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Mrs J Bradshaw

Question from Brian mc

In forum: Geum 'Mrs J. Bradshaw'

How far back do I cut the stems after flowering? Is it right back to the base?

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  • Posted: Wed. 22nd October 2008 17:57
  • Last reply: Thu. 23rd October 2008 09:59

Slug-resistant Hostas

Question from Georgie

In forum: Ornamental plants

I've seen an offer for slug-resistant Hostas and I must admit I'm fairly sceptical. The varieties are H. 'Big Daddy', H. 'Invincible' and H. tokudama. Does anyone have any experience of growing these varieties and if so, how have they faired?


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  • Posted: Wed. 15th October 2008 20:30
  • Last reply: Sat. 18th October 2008 11:18

New to hyacinth bulbs

Question from Marion Young

In forum: Container gardening

My daughter loves hyacinths in bowls at Christmas which she usually buys in flower at that time. I have just bought 3 pink and 3 blue, which I intend planting in bowls to give to her. I have never planted bulbs in bowls before. I know they should be kept in the dark for 8 weeks, but should I water the compost when planting them. Thanks for any advice

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  • Posted: Mon. 13th October 2008 09:36
  • Last reply: Thu. 16th October 2008 10:02

shasta Daisy

Question from Brian mc

In forum: Leucanthemum x superbum

I have cut this plant back to ground level and mulched over with some bark - should I have just given this a trim as opposed to a full skin head?

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  • Posted: Sun. 12th October 2008 22:34
  • Last reply: Mon. 13th October 2008 17:37

penstemon 'GARNET'

Tip from Brian mc

In forum: Penstemon 'Andenken an Friedrich Hahn'

I live in North Lanarkshire(scotland) - should I prune this penstemon back to ground level in spring even though we have relatively short flowering season? Or should I just give it a trim back to the new shoots? Also how does this plant respond to being moved transplanted to another spot with the same exposure, soil type and daylight?

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  • Posted: Sun. 12th October 2008 22:32
  • Last reply: Wed. 15th October 2008 18:07

pruning agapanthus in autumn

Question from Brian mc

In forum: Agapanthus 'Midnight Star'

I know the information attatched to the agapanthus plant (Lily of the nile) suggests that that there is no need to prune the stalks over winter as the seed heads look attractive, however my stalks have lost there seed pods. Can I stil trim these stalks back down to base level ??? 12//10/08

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  • Posted: Sun. 12th October 2008 22:19
  • Last reply: Mon. 13th October 2008 08:16

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'

Question from Catherine Winchester

In forum: Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'

I have a beautiful specimen which is growing well and has lovely colouration but no flowers. It was planted two years ago in a sheltered position against a trellis facing south-west. Is there anything I can do to encourage flowering or is a question of waiting?

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  • Posted: Fri. 3rd October 2008 18:21
  • Last reply: Wed. 24th July 2013 08:53

Blueberry fizz fuchsia

Comment from Abi Johnson

In forum: Fuchsia 'Blueberry Fizz'

Are there 2 blueberry fizz fuchsias as this one is not the same one that features on other sites?

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  • Posted: Thu. 2nd October 2008 08:59
  • Last reply: Fri. 3rd October 2008 10:12

Stopping cats into my garden

Comment from James Wickham

In forum: Cats

I hear that you can buy a plant that smells like a dog and keeps the cats out of your garden but dont know what its called can you please help and tell me if its true and what its called please

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  • Replies: 7
  • Posted: Fri. 26th September 2008 10:03
  • Last reply: Fri. 27th April 2012 14:30

Yew hedge under a walnut tree

Question from Charles Smyth-Osbourne

In forum: General

I planted a yew hedge this spring and while some of the plants look healthy an alarming number are turning brown and look as if they may die. The hedge is under a walnut tree and I have heard that walnut trees can cause problems. Could this be the source of the problem and does anyone have a solution.

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  • Replies: 1
  • Posted: Sat. 20th September 2008 20:36
  • Last reply: Tue. 23rd September 2008 13:35