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Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:07

A few weeks ago, Monty Don said it was a fallacy that hostas need shade.    I agreed with him, as mine are in full sun all day, and flower well every year.    He said full sun is fine as long as they get lots of water.    Mine are in pots, standing in saucers of water.


Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:57

I mostly use phostrogen or Miracle Gro for everything, except for ericacous plants such as pieris, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, and blueberries.    Oh, and rose fertilizer for roses, of course.   The whole veggie/fruit patch gets mulched with home-made compost each year, and the flower beds are mulched with the Soil Conditioner I buy from my local council.

garlic affected by heavy rain?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:50

According to Monty Don, dig up your garlic when the leaves start to die down.

Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 08:03

I can't quite work out the conclusion in this thread, but I think the colour of the leaves is a deciding factor.     Rocket leaves are green, whereas erysimum leaves are a greyish-green.   I have two erysimums and they are both 2-3 feet high.

fast growing climbers

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 18:13

How about euonymus?    Not a climber, but evergreen and grows quite fast.   Various colour combinations, such as green/gold, green/white, etc.

Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 18:10

Yep, I think it is Erysimum Bowles Mauve - a perennial wallflower.    They have a very long flowering period.

Can you help me identify this flowering shrub?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 18:04

Lucky you!    Yes, I would agree with figrat - definitely a philadelphus.

Talkback: Scent and memory

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 10:41

Sounds as if your husband was a very romantic man, Happy Marion.

I always love the scent of a big old-fashioned phlox flower.    Difficult to find these days, as they grow too many dwarf varieties.    I used to pick the individual florets off the flower-head, and suck out what I thought, as a child, was nectar.   Ah, childhood memories!


no plums

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 10:34

I have exactly the same problem with an apple tree bought last year and which produced a crop for me.   It has blossomed this year, but no apples are developing.    I saw an apple grower interviewed on the TV News, and he said it is a disastrous year for fruit.     Long established apple trees that he usually gets about 500 apples from will only be bearing about 50 apples each this year.    All down to the spring we had, according to him.    The wrong weather when the blossom was out meant a lot of it was destroyed, and not enough pollinating insects at that time either.   

Now I am sure some gardeners will add to this thread that they are having a bumper crop of apples and plums! 

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 10:27

They look great, and also a great suggestion.

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