Emma Crawforth

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cutting garden

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 13:30

Hello flora4,

If you want to cut flowers early in the summer and then enjoy more blooms later, you'd be better off growing perennials. They have the strength in their rootstock, gained over the years, to cope with being cut back a lot. You'll hear the phrase 'Chelsea chop', which involves cutting back flowers after their first flowering in May for a second display in late summer. As Kate1123 says, it's a good idea to read the seed packets for timing, but weather conditions will always make a difference.


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Posted: 24/05/2012 at 13:01

Hello Supernanauna,

Have a look at our information about Lantana camera. It's a great plant for bringing a tropical feel to the summer garden. Enjoy yours,


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Talkback: Viburnum beetle

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:54

Hello Berghill,

Here is a list of suppliers of Viburnum plicatum. Many of them are supplying cultivars rather than the straight species, but cultivars often work better in gardens due to their breeding.

Beverley Jones,

There is a photo of the larvae in our feature on viburnum beetle in our problem pages. At this time of year it's the larvae that are causing the problem.


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Magnolia Grandiflora

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:33

Hello Gary Burgess,

Your Magnolia grandiflora is very small considering how large they can grow. Although you don't know the precise age it's probably still too immature to flower. Have a look at our profile of the cultivar 'Exmouth' for gowing tips.


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Posted: 24/05/2012 at 11:57

Hello Chelsea fans,

As everyone wants to see colour, please look at our colour themed gallery from Chelsea 2012. I hope it gives you the colour kick you're looking for!


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Lavender from Seed

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 11:32

Hello joslow,

You should collect the seed from the seedheads when they're dry. Often the tiny black seeds just fall out in profusion. However, the slightly difficult bit is cold stratification. Cold stratification can be done by putting the seeds in the fridge for a few weeks before sowing them in a cold greenhouse in spring. Depending on the parentage of the seedlings, you could get some interesting new colours and forms as a result of growing them from collected seed.

Good luck,


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Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:27

Hello tommysmith,

It may not be to your taste, but Photinia x fraseri is known for fast growth. I've also found dogwoods such as Cornus sanguinea, to grow very quickly. They are supposed to prefer moist soil, but even in my dry, free-draining garden they put on plenty of growth.



gunnera manicate

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 16:11

Hello pash2,

Gunneras can take flooded conditions from time to time. Have a look at James' blog about them. As he says, they are susceptible to frost, so give it some protection in the winter.


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Frost damaged oleander?

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 15:35

Hello Rachael H,

Oleanders, to use the common name, are Mediterranean shrubs so they are a little tender. You'll see them lining the roads if you go on holiday to Spain. They require frost-free conditions, but otherwise are tolerant of a wide range of soils, and handle dry conditions well. That's why they are planted by the roads! It's always the case that plants grown in pots need more attention when it comes to watering, than those grown in the soil, but oleanders are drought-tolerant, so your plant will still do well if kept on the dry side. They don't require much feeding, which again makes them a good roadside option. If foliage is damaged by frosts, the plant can put energy into producing new foliage rather than flowering. If you have space inside it's definitely worth bringing it in for the winter, but until then it should recover slowly over the next few months.

Good luck,


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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 15:07

Hello pest controllers,

Adam's blog on lily beetles gives a few ideas for dealing with them. Constant vigilance seems to be the best option!


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