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Emma Crawforth

Latest posts by Emma Crawforth

Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 14:23

I would like to recommend the Leyland Cypress as a tree, if you have an enormous garden. At Bedgebury Pinetum, which everyone who has any time for conifers should visit, they have a whole avenue of them. It is magnificent.

Emma. team

Talkback: How to divide water lilies

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 14:18

Hello Pearse,

You can divide your waterlilies in spring. So not long to go now.

Emma team


Posted: 15/02/2012 at 13:57

Hello Denise,

Before you give up trying, have a look at some of our lawn projects:

How to maintain your lawn

How to renovate your lawn and

How to improve your lawn

My lawn looks terrible at the moment because I didn't spend enough time raking off dead leaves this year. There are lots of dead patches where the leaves shaded out the grass. If you have a lot of trees over-shadowing your lawn, you're likely to find it difficult to grow anything other than a shade-tolerant seed mix. Otherwise it's likely to be the soil that's causing trouble so keep up with the aerating and adding top-dressings. It's amazing how you can improve the soil a lawn is growing on with the grass still in place.

Emma team

Hellebore - Something Lovely in The Middle of Winter

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 13:43

Hello hellebore fans,

you're just at the right time to have a go at breeding some new hellebores, so why not have a look at our project and have a go!

Emma team

Talkback: How to create a lavender garden

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 12:31

Hello peter65,

Prune lavender in summer after flowering. Cut off the old flowers and a small amount of new growth i.e. about 3cm. Do not cut into old growth as it will not regrow. You can also trim a little off the new growth in spring. It is well-worth trimming annually as you'll keep the bush nice and compact that way, ultimately giving it a longer life.

Emma team

Rose Bed

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 12:24

Hello Rosiehelenmac,

Try the following roses:

The Alnwick - soft pink, strongly scented, 120cm high

Gentle Hermione - pure pink, scented, 120cm high

Strawberry Hill - rose pink, strongly scented, 120cm high

Scepter'd Isle - soft pink, strongly scented, 120cm high.

I think lavender looks wonderful with roses. The soil requirements are slightly different - you'd want to mulch your roses, keeping them well-fed and moist, but your lavender should be grown in free-draining poorer soil and definitely not waterlogged. However it's possible to have them both in the same bed but treated rather differently.

Enjoy it and let us know how you get on,

Emma team


Posted: 14/02/2012 at 17:01

Hello Sheddy,

Rhubarb prefers a sunny, open site and soil that is slightly on the acidic side. As jeffd says it really loves to be fed. You can add fertiliser around the crowns in spring. Don't let it flower. Keep it well-watered from spring onwards, remove dead leaves and weed the area regularly. Don't pick it too often as that will weaken the plant. It is too early to despair. When rhubarb is getting too old it will produce lots of thin stalks. Next winter you should divide your plants. But don't worry about that yet!

Emma team.

thin border plants... 3-5ft?

Posted: 14/02/2012 at 16:44

Hello Vicvic92,

This may not be everybody's favourite, but Mahonia x media or Mahonia japonica can grow tall and thin with slim stalks (beneath which you could plant something else) topped off with foliage and, in winter, fragrant flowers. I was thinking about bamboo, but planting even the 'non-invasive' types with a submerged barrier next to your fence could make you unpopular with your neighbours. There are also some lovely tall, slim cultivars of evergreen shrubs, like Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' that could do the trick, but they are pricey to plant en masse. Let us know how you get on,

Emma team

Talkback: How to grow garlic

Posted: 14/02/2012 at 16:25

Hello Mutts,

In mild areas it should be fine to plant garlic in December. I don't know where you are growing it. Have a look at our project on the subject. We have had such strange weather recently that some crops may not grow as we would have hoped. My broad beans, sowed before Christmas  as an anti-blackfly measure, have flopped in the cold weather. But I'm not giving up because at this time of year it's what's below ground that really matters.

Emma. team


Posted: 14/02/2012 at 16:17

Can I just add, that ivy is extremely easy to propagate from cuttings. All you need to do is find a bit, preferrably with good roots that are going into soil, but it could be a bit with aerial roots that are going into a wall, pin it down onto a tray with compost, water, and wait. Soon you'll have several new plantlets.

Emma team

Discussions started by Emma Crawforth

Big Garden Birdwatch

Big Garden Birdwatch 
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Do you want to help hedgehogs? 
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Winter pruning

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children and gardening

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lawn edging shears

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sweet peas

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