Emma Crawforth

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Inspiration needed! Sunken patio/lawn edging

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 14:54

Hello Smithers,

I like your idea for the window box thing. It needs to be pretty high as if it's low you'll be adding an extra hazard to the garden! It will be a raised bed, so you can put whatever compost type you like into it. That gives you an opportunity to grow acid-loving plants even if the rest of your garden is alkaline and vice versa.

It looks as though that part of the garden is slightly shady, so I'm thinking some of the plants for shade in our feature will do well. Aquilegia, foxglove, bleeding heart and brunnera would be very pretty.

Good luck,


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winter protection

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 12:02

Hello Saj,

Fleece protects tender plants in winter well. Pippa's written a blog about it and you can also read our project on protecting plants in winter using fleece. Olives are usually ok in London, but you never know what the weather's going to do these days!


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How & when erisimum & scabious cuttings?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 11:46

Hello lokelani,

I've grown Scabious 'Butterfly Blue' from bought seeds. This works well. As it's a perennial it may not flower in the first year, but should do if you sow it early enough. Do also try collecting seeds. However, if you grow from seeds you've collected in your garden, you may get some surprising colours as they may not 'grow true'.

Good luck,


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Courgette Help

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 11:30

Hello courgette growers,

As long as I have enough of a crop, I always eat my baby courgettes. They are delicious, and many people think of them as a delicacy. The flowers are edible too, but they should only be eaten when you're happy that you've enough courgette fruits.


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Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 11:20

Hello Rainjustlearning,

Your chairs look great and thanks for telling us about the paint mix you used. Definitely one that is worth trying at home!


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colour in a shady garden??

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 17:28

Hello one girl and her dog(s),

I have a lot of shade in my garden, mostly because I can't stop planting small trees and shrubs, which cast shade over everything on the ground. Because this can look a bit dark, I tend to go for light coloured flowers and foliage to lift it. This may not exactly be bright, but white flowers look great next to dark areas. At the moment real favourites are Brunnera 'Betty Bowring' and Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst White'. They're tough plants, and dogs and slugs are not usually interested in them. Try these plants for shade as well.


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Whats eating my Comos?

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 17:01

I agree with stongeoff that it could be earwigs, Have a look at our information on controlling earwigs. Yet more pests that are making this summer a difficult time for gardeners!


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Pruning Dogwood

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:05

Hello fionaf,

It does depend on the type of dogwood you have, but most are best pruned when they're dormant, i.e. in the winter. As Kate1123 says, if you have the kind with lovely coloured stems, you're aiming to make the plant produce lots more of them ready for next winter when they're leafless.


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Peppers & Margarites - the same malady?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 16:58

Hello Robot,

Some viruses can do this. They can easily be spread by aphids, feeding on the plants, so you really don't have much control over whether your plant is infected or not. It's very annoying, especially when something you really value has been attacked.


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sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 17:07

Hello Joan 3,

A Sambucus 'Black Lace' would usually like a bigger root run than you can give it in a 45cm diameter pot, even if you plan to cut it down to get good foliage each year. Why not try using your pot for an alternative black foliage plant, for example you could put in three plants of Actaea 'Black Negligee', which would look splendid.


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