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Tarpaulins

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 08:18

You can buy metal U-shaped prongs used for holding down weed suppressing fabric and use those to hold down your cardboard.  My guru gets hers from shops that have deliveries in large packing - household shops and supermarkets.  They're happy for her to take it away rather than have to recycle it themselves.

What'll I do with me hostas

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 08:15

I have a couple of dozen big ones in the ground, a dozen or so smaller Gold Edgers which grow and split very easily and another couple of dozen in display pots plus a dozen or so babies in pots to give away or swap.

I do my splitting in spring when the noses show and sell spares at a charity plant sale.

Hostafan - have you thought of offering your spares to a charity sale or taking them to a car boot sale?  Or even seeing if people on here would home them for you?

What'll I do with me hostas

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 15:52

I have found that hostas divided in autumn sulk and sometimes die so best to wait till spring.  However, if you need the pot for something else, there's nothing to stop you simply separating the two hostas and planting them while the ground is still warm enough for them to recover and re-root.  

You can then divide them in spring assuming they're big enough and that that's what you need to do.   You'll need to be vigilant with the wildlife friendly slug pellets once they're in the ground though.  Start sprinkling lightly on Valentine's Day cos it's easy to remember and then weekly, still thinly, through the season.  This gets the perishers as they emerge form hibernation or hatch from eggs and stops them feasting on your treasures and breeding.

Conifers

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 14:23

Have a look at this thread Macava - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/bamboo/805998.html 

Winter colour

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 13:43

I suggest you go to your local market or nursery or garden centre and see what's available.   The obvious contenders are pansies and primulas and hardy cyclamen with trailing ivy and/or evergreen grasses such as carex for movement.

If the baskets are large enough not to freeze solid, you could add small bulbs such as crocus, iris reticulata and miniature daffs.  

Look also at small variegated euonymous which can be planted out in bigger pots in spring and gaultheria if you use ericaceous compost and have soft or rainwater for watering.

 

Tarpaulins

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 13:35

My gardening guru friend swears by cardboard for keeping weeds down on bare soil.  Lets in air and moisture but not light so no weedlings except form old roots.

By the end of winter when you want to work the soil again it's often broken down and can be forked in rather than having to take it away.

Helianthus Lemon Queen

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 21:59

I was given an innocent looking clump of these several years ago and planted it in my very fertile rear garden whose soil has been cow pasture for centuries so well fertilised.  It went berserk - very tall and spreading madly but very good as a tall, back of border plant with clear yellow flowers.

Since then I have dug it all up, split and shared with friends and the bits I kept have been planted in poorer soil with more fierce drainage in full sun.  There it doesn't spread as fast and gets to between 3 and 6 feet high and is perfect.   Lovely plant and colour in the right place.

Conifers

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 14:36

Sorry, no.  It's fiendishly expensive to buy here if you want one with decorative coloured stems and either tries to take over the world or dies after flowering.  I decided not to bother and grew ornamental grasses instead but not as a screen or hedge.

Conifers

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 14:17

Beware of bamboo as it spreads rapidly and is hard to remove if you buy the wrong sort.   Does nothing for British wildlife either.

Azaleas

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 14:15

If you have acid soil they can go in the garden now in a sheltered spot.   If you don't, you need to plant them in pots of ericaceous compost and water them with rain water.  Either way, keep them protected form early morning sun and strong winds which will burn frosted buds and desiccate the foliage.   They don't want wet feet but it's important that their roots do not dry out in late summer and autumn as this is when they are forming the flower buds for next spring's show.

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