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Latest posts by greenlove

Where to purchase roses?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 23:14

For me Fryer's Roses are the best quality I have ever bought. Really healthy established plants.

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:47

I live in Macclesfield, Cheshire and the winters here tend to vary year on year. I have to say that so far I have never lost any plants apart from a Mimosa young tree (acacia dealbata) which i made the mistake of leaving out in winter. Then again as they say, never say never.

I have to explain that my hostas will be planted in good size terracota pots in the front garden. The front garden is quite sheltered from winds especially on south and east sides and in summer enjoys the afternoon sun from 2-3pm onwards.

Verdun, are there any online sellers of hostas that you would recommend please (perhaps via PM if the forum rules dont allow posting them here)?

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 12:45

Thank you everyone for the advice. So generally the consensus is to buy around this time and plant the hardy ones now and keep the less hardy in pots until spring.

I know that some plants are slow growers so the bigger you buy the better (generally). Is this the case with the above plants? Especially with hostas, are they slow growers? What I am trying to find out is if I need to buy them in 2l pots (which are more expensive) or could I buy them in the smaller size pots and they would quickly grow to a good size?

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:27

When would be the best time to buy hostas, saxifraga, brunnera, dicentra and helleborus?


PS: I assume this is the right section to post this question?

My Passion Flower is wilting... Help!

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 00:13

I bought two this year and planted the common one in the ground and the lilac coloured one in a big pot. Funny enough the one in the pot has grown a lot lot more than the one in the ground. And it has formed two fruits as well. It isnt much but for a young plant is not bad. The flowers are stunning but they only last a couple of days.


potted acer

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 23:55

My acers have also suffered with leaf burn this year. Even my more mature acer which I have had for about 8 years was affected. That acer was not re-potted so I do believe that the culprit is the propper summer sun that we got this year.

What pests are these?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 16:28

I am neutral to the chemicals/spray argument so far. If I can avoid them i will but if they are needed then I'll use them. I'll get a bottle of Provado spray tomorrow.

They are a real nuissance because they seem to like the new shoots and flower buds the most.

Sometimes they seem to just like to cause damage for the sake of it. Like in the epicture below where they have nibbled just the side of the stem which has turned black and deformed.


What pests are these?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 12:29

My garden has been doing really well this summer and my roses have been free of the dreaded green aphids as well. However lately there has been some damage to the plants from a little green caterpillar (you can see it in the pictures below). It eats the leaves which end up either with holes or curling up and it also eats the rose buds as well. It seems to enjoy all plants because it has affected my roses, blueberries, redcurrants and acers. Does anyone know what this pest is and how it can be eradicated?



Posted: 31/08/2013 at 22:43

Wow, absolutely gorgeous. KT, has that bamboo been trained to grow that way or does it grow like that naturally? Do you know what variety it is?

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 22:29

Some pictures of the garden.

Before it was covered in grass which was horrible looking and stumps



  And after much work of sifting all the roots from the soil with a shovel and by hand and planting some of the plants that will go in it the garden looks like this:






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Blueberries and Ericaceous compost advice needed.

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Help with Hostas' location

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Mould on the bulbs

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What pests are these?

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English forest design for front garden.

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Best fruit cage materials?

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Advice re: building a wire trellis for wisteria

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