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Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:56

Mine are all in glazed stoneware pots, with very sharp grit on the top. One of the show exhibitors was interviewed a couple of years ago.  A nice lady who had a hosta nursery - she swore by a boiled concotion of a couple of garlic bulbs, then diluted and sprayed on - she didn't have a slug problem.  But this does need to be reapplied after rain.

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 20:56

Mine spend their time in pots in a cool part of the garden summer and winter.  My sum and substance - nothing showing as yet!  I did loose my old Big Daddy a couple of years ago but it was in one of our vile winters P

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 18:27

Lose any? they are just spiritied away in the night by the plant fairy in the midst of a cold and damp winter.  Hopefully they've missed ours out of their collection and left them with us.  Bookertoo - 65-70 that's nearly a national collection isn't it - any favourites?

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 22:56

Hi Dizzy Lizzy,

I'm in north glos and I've got one Solomans seal showing 1" growth and on 2 or 3 tiny green shoots of one of 6 hostas.  My colleagues say they haven't seen theirs yet either - My fingers are still crossed that they are still dormant and not dead we wait and see me thinks


Talkback: How to increase tomato yields

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 10:44
Did this work out with an increased yield?


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 22:40

I think the second picture is a very poorly skimmia - throw it away, they are not expensive and by the state of it, the condition it planted in doesn't suit, plant something else instead, as those before me have mentioned.  The 3rd pic looks like  a juniper horizontalis, which I think has just lost its RHS AGM as its a huge thug.  Sorry not to be more positive, but your layout looks lovely and these are possibly not the best to show off your garden.

Talkback: Growing autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 17:44
Does anyone know of a supplier who will sell bare rooted/potted raspberries in a mixed lot of varieties? Most I've come across have a batch of 6 to 10 of a single variety and I've not got the space for that. I'm looking for 6 to 8 canes of a broad season and including a gold one. thanks for help


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 17:11

yes me too, I'm not that talented to review all of these plants sooooo quickly P

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 16:48

Alan Titchmarsh used to record his programmes on wed to fri before tranmission so that it was current.  But yes its tricky, but not impossible.  If MD is doing his programme weekly then why not record it or a orotion of it immediately before transmission.

With reference to THE greenhouse.  I would hazard a guess that under the Freedom of Information Acts - if someone cares to ask the BBC the cost and who actually paid for this it would be forthcoming .............eventually.  Its still got to be reasonably cheap TV to make as there is only a small 'cast' at Longmeadow and is spliced together with other bits recorded as and when.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 16:27

As my friend said that was more of a cottage than a greenhouse - I'd love one.  But just when is this recorded? Given the Siberian temperatures that most of the country is experiencing.  MD's glorious sunshine in Herefordashire was when? 'Things to do this weekend' are not largely outside for huge swathes of the country this weekende. I would appreciate this portion of the programme to actually relect what most of the countries gardeners are actually able to do.  Previous programmes did actually have the forecast of the weekends weather and jobs were based around that.

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