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Emma Crawforth

Latest posts by Emma Crawforth

Biggest Aspidistra ???

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 09:36

Hello Jean,

I love aspidistras and yours is a fine specimen. They are great house plants because they tolerate neglect so well, and I think the simple glossy leaves are quite classy! We grew a lot of them in a public garden I used to work in. We had to keep them under a bench in one of the glass houses to prevent too much sun from getting to them.

Emma team

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 14:54

Hello weejenny,

We've asked for some work to be done to make pages 2,3,4 etc. visible on the site. Sorry for the inconvenience to you before that is done.

Hello dambuster,

Our previous winners are here.

You can also find them by using the link on the Win page

Emma team

Are there any Dahlias with a perfume

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 14:28

Hello MuddyFork,

There is some breeding of scented dahlias going on. I've come across 'Hy Scent' and 'Honka'. It's definitely more common for them not to be fragranced. It would be interesting to hear from anyone who is growing a fragranced one.

Emma team


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 12:17

Hello amateur gardener,

Callicarpas are best pruned in spring. You don't want to cut off all the branches that will bear the beautiful berries. However, when you do it, you need to cut it back to the kind of framework you'd like to have in the future, so getting rid of some of the bushy growth. If it's in the way of other plants now, you could trim off a few offending branches. Otherwise I'd leave it till spring.

Emma team


What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 11:44

My rhubarb is loving the rain. It's enormous. Not very red, but tastes fine.

Emma team.


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 11:36

Hello Moonlit Hare,

borage is a beautiful, but very shortlived plant. So letting it seed around is definitely the best policy. Also, why not collect some seeds to sow in pots? That way you spread the risk of not getting plants next year! Do cut back the flowering stems when you've got all of the seed out of them.

God luck with your overgrown garden, it sounds like a great project!

Emma team

Unidentified growing object!

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 16:45

Hello le jardin anglais,

I agree with Allymc that it's phytolacca. It can be a bad weed, although it's pretty spectacular.

Emma team

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 16:37

Hello Swedboy,

You could try using some nematodes. They work really well, but they are expensive and they don't last forever. Now is the time to water them in though. They like warmth and wet soil. Hopefully you might get some foliage that way. You'll need it to photosynthesise and provide food for the tubers, even if you don't get any flowers this year.

Emma team



Slugs and snails

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 16:28

Hello Lorraine Sharp,

Have a look at our feature on slug-proof plants.

It should give you some ideas for a few that would be suitable for your garden.

Emma team


Talkback: 10 exotic house plants

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 16:21

Hello SFord,

Red spider mite can be a real problem in a hot conservatory. Have a look at our advice on how to deal with it. Do raise the humidity as you suggest. This should help, but I've know it to live quite well in humid places as well as dry ones. You can spray your plants with SB invigorator as recommended in adam's latest blog. That keeps them at bay. Also try giving the conservatory a top-to-toe clean out every winter.

As for plants, bougainvillea should suit your conservatory.

Good luck,

Emma team

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