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Camera Talk

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 10:07

A slightly disturbing smiley face Pat!  

Big sky photos are always great.

Didn't realise wombats could do that. Wouldn't want them in the garden....

Nothing over 2.5 MB will upload Pat.... I've tried...frequently...

so, until it's sorted, as long as your pix are smaller than that they'll be fine 

Before and after....

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:58

It's really transformed Laura - I remember your conifers!  

You've worked so hard, and yes, you can move anything that outgrows it's spot or doesn't look right.

Make use of the 'borrowed view' on the other side of the fence. If you get the fence covered with climbers, it'll gradually disappear and the neighbouring trees will all look like part of your garden. All your other planting will contribute to that screen too. It will be superb.

Horsy might look like he's charging out of the woodland though...

Lysimachia Clethroides

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:39

It's a plant I've always fancied Lou-a very attractive habit, though I really don't like the other loosestrifes. They make quite a big stand if they're happy. As I have clay soil and plenty of moisture, I think I might need a big space for it! 

Moving mature plants

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:33

In theory, you'd wait till it's dormant for the best chance of success, but that's not always possible.

The advice is still the same - give it a thorough soaking, prepare the new hole where you're moving it to, and then dig it out with as big a rootball as possible. Once it's in the ground, water it thoroughly and then keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't dry out. For a big shrub like that, I'd take the flowers off and prune it back a bit. I know that seems a shame, but transplanting can shock mature shrubs, and removing some of the top growth helps to relieve the stress on it and gives it a better chance of recovery.

The heucheras will be easy to move - they're very forgiving anyway, but keep them well enough watered till established. The rhodie/azalea next to the hydrangea will also be fine - again, water well before moving and make sure it doesn't dry out till established. It looks a little chlorotic so it may need a feed to green it up a bit. You can attend to that later though 

Can you put a hosta in a hanging basket?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:25

Heucheras aren't usually bothered by slugs as obelixx says - vine weevils are the usual culprits for those.

You'll just have to take precautions with hostas to keep slugs away, but some are more resilient. When you see the new lush growth in spring it's the time to get hunting! 

Pots are easier to control if you have a lot of slugs. I only grow a few as I don't use pellets and I don't have time to slug hunt enough.

Great plants but I don't think a suitable candidate for hanging baskets for the reason Verdun gives. You wouldn't get the benefit.of the foliage. They make great statement plants in big pots though. 


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:17

Morning all/afties Pat  

Have a good day at work Hosta. I'll be glad to go back tomorrow for a rest 

Aching joints this morning after the gravel shifting...not sure how they'll stand up to more of it today

Hope the leccy's back on BL ...I couldn't cope without a cuppa in the morning... 

Hydrangea in trouble (I think)

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 21:39

If it's established, it really shouldn't need watering unless it's visibly wilting, and if it's doing that on a regular basis, it needs to be somewhere more shady. South facing isn't the best aspect for them unless they have shade from something else nearby.

They're shade loving plants, although they cope well enough with sun if the soil's right. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:57

I love that pic Pat. Beautiful sky - very peaceful - and so big!  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:43

If it is the Ligularia, it certainly can't be that mine flowers because I look after it better...it gets a bucket of water thrown at it now and again  

Think Ms Dimmock used it in that garden with the older couple who had renovated their bungalow in a very contemporary style,  and had a deck along the back of the house. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:32

 I haven't had any problem with flowering obelixx  - mine's been in a pot for a couple of years, but it was in a raised bed for a year before that and flowered just the same. It shared the bed with two grasses and some other plants, and it was only because I knew the grasses wouldn't have room that I took it out.

There's another plant with similar foliage - likes damp areas. Can't for the life of me remember it's name though. Someone asked for an ID on it recently - they'd seen it in a garden they visited. Perhaps you have that? 

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