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Hollyhocks

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 18:20

I think Carol Klein told us that hollyhocks are in the mallow family and slugs don't like them. Am I remembering correctly. It was on a recent GW programme. I've grown some from seed this year and they are all un-munched.

Deutzia

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 17:47

I had the same trouble and someone suggested that I trim them to half their length.  I thought they were like runners at first till I saw they came from the branches. I had four long stems that made the plant look as if it was an upturned table with long legs! I cut mine several weeks ago and it now has little leaf buds coming by the last pair of leaves from the cut.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:24

I used Westlands and lots of stuff has not done well in it. But that could be down to the weather conditions. One thing I have noticed is that it does not hold the water well. I can water my pots and it just seems to run through. I shall try mixing MPC with soil next year and see if that makes a difference. The seed compost from them was rubbish as well, with a very poor germination rate even in the greenhouse. We just can't win!

Hibiscus buds not developing

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 18:12

Thankyou all for your input. Loved the singing, but might just wait to see the one flower before I dig it up!

Hibiscus buds not developing

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 12:04

I've got a hardy one that has not bloomed for 4 years or more. Anyone who remembers me from the old BBC site may recall how I gave it a good talking to last year and said 'If you don't bloom next year you're out!' Now what do I do? I seem to have one tiny bud on it but that's all. Surely it should have bloomed before now.  Don't know the best way to treat it. I've tried feeding it, starving it, and swearing at it! Anyone got any ideas, please?

slugs and flour

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 19:26

I'm glad the flour worked for you. I'm happy with the numbers I'm getting in my pots as well, but I've put some boards down in spare places after seeing your number count. I've noticed a few small brown frogs in the borders this last week and I think that's helping keep the numbers down. Also when the dog goes out for his bedtime wee, I go out with the torch collecting snails and slugs from the lawn and patios. Amazed how many I find. Another full bucket for the dustman tomorrow!

perennial plug plants

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 11:08

Don't forget that if they are young tender plants the slugs and snails will not be able to resist them. So the stronger and tougher the plant is the better chance of surviving those little blighters!

Single hollyhocks

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 11:00

I've got lots of the single ones, in shades of deep pink, red and every shade through to deep burgundy. If you want any seeds I can save some for you. I've grown some pale pink ones from seed from a friend this year, so hope to see what colour they turn out.

I was thinking of getting some pom-pom ones but if the bees prefer the single ones I'll stick to those.

Can anybody tell us what these flowers are

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 10:45

I like plants which can soften hard lines, like steps , path edges etc. and erigeron is ideal for that.

Plant Labels

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 15:17

I only use the white labels in the GH. I keep a detailed plant diary, and alphabetical plant list once they are out in the garden. I make a note of the exact spot ie. behind lavender, and between escallonia and euphorbia right hand border. That way there's no doubt and I can go back to the diary at any time and go straight to the plant. I always take off the labels from the nursery and store in a file , as they usually fade and you can't read them after a while.

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