Emma Crawforth

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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!


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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.


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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,


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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.


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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!


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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?


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Buxus Plants

Posted: 02/02/2012 at 16:04

Hello Mrs TJ,

Buxus will grow in north-east facing situations. It makes a good hedge because it's so adaptable and is an excellent choice for pots framing a front door. It does not take being buffeted by strong winds as it can become scorched, but hopefully your front door is in a reasonably sheltered position. Have a look at Monty's video on planting box at:


There is a lot of advice there about box in general which will be relevant even if you're growing it in pots.

Do send us a photo when they're in place!


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Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted: 30/01/2012 at 13:03

Hello bird counters,

My Big Garden Birdwatch was not very impressive:

Two robins - not fighting, therefore I think they are male and female

One blackbird - often I see a part albino blackbird but he was absent, and an all black one was there instead.

One pigeon - I won't encourage him - don't want my cabbages eaten

One wren - chased away by one of the robins, which confirms my theory as the robin clearly was feeling fiesty!

Thanks to all those who have told us about the birds they saw, and look out for Richard's forthcoming blog about this on Wednesday.


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Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 17:09

This weekend, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January 2012, the RSPB is hosting its annual Big Garden Birdwatch.


Please do tell us if you're taking part and give us some info about the birds you've seen. And have a look at Kate's new blog about helping garden birds to stay healthy.


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Gardener's World - Monty's Sweet Pea Experiment

Posted: 26/01/2012 at 16:17

Hello Tootles,

There is a long running debate on when to sow sweet peas. In fact on our very own site we suggest sowing them both before Christmas - see Sarah Raven's video:


and after Christmas (Jan to May) - see the following project:


Personally I favour after Christmas. I've had good results from spring sowings. It saves you the hassle of looking after them over winter. Giving them nice fertile soil (dig in lots of organic matter) and watering a lot both help enormously.

Also, the earlier you sow, the earlier they'll flower and ultimately die. Ideally you'd probably sow some early and some late, to have sweet peas for as long as possible.

I hope you get lots of bunches of blooms from yours,


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