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Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:15


Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:15

Verdun should point out that he gardens in the south west and has a very mild climate compared to the rest of the UK.

What works for him won't do inland or in frost pockets or in exposed areas where it's colder and winters are longer and harder.

I prefer to buy well potted hostas and roses and many other plants in spring which means the grower does the over winter care and takes the risks of losses rather than me and my purse.  Then again, my winters are severe and even established plants can get clobbered in a bad one.

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 09:19

The general wisdom is that autumn planting allows plants to establish a good root system over winter because in autumn the soil is warm enough and moist enough to encurage this and, with most plants going dormant above gorund, there isn't a lot happening to stress the roots as they grow.

Plants that get established in autumn and over winter do not usually need any watering in teh new season.  Spring planted plants have to cope with establishing roots while supporting a spurt of energy and growth above ground so can get stressed and will require careful monitoring for watering and feeding.

However, in my own garden I have learned to plant all except the hardiest shrubs and trees in spring as I can lose new plants to hard winters.  Normal British winters should be OK unless you're in a very exposed area.  If you're worried about marginally hardy plants, pot them on into bigger pots and keep them under frost free shelter for winter then plant out in spring.

hydrangea lacecap

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 22:34

Hydrangeas need a lot of moisture so I expect it's been under watered, especially in the heat of this summer.

clematis good for bees

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:55

My clematis Red Ballon - - was full of bees when two swift experts came to see me to advise about nests a couple of years ago.  They were astonished as they thought you had to grow wildflowers and weeds to attract bees.   They also like my Red Robin - - which flowers earlier and my alba luxurians is buzzing at the mo - 

I reckon any clematis would do as long as it's not a double so avoid things like and

Iris - to lift and move or allow seed pod to ripen?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:46

Thi slate in teh season I'd let the seed pod ripen and sow the seeds.  The best time to lift and divide irises is immediately after flowering so I would wait till it's flowered next year to move it and then you can see what colour it is.  

Clematis "Dr. Ruppel"

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 21:13

As Bob says, you"re doing everything right and clems can take a couple of years to establish themselves and get going properly.  I differ on pruning though.

Group 2 contains the early and mid-season large flowered hybrids which usually begin flowering before the end of June.  Once new growth starts in spring, fcut out any obvious dead stems and then follow each stem back down to a pair of live buds and cut back to just above this point.    Feed it some clematis food which is usually slow release granules plus a liquid tonic of tomato or rose food for instant oomph.

Once flowering starts in June you can dead head or just wait till that flush is all over and remove the flowers all together.     This will keep the plant looking tidy and encourage it to produce a second flush of blooms later in summer.

Is this a Weed?

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 14:55

i'd go with brunnera too.  Borage has hairier stems and leaves.  Mine does anyway.

Dumb Question Amnesty!

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 22:50

I think, as a new home owner, you probably have plenty of other jobs you could get on with in the house and garden where you know your time and money will be well spent and will anhance your home and its value.

I think curb appeal projects almong a common boundary are best left until new owers/occupiers turn up and you can get to know them a bit before springing a project on them.   Assuming they're reasonable and you get along OK, you could then discuss some sort of solution but, as I said, to maintain decent plants in good health and looks you'll need something quite substantial as planters and you'll need lots of very good compost to grow them in and that doesn't come cheap. Then you have the cost of plants on top so it's going to be a fair financial undertaking plus all the maintenance to keep them looking good.


Cleome's how to look after them in winter?

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 16:10

Just to clarify, cleomes are half hardy annuals from South America so they germinate, gorw, flower and set seed in one growing season. 

Their seed needs to be sown under cover in spring and then you can plant them out after all frosts have passed in May or June, depending on where you garden.   They will flower until the first frosts which may be October or November, again depending on where you are.   The frosts will turn them brown and kill them but yu should be able to collect seed from ripe seed pods before the frosts.

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