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Dead flowers


I live in S. Cal and it's hot most of the time. We just moved into a house and inherited a garden with lots of flowers. Since we are so new at this, we are not sure how to proceed with anything.
There are lots of flowers that I don't know the name to, (not roses though), that have bloomed and are now dead. Do I cut them off? If so, do I do it at the top of the twig or at the bottom? Do I pull them completely out?
Thanks for everyone's patience on this post....

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Without actually seeing the plants to know the correct method (ie are they annuals or perennials), the safest thing to do is to cut the entire flower stem out as close to the leaves as possible. That should stimulate new growth and fresh blooms.

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