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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 20:13
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

my whole garden is on  south facing slope, so very little shade.

My general rule of thumb is that yellow variegations will take more sun than white, indeed in too much shade the yellow can become green..............

Well, Stained Glass is getting more sun now - let's see if the yellow comes back

Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 20:01

That's always been my understanding Matt - but then I find that some of the very white/cream/green variegated hostas burn in bright sunlight - and my H. Stained Glass is yellow and green - does that need more or less than the green and cream ones?

And then I read that the blue ones need shade, but the thick blue ones need more sun, or was it more shade than the thinner leaved ones - I'm trying to make sense of it all ...........

Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 19:53

I'm trying to get to grips with my hostas, in order to get the best out of them. 

It all started with Hosta Stained Glass - I realised that although it was growing very happily in its pot, grouped in the shady corner of the terrace with the other hostas, its lovely markings were much less pronounced than when I first had it. 

I looked it up and apparently it likes more sun than most, but not hot afternoon sun, just morning sun - fussy or what?  So now H. Stained Glass has been moved to the south-east facing corner of the terrace and we await improvement.

But what of the other hostas - would some of them do better in the sun than in the shade?

And to help me when purchasing more hostas (which may happen any day now) is there a 'rule of thumb' as to which hostas like shade, which like sun, and which like some sun, but ........... not a lot

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 19:21

Lovely pics folks - really lovely


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 19:15

Yes, I know the lily beetle - not only do they have no natural predators in the UK, they're flippin' sneaky too - if the adults know you're after them they drop to the ground and land upside down so you can't see their red wing-cases - and worse than that, their offspring hide on the underside of leaves and cover themselves with their poop in an attempt to camouflage themselves - honestly they're worse than an adolescent's bedroom   But get some kitchen roll and wipe the lilies from bottom of the stem to the top and get rid of the little .............. critters

Plant Identification

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 18:10
yarrow2 wrote (see)



Could be right - do the petals have fringed edges?  Can't see from here


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 18:07

Hi Gertie (like the new name ) .

You'll get used to Verdun's jokes ................... eventually    



Posted: 20/05/2015 at 17:54
Verdun wrote (see)

...  Dove, I have seen kids, encouraged by their parents, using these sheds as a toilet!    Isnt it great when we nring you down to earth like that?  Seriously though, great bit of trading.  Impressed  ....


You can't worry me Verdun the shed I'm having was being used under cover in the GC itself to display tools etc - no room in it for even the smallest child to perform it's ablutions, even in extremis   And it comes complete with the racks/hooks etc for my tools

Pdoc - thanks for that bit of research - very grateful - will keep my eyes open

Wonky - you'll have to have a shortish clematis to climb up that new trellis on the wall - have you got a brolly for a trip to Lidl???  Then you'll need taller clematis for the new arch .............

New Garden Project

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 17:42

Don't fill that bottom gap with soil - you'll breach your damp proof course and cause damp in the house!

Plant Identification

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 17:38

Hi Alan

My first thought is it could be a Linum (flax)


Don't think it's a Sweet William as they have multiple flowers on one stem.


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