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Overwintering Cannas

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 23:13

You would be better off keeping them in compost - as Geoff says, they don't want to be dried off, especially not with shoots visible. If the shoots were significantly above soil level then they would be better kept somewhere cool and light. Keep the compost just barely damp.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 13:55

Bright but very cold here in N Yorks, and very chilly last night.

Jo, I'm glad you have your heating back - this is not the weather to be without it!

Rose planting depth

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 21:52

Yes, the new advice is that the union should be below ground, for the reasons already mentioned and to encourage it to put out roots from the grafted plant.

Overwintering perennials

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 12:20

Snapdragons are perennials usually treated as annuals. You can get two years out of good plants by leaving them over winter (or cutting down by 1/3 if very tall) and cutting back to green growth in spring. The second year's plants can be as good as the first.

Osteospermums may survive in warm areas - trim lightly to tidy up and wait and see what happens in spring.

Gerberas - unless they are the new "hardy" variety will die over winter. Hardy ones may survive in a warm area.

Help My Magnolia

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 15:38

It's another deciduous plant that should be losing its leaves about now. You can also stop watering - over the next four months it will only need watering if the soil is visibly dry and powdery on the surface.

pruning fruit trees

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 12:39

You're too late with your plum this year - it needs to be pruned in summer to avoid the entrance of disease via the cuts.

To dig or not to dig?

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 21:14

Covering ground elder won't kill it in the borders. Digging is not a good idea either, as you will chop up its roots and every piece will produce a fresh plant. You need to follow the roots with a trowel to dig them out, or paint with weedkiller in spring.

Outdoor Christmas lights

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 16:57

The lights that flash always have a "static" option, so don't discount them. Larger garden centres often have a good selection.

Dark corners

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 12:11

What type of material are you looking for - stone, paint or what?

shrub or small tree in wet ground

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 16:47

I hope that the manure was well-rotted?

Kilmarnock willow would do well in damp ground.

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