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Emma Crawforth

Latest posts by Emma Crawforth

Valentine's Day

Posted: 14/02/2012 at 14:15

I think Chimonanthus (wintersweet) flowers are one of the most romantic gifts. In the middle of winter when there is so little flowering outside, to receive a few stems, with scent that fills the room, is really something.

New site - is it easy to use?

Posted: 13/02/2012 at 10:50

Hello Jude,

Please accept my apologies for the problem you're experiencing. Please could you email us on If you could let us know which browser you are using, it will help us to investigate how to resolve the problem you are experiencing. In the meantime, if you email your answers and your address, we will happily enter them into the competitions for you. I'll also ask the tech team to look into the issue with the email updates.

Emma team.

Plant named holly

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 15:58

Hello James,

Ali is right, sea holly is lovely, and easy to buy from an online nursery. Have a look at some varieties here from our plants section, and you can also compare it with good old traditional holly, or Ilex crenata, japanese holly.

I hope you find something you like,

Emma. team

creating a flower border

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 15:50

Hello Rubber again,

I can see from the photo that you are getting some sunshine. This made me think about some of the lovely easy-care herbaceous perennials, like Rudbeckia and Echinacea. They'll flower like mad in a sunny spot. Other lovely choices for some colour in a sunny spot can be seen in our late-summer feature:

Emma team


Posted: 10/02/2012 at 15:29

Hello orchid fans,

I managed to pop into the Tropical Extravaganza 2012 at Kew and it was spectacular. This year they've used a lot of epiphytic vandas, which look very strange hanging around with their long roots and almost two-dimensional upper parts. There are still lots of moth orchids though, for all those who love them, as well as some bizarre-looking anthuriums, which have actually been dyed blue. I think they look great, but I bet there will be plenty of purists who disapprove!

Emma team

New site - bugs

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 13:40

Hello buster55,

We sent you an email on 24th January concerning competitions. Please could you check your spam folder to find it. If it has been deleted please email us and we will resend it.

Emma team.

overgrown fuschia

Posted: 09/02/2012 at 11:42

Hello Standen1,

For a step-by-step guide to taking cuttings have a look at this project (below) on the site. It's about geranium cuttings but you can do the same with fuchsia. Don't worry too much about timing, as philipgardner says, you can start when the new growth is big enough. Also, you needn't buy hormone rooting powder as they'll probably root without it.

Good luck,

Emma team

3 year old leaf mould containing cameraria ohridella

Posted: 02/02/2012 at 17:33

Dear Carole,

As you say the horse chestnut leaf miner is a moth. The caterpillars make the mines in the leaves, then pupate in there. This lifecycle takes around a year to complete. If the leaves are isolated, say in compost bags, any moths that hatch from the pupae will be kept within the bags until they die, so taking the leaves out of the bags in August is safe. If your leaf mould has not been added to for over a year, it should already be free from moths.

However, this problem is so persistent now that you shouldn't be surprised if it returns. Most trees in the South East of England seem to be infested now. I understand that good controls are being developed but these may not be available to home gardeners even when they come onto the market.

In summary, cover your leaf mould until August - if you've been adding to it in the past 10 months. Otherwise it should already be free of moths at this time of year and fine to use in your garden.

Emma team


Posted: 02/02/2012 at 16:24

Hello David,

It is good to have somebody on the forum who comes from Reno. The strange thing is, that because we've had such a mild winter here in the UK, our crocuses are coming up too. I've seen plenty in bud in London, but none opened yet. We're just experiencing a cold snap so I expect that will have checked their progress!

Emma team

Which compost?

Posted: 02/02/2012 at 16:13

Hello Northchiel,

Multi-purpose compost would be fine for your calathea. Make sure it's well-watered and not left in full sun and it should thrive. They do have lovely leaves don't they?

Emma. team

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