Apart from the red Flanders type, what other annual field poppies are there?
Bob Green, by email The wild Papaverrhoeas comes in a rich choice of selected strains. True Shirley poppies have picotee or plain flowers in pink, red or lemon tints with yellow pollen.
The Cedric Morris strain ranges from dusky red to cinder-lilac, pink or white. And from Thompson & Morgan, there’s a double-flowered Morris strain called Angels Choir’.
How hard can you prune back roses? I’m sure my husband’s cut them back too much.
Joan Day, by email Worry not, Joan, he’ll have done no harm and probably some good. You can prune any time between November and March and, if they’re repeat-flowering varieties such as floribundas or hybrid teas, a harsh cut-back will result in vigorous re-growth.
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