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Watering newly planted Honeysuckle

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:08

It's one of those tricky things Sheps - watering any  new plant - and it often comes down to experience.

A thorough soaking on planting, then weekly or thereabouts in dry spells ( theoretically this time of year)  unless it's pouring with rain. As yours are in raised beds, they may dry out more quickly, so if the soil feels very dry when you stick your fingers in, you may need to soak them every few days.   A mulch will also help prevent the soil drying out. You just have to judge by how the plant looks as well.

Honeysuckle is a woodland plant and likes shade below and reasonably damp soil so you may have to water more often. It depends what you filled the beds with too - you need a reasonable amount of soil rather than compost to help retain moisture. 

Your garden

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:52

Ppauper - I just had a google too in case I'd seen something else and not a PL. It seems we now get Commas up here and it's possible it could have been that. I didn't see it closely either - just enough to see the paler orange and I made an assumption. I thought it was early to be seeing any of the usual suspects but it has been warmer here than normal. I'd be really excited if it was a Comma  


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:47

Morning all/afties Pat. You've had a productive day  

Dreich here too but the right kind of rain for the garden and long overdue. As long as they remember to turn the tap off again...

Hosta - did you sew all the sequins on yourself? 

Glad all went well for you yesterday BL, if you look in - great that the weather stayed fair 

Hope DD's day goes well too. I'm sure everyone will love it. 

Hope you have a good trip T'bird-although you've probably gone by now....

Last edited: 12 June 2016 09:48:14

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:42

I was about to say - that's a very pristine hosta Joybell!

I've had them in metal pots before to prevent slug and snail damage and it works well. They would mainly be in the shade anyway and they don't overheat here generally. 

Lovely foxgloves. 

Wonks - arranging and sketching is all part of the fun. I seem to do more planning than actual 'doing' these days...  

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:36

I largely stayed out of the previous thread as it rapidly descended into personal attacks on a valued member of the forum, with many bitchy, patronising comments, so my heart sank when I saw yet another thread on this topic.

History has a habit of repeating itself.... 

Your garden

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:28

Forget begonias and welcome the blackbirds Kate - much more pleasant to have in the garden  

ppauper - I spotted a painted lady the other day - first I've seen in this new garden. They're quite like a tortoiseshell, but the black and white markings are arranged differently. Across the 'corners' of the wings (like  Red Admirals' markings but paler) and right round the perimeter.     

Cat deterrent

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 22:52

It's attached to the hose Sheps, so you can move it and position it where you want  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 22:16

I love it Vic. It makes a nice shaped plant and I like the way it looks when the buds are about to open - lovely and plump. 

Mine won't flower for quite a while - we're about a month behind the South.  It's worth the wait though. 

The Rocket's  a different shape - upright spires. Lovely  too. Funny that they don't seem to be as popular as some other perennials. Terrific statement plants  

That's a shame Liri. I've managed to keep mine fairly slug free despite our climate. It may be trickier in the ground though, although I did have it in one of the raised borders for a year and it was ok. 

Last edited: 11 June 2016 22:19:09

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 22:05

Britt-Marie Crawford, Vic. Golden/orange daisies - multi headed stems. Bees and hoverflies love it.

I get a bit of slug damage on it and a bit of leaf miner, but it's not really a problem. The underside of the foliage is plum coloured. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 21:37

Cloggie - the one I have gets a bit of both. It has shade till later morning then gets the sun till mid afternoon. It's in a pot just now though, and is going into the new sunny border I'm making. I did find that in long periods of full sun that it wilted, but I think that was down to being in the pot and I couldn't keep it well enough watered. They're generally sun loving, but I think they'd benefit from a bit of a break from it, especially if it was in a south facing spot. They need some moisture at the roots to prevent them getting droopy in prolonged heat. 

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