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Hosta care

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 12:59

I have a couple of hosta beds, if you improve the soil a little so it holds a little more moisture you can plant small bulbs now. I have a lovely show of snowdrops and specie crocus in late winter early spring then the Hostas reshoot so two displays from one area.

Hosta care

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 16:19

I think they look a bit thirsty, Hostas like moist soil especially if the are in full sun. id break the surface of the soil around them and water them regularly. a layer of mulch will trap the moisture in once the ground if thoroughly dampened. I wouldn't split then yet let them bulk up a bit more. By they way congratulations on no slug damage. 

ID's if possible please =+)

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:15

It may be a decorative Salvia, I got some last year, the leaves did smell minty but they aren't spreaders and mine have spikes of blue flowers.

Help with identifying plant

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 19:17

I think it's oleander I don't know any cultivation tips but I know it's from sunny climes. Please note it is very poisonous, I'd check the details online.

Possible Sempervivum flower?

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 09:51

Hi Star gaze I think the plant in your photo is an echeveria, I have 4 different ones. Like sempervivums they can cope with drought but I find they grow much better if kept watered, they aren't frost tolerant either. Here in the NE I overwinter mine in a cold greenhouse. They are also propagated from off shoots. 

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 17:27

I have a similar problem I think I recognise powdery mildew this looks like tiny bird poo, more lumpy than powdery...doesn't it sound disgusting ukk . 


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 22:30

Were both over 60, opened a current account at the Coop specifically for the insurance. It costs about £11-£12 per month. we get full world insurance, phone insurance and lounge passes at airports. They have lists of conditions you don't need to notify them about and a phone number to AXA the actual provider if you have other conditions eg heart problems. At first we had to pay an additional small  premium as OH had a heart attack.but now we don't. Best of luck.

Tall dahlias in pots for slug protection?

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 17:51

every time you cut a lower stem back you'll loose flowers, if you have a reason to avoid leaves touching the soil just trim the leaf. Are you having slug trouble? They tend not to be a problem once the plants are growing well.

new member just joined

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 23:07

Hello from me too..I'm escaping from the football right now! I live in the NE mid way between Newcastle and Sunderland so football is almost a religion here but not for me. Can I ask which region you are from?

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 22:59

Back in the first few weeks of April I said I'd talk to mine to make it branch...well I've noticed it is producing an off shot or two, I'm very excited. It's still in my cold green house and doing OK but I think I'll probably put it out on a sunny patio. Thanks to you all for reassuring me re off shoots.

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Taking a cutting 
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