Alina W

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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.


Posted: 30/10/2012 at 16:16

If your fuchsia is called "Lady Boothby" it is hardy; all you need to do is wrap some fleece around the pot. If a very hard frost is forecast, either bring it into a shed or put it close to a house wall to give it some protection. You can cut it down to about twelve inches now and, as an insurance, root some of the trimmings as cuttings that you keep indoors over winter.


Posted: 30/10/2012 at 15:42

They're probably too wet, which is down to the weather, not you. If they're in containers you could check the soil for vine weevil, too - C-shaped grubs with a dark head about a cm long (the grubs, not the head).

Lilic tree

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 15:39

Maybe it's a Halloween mystery?

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