Emma Crawforth

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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.


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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,


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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!


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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,


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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.


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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.


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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 gworld@bbc.com. 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.


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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,


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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:



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