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Type of hosta?

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 08:59

Is that snow on the grass outside?!



Posted: 06/04/2016 at 08:43
Angela 17 wrote (see)

Hi all,

bought a white  anemone and it says plant at soil level, its  2 pieces of stringy root. do I just put it lying on top of soil and cover lightly  or will I put it in a pot until it grows. That soil level thing has me confused, usually just dig a hole,  put things in and they grow


Two pieces of root - are they joined together?  If so the join is the top of the plant. 

I'd put them in a two litre pot of John Innes No 2 loam based compost with some added leafmould and a bit of horticultural grit.  Plant with the top just at the surface of the soil and put some grit on top.

Place in a semi-shaded corner of the garden and stand well back

You'll soon get a decent sized plant ready to plant out into the garden.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 07:59

Glad you had a positive day yesterday SW. 

Re the garden design package - it's a question that crops up on here from time to time - I'm not sure that we've found anything that has improved on paper and pencil - but I may well be wrong ... I'm sure the others will let you know if they've found something


Posted: 06/04/2016 at 07:51

I'd have thought nemerosa would not be on sale in that form at this time of year - it should be well into growth if not flowering.

Sounds more like Japanese anemones to me - Anemone x hybrida.   Mine are just getting into growth at the moment.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 07:36

Oooh, that looks good SW - but it's not going to help my cholesterol levels is it?    I shall have to have porridge ...... again

How did the adventure in the jungle go yesterday?

Help indentify a fragrant shrub/bush SOUTH OF FRANCE

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 07:32

Hi Tommy

I'm afraid I can't see the picture - you need to click on the green tree icon to post a photo. If that doesn't work you could use a photo-hosting side and post the link.

I'm wondering whether the plants in question could be lemon trees or another type of citrus - the perfume from the flowers is gorgeous.

Does it look like this?


Conifer Bush Trimming

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 07:26


To encourage them to grow I'd feed the soil around hedge with Fish Blood and Bone about now and water it well in.  Don't trim the tops until they are nearly at the height you want, but trim the sides, shaping the profile of the hedge into a gentle 'A' shape so that it's a bit wider at the bottom than the top.  This way the base of the hedge will get plenty of light and stay green and the hedge will be sturdy and not get top heavy. 

Trim regularly - never cut back beyond the green of the hedge as it will leave you with brown dead looking patches -  Leylandii does not regrow from old wood.

You need to be aware that there is legislation regarding the height of evergreen hedges which may become a nuisance to neighbours.  This applies to hedges over 2 metres tall.

Details here

Hope that's helpful

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 07:14

Good morning all   G'day Pat

Goodness, you're all up early!


Creative ideas for a mystery corner please

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 20:04

Maybe if the gate is partially open the difference in width won't show, and it would also look more as if it's inviting you to explore ...?

If you listen to the Archers ....

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 20:01

((hugs)) for you and your OH too Mr J.

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