I am allergic to bees but have a massive Cuphea plant in my garden, which I love. Is there anything I can spray on it to keep the bees away without damaging the plant?
No, you cannot simply spray something to deter the bees. Keep in mind that these creatures are actually a welcome addition--they're very important pollinators. They are simply doing what bees do, pollinating plants---of which those beautiful blooms you like would not be without them. If you're concerned with bee stings, I would recommend moving the plant to another location, one that is not a high traffic area, where it can still be enjoyed but at a safe distance.
I have 3 bat face cupheas and they are growing and flowering beautifully. However, they are getting very long and stringy looking. I hate to trim them back because all the flowers are on the ends, but I would like them to get fuller and bushier. What is the best way to do this? Thanks.
This normally happens because the plant is not getting enough light. I would recommend seeing if you can get more light to it, perhaps by thinning any nearby trees that may be shading it.
This plant also benefits from severe pruning each year. You may try giving it a good pruning (1/2 of the plant or even more) in very early spring. This will also help prevent legginess.
I bought many bedding plants at the beginning of the year but did not keep any of the details of what I bought. Most I have been able to identify but two I am unable to. Might somebody recognise the plants from the images please. many thanks Bushy
The first is Cuphea llavea. The second appears to be Begonia sutherlandii or similar type of tuberous Begonia.
Thank you for the information BusDoctor