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Cats

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 21:35

Try growing a curry plant - usually found in herb section at the garden centre.    I put one in my front garden to keep the local cats away, and it worked for me.     Of course, you do get a whiff of curry yourself, but I don't mind that.

japanese knotweed

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 22:13

I have suffered this problem in the past - there is only one remedy : move house!

Help little flies everywhere

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 17:29

I agree - yellow sticky traps are a great way of catching them.

compost

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 22:21

I use my compost as a mulch, and I can't see any reason why you should not use yours for this purpose.   

Montbretia eradication

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 22:20

I have been fighting a similar battle in my back garden, and in my front garden the battle is with grape hyacinths.     I don't believe there is a quick cure for either plant.   Good luck!

budliha pruning

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 22:07

Yes, cut down now.    My method of pruning is to reduce height by half in the autumn after flowering, and then reduce by half again in the spring, ie. March.

Daffodils

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 15:00

I went round the Olympic Park in London last week, and there were banks of daffodils out in full bloom.    And in other London parks too.    In my West Midlands garden they are only showing some leaf.

Plant ID

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 22:34

I have grown these cleomes too.   The seeds took some finding, though, as not every garden centre seemed to stock them.    They are lovely and grow quite easily.

Hydrangea

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 22:31

I usually wait until February to prune mine - sometimes March if the winter has been a bad one.

Kalanchoe with scale

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:11

I have the same insect lumps on my plants.    I could never get mine to flower again, and eventually I asked a specialist at a flower show how to do it.    She asked me if I was feeding them, and I said I was giving them baby bio.   She told me this was what I was doing wrong.    I was encouraging them to make a lot of nice green foliage, but no flowers.    For the last few years I have given them nothing but water, and they seem almost never to stop flowering!    So, if you are feeding your plants : just stop!

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