone!