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Where can I buy moss in Hampshire

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:32

The moss you can occasionally buy is rarely the type of smooth moss you want for your Japanese garden - it's usually sphagnum type which is taller and straggly - lovely, but not the smooth green that I imagine you want.  I'm surprised there is none in your garden already, there is in mine!   Try woodlands and hedges where there are stones and logs, it may be growing there.  It is not illegal to take things like seeds from the verges, but you may not dig anything up there.  I cannot imagine moss would be considered a problem.  Failing all that, there are Japanese garden centres around, maybe one of those could help you?  Have you tried on line, maybe search engine Japanese garden supplies? 

Anyone ever grown dwarf delphiniums and hollyhocks

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:26

Have done dwarf delphiniums, they are lovely - too windy here to grow the tall ones - haven't yet tried the hollyhocks, maybe next year - we will see. 

poorly witch hazel

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:25

Yes, indeed, a dose of ericaceous compost and some iron will pick it up no end.  Very good flowers on mine this year,  it lives in ordinary soil with the aforementioned help now and again. 


Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:24

Mind rather slow yet, but they will come - and I also do nothing about thinning shoots etc., still have some extremely hot ones, dried, from a couple of years ago - last year was dreadful for us all. Pretty plants on the whole, also do well indoors on windowsils for folk with no garden space. 

Poppies in a tin hat

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:22

What you may not do at the roadside re plants is dig them up - but seeds are OK - just please don't get run over in your excitement!

Talkback: Hostas, slugs and snails

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:14

If you use pellets thickly they actually encourage more slugs -  more come for the  free goodies, but none get enough to actually kill them, so you end up in a worse state than before.  As welshonion says, use sparingly, and use the iron based ones, called growing success, they are as good as the others at killling slugs, but harm no other wild life.  Better yet, put a collar of copper arpund you lovely Fire and Ice hosta, they hate that.  I have that hosta, it does not get enormous but does thicken up - it is lovely now. 

ID on climber- is this black bindweed?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 16:02

This why we don't buy the compost from the council as most gardeners will only put in there the material that they cannot compost at home - including perennial weeds like bindweed, dock etc.  They do not get it hot enough to kill the plants, and this is - for you sadly - the results of that.  Avoid it, and buy a well sterilsed compost, or make it yourself if you can and have the space.  

horticulture grit

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:58

Also, if you want larger amounts than the bags your local store sells, then go to a builders merchants - where you can get a tonne of the stuff for a much lower price - yes, they will deliver it!   There are on line sites too that sell things like this in large amounts, chopped bark, top soil etc., far cheaper for big lots than multiple bags bought locally. 

Ericacious lilies?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:55

I've grown lilies for many years, in both pots and in the open ground.  They get the normal annual feeding with pelleted organic chicken manure that everyone else in the garden gets - and these days a good looking at for the dreaded lily beetle - and that's about it.  Some of mine are over 20 years old, and I have never, ever heard that they are happier in ericaceous soil. It woud seem odd that after all this time not a whisper of this has come across to me. It is possible that there are certain types of lily that like these conditions better - i'd be inclined to look this up carefully before you go changing anything for your lilies, in the assumption that they are currently growing well. 

Clematis not flowering

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:51

Clematis often take a good long time to get mature enough for flowering.  If you know the type and/or name of the clematis that might give an idea as to which time of year it might flower when it does get big enough.   There are clematis flowering here from early spring to well into the autumn, following one another according to their types. They are hungry plants and are one of the few things for which I buy specialist feed.  This is available at most garden suppliers.   They need their feet in shade, and their heads in the sunshine (when we have some).  Give it time to grow a nice strong set of roots, then a good framework of leaves, and then it will start flowering in due course will hopefully do so for many years to come. 

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watch out, watch out ……..

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Odd corrections?

Use of the English language! 
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Where and how? 
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frosted lilies

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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

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