Alina W

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Posted: 19/10/2012 at 20:59

Did you plant these cannas, or did you move into a house and find them already there? Such a big clump sounds as if they haven't been dug up every year.


Posted: 19/10/2012 at 20:52

It would be better if you could leave the leaves to die down before cutting them back.

Alstroemeria overwintering

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 11:24

Yes, it should be OK provided we don't have very severe frosts. Keep it only lightly watered, too.

Splitting - I would be inclined to do this in spring.

Dog fouling on lawn and in the soil

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 10:05

If you are sure that dogs are the problem, have a look at the sonic cat scarers available in larger garden centres. They usually have a setting that works against dogs as well.


Posted: 18/10/2012 at 18:33

How long have they been in pots? They may be pot bound, and in need of splitting.

I presume that they were kept wet enough?

Are they in the sun? Try moving them into some shade.

You might also like to try feeding them with something like chicken manure pellets next year to give them a boost.

Begonia looks odd !

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 15:17

You may have kept them in too low a light situation, and too warm, before planting out, or you might have done nothing wrong. The thick stem is normal on some of the big-flowered varieties, and the length isn't too extreme. No, don't pinch them out - that will lose  the first, and largest, flower.

Wallflower and Primroses

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 12:35

I'd be tempted to keep them in the greenhouse to get best growth out of them.


Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:21

I agree with blairs on this one.

Your second point about bulbs on top of the soil when you buy them - that's to make them flower quickly.

It's not a good idea as the bulbs may freeze and be killed - plant them below soil level, as near as you can manage to garden depths. Also, don't let the pots freeze solid - put fleece over them or move them to somewhere sheltered if hard frosts are predicted.

Wallflowers and roses

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:17

Never heard of that one, I'm afraid.

Unknown plant

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:16

Their only drawback is that they self-seed very energetically.

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