Daffodils not flowering

If the clumps of daffodils scattered in your established borders have healthy leaves but give very few flowers then most like cause is that they have become overcrowded. You just need to lift them, separate them gently – and replant…

Best Azalea Mulch – Bark

Azaleas and rhododendrons have shallow roots, and can suffer badly in dry weather: a good moisture-retentive mulch is therefore vital. Peat is an obvious choice for such acid-loving plants, but only so long as it’s wet. When it dries out,…

Garden Bees

Far too few gardeners seem to take seriously the welfare of bees in their gardens. This is unfortunate, for not only do honeybees produce honey for someone else, but bees of all types (together, of course, with many other types…

Cactus and Succulents growing tips

– Many cacti will flower only if kept cold in winter; allow the temperature to fall to 2-4°C (36-39°F), even to freezing, provided compost is dry – this does not apply to rat’s-tail cactus.  Christmas cactus, epiphyllum and prickly pears,…

Azalea Propagation

There are two main ways, as there are with most plants – by seed and by cuttings. Rais­ing azaleas from seed is a lengthy business and, unless you are interested in hybridising them, worthwhile only with the few true species.…