Posted: 04/05/2015 at 18:18
Here's a couple of photos of the process in action....
i use a bent paper clip to make a hole in the stem first (my pipecleaners are not strong enough to push in on their own)- i made it bright pink so that i could leave it in the stem whilst I go and load my pipecleaner - its then easy to see where you need to head next
Here are a couple with pipecleaners inserted
I got my pipecleaners from a kids craft shop ....hence the kaleidescope of colours.
and here is how the area in my before pic looks today - azaleas half flowering, but with lots of buds left to come