Emma Crawforth

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Posted: 27/03/2012 at 17:49

Hello Camellia lovers,

It's pretty common with Camellias for them to fail to flower well as a result of a lack of water the previous summer. They start making buds then, and a lack of water can stop the buds forming properly. If you have poor soil, it won't retain water well, so you need to add lots of mulch, to keep the water in and to build up the organic content in your soil, which will in turn help the soil to retain water. It looks like it might be a hard summer for camellias this year.


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Rose swags

Posted: 27/03/2012 at 17:43

Hello echo2,

Some climbing and rambling roses that would fit your criteria are:

A Shropshire Lad, Lady Sylvia, Niphetos and Spirit of Freedom.

It sounds like a lovely idea, good luck,


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wild ferns

Posted: 27/03/2012 at 17:37

Hello Sandra,

If you have bracken in the garden, one of the best ways to get rid of it is to continually cut it down. If you cut down the leaves, it cannot photosynthesise so eventually dies. You can use glyphosate, but you will risk damaging other plants that are nearby with it.


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What do I need for my greenhouse?

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 16:42

Hello meema4788,

This may sound really boring, but one of the most important things to keep in a greenhouse is a dustpan and brush! Somehow you always end up getting compost on the benches, and bits of plants drop off from time to time. It's really important to keep your greenhouse clean and tidy to stop pests and diseases from taking hold. Have a look at our feature on preparing your greenhouse for spring.

I hope you're enjoying it and that it's now full of seedlings!


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Plant Labels

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 16:30

Hello Gardening Granny,

A simple pencil works really well on white labels. The best type to use is a soft one, i.e. a B pencil. But hard ones do work too. The writing doesn't get washed off and you can rub it out with an eraser when the crop has finished and reuse the label.


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Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 16:21

Hello Anne,

How exciting, you have what is called a keiki! These are baby orchids that grow on the stems of a mother plant. You can grow a new plant from this, but let it produce a root system and leaves before you cut it off the mother plant and pot it up.


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Bamboo Dying

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 16:15

Hello Kiredoryor,

I am sorry to say that is a strange part of the biology of bamboo that it tends to flower en masse (after decades of growth) and then die. In the wild, the flowers that were produced will become seeds that drop on the ground and sprout into seedlings. I have heard that bamboo does not always die after flowering, but unfortunately it usually does.

I do hope you have some life left as your garden does sound spectacular.


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When How In Out

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 15:59

Hello Percy-Grower,

The clematis types that you name are hardy. At this time of year you would often only see new green shoots coming from clematis because the woody stems have previously been cut back. They should be fine planted out now, but do watch out for attacks by slugs and snails, as they can nibble the young stems. It sound like you have a lovely collection.


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Talkback: How to make compost

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 14:48

Hello Flora3,

The best way to speed up the rate at which your waste composts, is to keep turning it over. To do this, you need either a bin you can turn, or a bin that's large enough for you to get into, with a fork, in order to turn it yourself (like one made from pallets). It's a good idea to have two bins, then you can transfer material from one to the other. Make sure the compost is not to wet and not too dry, either state will prevent it from rotting down well. Good luck, it's really worth keeping going as compost makes a great mulch / soil conditioner, and your plants will grow so much better for it.


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Fastest growing climbers

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 14:23

Hello ipec,

I love morning glory. You can start sowing it now under glass. It's cheap as you grow it from seeds. In the summer it will cover a few feet if you put some strings up for it to climb. Sow plenty of seeds then plant a few plants along the base of your fence, giving each one a string to climb. Do make sure you water your plants frequently, and they will give you a great display. Unfortunately they will die off in the winter, but by then you could have started to establish a perennial, like a clematis.

I hope your fence is looking great in a few months,


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