Alina W

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Restricting growth........

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 22:30

No, it's not normal or ideal - for a start, pruning will encourage more growth. However, the tree you mention doesn't grow that fast, and it is possible to prune it gently every year to keep it in bounds. It's best to start doing this before the tree becomes too big, however, as pruning then will leave ugly stumps.

When to plant spring bulbs

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 21:45

No. It's not unusual for bulbs such as daffodils and crocus to put up shoots now; they will stop growing when it gets colder, and start again in spring. It's nothing you've done wrong.


Posted: 19/10/2012 at 21:41

If you dig them up you will have to shake the soil off the bulbs, separate them and then probably re-plant them into as many pots as it takes. The pots will need to be kept frost-free over winter and then started into growth in spring under glass.


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.

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