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Q&A - Question & Answer about gardening

Q – Carla Sears My garden so full of summer colour it’s better now than in the summer can’t put winter bedding or bulbs in yet Is it ok to put it in late.

A – Hi Carla – how lovely! I know what you mean – my salvias and dahlias are still looking great. Bear in mind though that the first frosts are not far away, and will reduce all your summer bedding to blackened mush! So it’s best to get your winter bedding and bulbs in as soon as possible to give them the best possible start in life. You’ll be glad of it in spring.

Having said that, you can plant tulips as late as December, and they come to no harm. Try teaming them with evergreen ornamental grasses and spring bedding plants like forget-me-nots for a beautiful spring display.

Q – Carla Lee Shaw Good morning, my desperate question is; I have been ruthless cutting things right back as all overgrown. . Unfortunately my husband took over with the electric sheers whilst I answered the phone. He cut my 10 foot Camelia right back to 6 foot and it’s almost all bare sticks now will it be okay in spring? Picture to follow if it helps ?

A – Hi Carla – good news – you can cut camellias back really hard and they will still re-grow. Just beware that late spring frosts could scorch the young shoots, so if cold nights are forecast in May, be prepared to throw a bit of horticultural fleece (or bubblewrap) over the plant overnight. The plant is unlikely to flower next spring but should be fine the year after. 

Q – Petrina Frost Is autumn the right time to divide agapanthus which have outgrown their pot?

A – Hi Petrina – best to wait until the spring, as if you do it now there is a risk that the plants will rot. Make sure you put your divisions into quite a small pot – agapanthus prefer to be a little bit root-bound. 

Q – Edwin Tonge I have 2 trumpet trees and the leaves are keep getting eaten by something can u help please.

A – Hi Edwin, if the holes in the leaves are just around the edge, it’s probably vine weevil. Try a repellent such as – when you’re re-potting check the soil for the weevils’ distinctive white C-shaped maggots.


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