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and then simply slide the plants into their growing positions as soon as space becomes available.Pick dead flower-heads off rhododendrons and azaleasFeed lawns with a liquid or granular lawn fertiliserScoop floating weed out of garden ponds with a net
ways. The oldest variety I grow, and the earliest to flower, is 'St Ewe', which I planted directly into my border soil. Now I wouldn't claim my clay soil is ideal for camellias, which enjoy a lime-free and water-retentive soil, but this one has
Remove blanket weed from pondsAround the gardenLift, divide and replant congested flag irises after floweringDeadhead border perennialsPick dead flowers off rhododendronsFlowersSow cabbages to pick as spring greensThin heavy crops of apples, pears
projects and advicePlanting a camellia in a pot.Dealing with rhododendron leaf spot.Follow Carol Klein's video advice on growing camellias.Creating acid soil conditions for growing blueberries and cranberries.
.More advice for growing acid-loving plantsGrowing acid-loving azalea with campanula.Maintaining acid soil conditions for blueberries and cranberries.Sowing bluebell seeds.Dealing with rhododendron leaf spot.
I'm always looking for plants that make an impact - things that will grab the attention and put on a good show. Seasonal bedding and bulbs are always popular, but many shrubs also grow well in patio pots.Over the years I've tried all sorts, from
H, look at what grows well in nearby gardens. If camellias and rhododendrons thrive, the soil is acidic, while flowering cherries, yew and clematis prefer alkaline soils, such as those on chalk.Testing your soil is quick and easy - simple pH testing kits
flowers for sustenance, and flowers need bees for pollination. But it's important the flowers you grow provide the food bees need.Most double flowers are of little use, because they're too elaborate. Some are bred without male and female parts, while
plenty of moisture and can get waterlogged, but it's ideal for growing acid lovers such as rhododendrons and azaleas. Peaty soil is dark in colour and feels spongy if squeezed. It's rarely found in gardens.Peaty soilSandy soil is free draining, easy