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From as far back as I can remember I've had a keen interest in plants and natural landscapes. Growing up in Devon gave me access to some of the most beautiful and innovative gardens and landscapes in the country. Dartmoor was just down the road from me, and The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan not much further! It seemed a natural step to attend nearby Bicton College, where I completed a Foundation Degree in Horticulture. I then completed my full honours degree in Horticulture at Writtle College in Essex.
I’m a passionate gardener in my spare time. I enjoy growing my own vegetables and I’m very keen to garden organically. I love the challenge of designing or re-designing the garden each year. I take inspiration from all gardens or nurseries I visit, often going away wishing I had more space! I find Prince Charles' garden at Highgrove particularly inspirational, along with RHS Garden Rosemoor in North Devon.
I joined Van Meuwen in spring 2010 to offer horticultural advice and support for the web team. I hold a fortnightly Q&A session on Van Meuwen's Facebook page where I offer help and advice to all gardeners, from beginner gardeners to the more experienced.
|Date||Your question 1||Your question 2||Your question 3|
|10.05.13||Why is it that my Cosmos seeds grow really leggy in the green house?||Carly can you suggest foliage-only plants for hanging baskets which are quick growing please?||I bought 3 tree lily bulbs and planted them out in the ground about 5 weeks ago. They haven't shown any sign of life yet. Are they unlikely to grow now or is there still hope?|
|26.04.13||When should I put my geraniums & sweet peas outside?||How do I plant water lily rhizomes?||When can I divide Chrysanthemum plants?|
|12.04.13||When can I take the fleece off my newly planted Magnolia? Also what compost do Magnolias need if grown in containers?||What is the best way to propagate lilies? I only have 1 lily now and I want it to increase in number.||I’d like to find out what kind of lining I should use to the lay at the bottom of my home made raised beds which will be laid on top of a concrete base, to keep the soil from washing away?|
|01.03.13||I have tried no end of times to grow Foxtail lilies, with no success. What's the secret to growing them?||How do you keep orchids healthy and alive for longer?||I have been given a branch of a Handkerchief tree which had been broken off; it has a "heel" and I would like this to root. Can you give me any advice please?|
|15.02.13||Is it too late to plant spring bulbs? I bought some in a sale that are beginning to sprout.||What's the best control for lily beetle please?||Hello, as the weather warms up how can I protect my plants from vine weevil?|
|01.02.13||What do you do with an Amaryllis after it has flowered and wilted?||Hi VM and Carly. I have lots of African Violets but I'm running out of room on the kitchen windowsill. Can I plant them outside or are they just a houseplant? If I can, what conditions do they need? Many thanks as always.|
|18.01.13||Hi, I purchased Heuchera evergreen from you last year. They have not died but neither have they grown. I was just wondering if I planted them in the wrong place or perhaps there is something else I should have done?||I have a Damson 'Merryweather' in the garden which I have pruned to keep in shape over the past three winters and last year the fruit was minimal. I know the weather affected all soft fruits last year but I'm wondering if I weakened it by pruning?||I've been searching for patio pots/containers which must be at the very minimum 3ft tall but I'm having great difficulty getting containers this height without paying a fortune, any ideas please?|