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Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:20

Yes Hosta - get the fire extinguisher you cheeky devil  

Brilliant stories! People are hideous.  Daughter works part time in Asda. The stories are great, but it beggars belief sometimes. The woman who works in customer services must have the patience of a saint. Well to do area, but no prizes for guessing who the worst customers are...

I've done my fair share. In fact - I've done all the 'bad' jobs - children, animals and the general public. I expect you can guess which was the worst. 

Dove - I went out....can you keep them till next weekend for me? 

Had enough for today. One bag of gravel emptied but the other is for down the side of the house and along the front of the 'stension. I still have work to do there - lifting turf and laying slabs so that won't happen anytime soon. Been constructing the new bed edging - concreting little posts in for the timber and attaching it.  Why do these jobs take so long, yet look as if you've done b****r all? 

Anyone got any cake? I'm fairly sure I deserve it  

A bit different...

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:07

Hi Vicko - it's a nice idea but take into consideration the location and what's growing round about. My niece's grave, where my parents' ashes are also scattered, is surrounded by conifers  and hollies etc, so the ground is bone dry most of the time, despite our annual rainfall. It 's impossible to get anything to grow, especially as plants aren't being attended to as they would be in a garden. 

Sorry if that's negative, but I know how disappointing it can be. Take time to look at the ground before making a decision, and also check that you are allowed to plant there. Some councils don't allow it. 

Can you put a hosta in a hanging basket?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 10:26

Wakeshine - your garden has to suit you and your needs. I don't have time to constantly faff around with fussy plants now, and I don't use pellets, so I simply don't grow them.  I prioritise. I love clematis, which slugs love too, and apart from that I grow very few plants that are 'slug restaurant' material. I do a bit of slug and snail hunting to keep the clematis happy, but they still get flowers eaten. It's about getting a balance.  

Some hostas are more slug repellent - the heavily ribbed ones are better, and the blues are often quite sturdy as the foliage is thicker, but molluscs will be worse in some years than others too.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 10:18

Yes Dove - can you get me some chaps with strong arms    ...to shift gravel, nothing else....

I have loads of things to change doc. Not sure how that's going to happen  

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 10:15

 Yes - get them outside. The reason people have told you they disappear is because they've been small plants and have been eaten by slugs!  Once they're bigger and more robust they can withstand small attacks, but you have to be vigilant in early spring when the new juicy shoots start appearing. That's when they're most vulnerable. If you use slug pellets at that point -  only use a few. Most people use far too many and it's completely unnecessary     

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. 

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