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Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:43

In case this helps anyone else I have pasted here the reply that those kind people at Bowden's provided:

I have separated the hostas into three for how much shade they would prefer, all hostas will grow perfectly happily in Neutral to slightly acidic soil but nothing extra needs to be added to the soil as they will grow well as long as they get plenty of water during the growing season.

Shady area hostas
Big Daddy
Devon Green
First Frost
Mack the Knife
Lacey Belle
Gypsy Rose
Kiwi Full Monty
Snowden

Part Shade area hostas
Diana Remembered
Lime Fizz
June
Lakeside Cha Cha
Patriot
Pauls Glory
Rubies and Ruffles
Spartan Arrow
Mayan Moon
His Honor
Mango Tango

Full sun/part shade area hostas
Little Red Joy
George Smith
Sum of All
Red Stepper

 

I'm assuming by 'shady area' they mean full shade places where there is less than an hour or no direct sunshine at all. However I have also asked the question to clarify.

Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:41

I've sent Bowden's an email asking for some advice and hopefully they'll reply soon. Meanwhile I am not taking any risks and am avoiding placing the hostas in the areas of the garden that get 1 hour or less sun per day. As a matter of fact I am also thinking of removing my ferns from deep shade as well.

Hostafan1 thank you for the advice. I suppose I will have to wait for about a year or two before I can see the whole collection in full glory.

Blueberries and Ericaceous compost advice needed.

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:30

Hi guys. Thank you very much for the replies.

Verdun, my garden soil is very clayish and as a result everytime I plant something I have to dig a fairly large hole which I then fill with a mixture of soil and compost (I get rid of the clayish soil that I dig out).

I intended to build two of those beds so there should be plenty of space I think. The plants are already in fairly large containers that have all been placed inside a large 12feet x 6feetx6feet cage. I thought using raised beds would give the roots more space to develop and also make the whole thing look neater. But by the sounds of it looks like I may be better leaving them in pots.

Blueberries and Ericaceous compost advice needed.

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 16:41

Currently I have around 16 middle sized blueberry bushes growing in tubs. I have been thinking of building a couple of raised beds in order to transfer all the blueberries into. The raised beds will be approximately 12 feet long x 2.5 feet wide and 2 feet high. However I am conscious of the fact that it's going to take a lot of ericaceous compost to fill the raised beds and that stuff doesnt come cheap.

Do the raised beds need to be filled with pure ericaceous compost or can it be a mixture of soil and ericaceous compost? Also is there a way to making ericaceous soil or compost myself?

Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:00

I have recently ordered (Bowden's) around 25 varieties of Hostas which range from small to huge in terms of dimensions. I have planted them all in potts and am listing below all the varieties I have. I have done a bit of research on the internet and have read advice that suggests that some hostas prefer more of a sunny position than others. In fact some hostas will develop better in a sunny position. However I have no idea which of my hostas require a sunny position and which a shadier one. I thought to ask here in the hope that collective wisdom may be able to help. I have a front garden which is North to North-West facing and gets around 3-4 hours sunshine from April to October between 2pm - 7pm). I also have a South facing back garden which gets sunshine throughout the day (More specifically: the east facing wall in the morning, The West facing wall in the afternoon and the back wall throughout).I have about 50 medium and large pots planted with hostas so there's plenty to split between both gardens depending on their sun or shade needs. The pots have been filled with a mixture of peat free soil and compost (topped up with crushed egg shells, slug pellets and covered above with large holed chicken wire )

The hosta varieties are:

Big Daddy

Devon Green

Diana Remembered

First Frost

Mack the Knife

Limefizz

Little red joy

Lacey Belle

Purple Heart

George Smith

Gypsy Rose

June

Kiwi Full Monty

Lakeside Cha Cha

Patriot

Paul's Glory

Rubies and Ruffles

Snowden

Spartan Arrow

Mayan Moon

His Honor

Sum of All

Red Stepper

Mango Tango

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 17:07

Hi all. Due to unexpected events I have been away from the forum since September last year. (gardenjeannie, have sent you a PM with my apologies for not replying).

I never managed to buy the hostas last autumn so now that I am able to dedicate some of my time to gardening I am looking to buy some. Just wanted to check, am I still on time to buy them? I have noticed that Bowden's still sell them (they arrive barerooted or with little soil on them apparently).

Fourberries...what a waste of money

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 20:10

I like blueberries and fruits of forest in general and this variety promised to combine a few of them. So I fell for the advertising "sweet words". lol

Mould on the bulbs

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 23:39

Yeah they were lifted just before being sent apparently. They were bought from Eurobulbs.co.uk. The mould does brush off (in a few of the bulbs it had "eaten" into the top layer of the bulb (1 milimeter).

I have planted all of them today so fingers crossed. Snowdrops at about 6 inch deep and the bluebells at least 8 inches deep. I never though that planting 300 bulbs would be so painful. All watered nicely as well.

The soil in my front garden is quite clayish so I had to dig the holes and replace the soil with compost instead.

Mould on the bulbs

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 23:15

I bought a few hundred English bluebell bulbs which arrived a couple of weeks ago. I left them in an open cardboard box in the outhouse since then and today got them to plant them in my front garden. I did notice that the bulbs had small patches of greenish-bluish mould on them. the bulbs themselves were nice and firm and it seemed like the mould damage is only superficial.In the box there were also other bulbs such as crocus and snowdrops but they were not affected.

Is this a known problem with bluebell bulbs? Will they be ok?

I also read somewhere that snowdrop bulbs should not be left to dry. May I asl what does that mean? My snowdrop bulbs had white flesh underneath the brown membrane (a bit like an onion). Are they ok too?

 

Sorry about all the questions but am new to snowdrop and bluebell bulbs.

Fourberries...what a waste of money

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 22:58

Dove, you are right, the only thing they're good for is wildlife gardening.

 

Sue, I did buy a couple of RedLove trees as well so I do sincerely hope that that experience turns out better than the fourberries.

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