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Posted: 17/08/2013 at 12:50

I would buy some more during the winter when the  trees are dormant. Or if you know someone with a large contorted willow tree  or contorted hazel, You may be able to prune it for them, during the winter, that way, the branches will stay brown.If you were closer, you could have mine, I will be severely pruning a contorted hazel this winter. I usually end up burning it as no one wants it.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 12:44

Assuming they are perennial phlox paniculata, and not the annual bedding  phlox, deadhead them. They may give a second flush, but only in very good conditions. Usually they will go yellow and the leaves fall off and they become dormant for the winter. I tend to leave the stalks on until spring, when they start growing, and then cut the old stalks down to the ground. That way I don't forget where they are and put the fork through them.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 16:35

see this site for more info.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 16:30

RHS recomend application of nitrogen, such as ammonium sulphate, but not this late in the season, as it induces soft growth susceptible to snow mould.

I would wait until next spring and then weed and feed.



Posted: 16/08/2013 at 16:20

same as screwed up bits of newspaper.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 13:49

Look for Syringa vulgaris. The common lilac is a pale purple colour, but there are also a number of cultivars like double white "madame lemoine"

 Try a tree nursery like bluebell nurseries, or burncoose nursery.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 13:18

If you grow white flowered variety of runner beans, they are pollinated by moths. I have both red and white, so if one lot doesn't work, the others should.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 13:16

Are they in pots or in the ground?

There is still time. dahlias flower until the first frost.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 13:11

why on earth would you want to do that?

and by the way. Its spelt MOULD in this country.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 22:07

If you want to get rid of pollen beetles on sweet pea flowers, cut the flowers and put in a bucket of cold water. Put in a dark garage or shed with the door or a window open. The pollen beetles will leave the sweet peas and go towards the light. Result sweet peas with no pollen beetles to bring into the house.

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