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hedges and shrubs unseen, and when they touch the ground they cleverly root to produce new plants, staking their claim to new found territory. These need to be dug out by hand, but it's one devil of a battle actually reaching them. And when you do
'll do yourself some damage, and that's what we're trying to avoid.Large-flowered dahlias and chrysanthemums often need something even stronger. I normally hammer thick wooden stakes into the ground around clumps, then join them with twine to hold growth
standard, in a large terracotta pot. I trained the main by tying it to a strong wooden stake, bending shoots round and weaving them together to create a domed head - rather like an umbrella on top of the main stem.Pruning has simply involved shortening
want to enjoy sumptuous flowers and not unsightly stakes this summer.
.The competition was fierce as a lot was at stake – their pride. As well as the usual produce from potatoes, carrots, parsnips and peas to the essential Brussels sprouts, I’m sure I remember Geoff mentioning walnuts and other fruits. I wouldn’t have put it past