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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? 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:49

It's a real burst of sunshine on a dull summer day - and flowers for ages. Great value plant.

Go on, live dangerously Vic ...


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:46

Pp - I had a friend who had a boy slightly younger than my oldest. She was always saying to my girls 'boys are stupid, don't have anything to do with them'  

Rain's off, so I suppose I should go back outside and shift more gravel... 

Small dahlia flowers

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:36

In addition to all Ladybird's good advice, many plants will produce smaller flowers in their second flush (when the first, main lot have finished) so it may well just be that too. 

It will be better in the ground though, so if you can get it planted out it will probably do better. In most areas, Dahlias need to come in for the winter too, so be prepared for that if you're in a cold , wet part of the country.


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:31

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