Latest posts by Obelixx

Can you put a hosta in a hanging basket?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:05

They are herbaceous so die down at the end of summer and would need sheltering over winter to avoid freezing the root ball.   I don't see why it couldn't be grown in a hanging basket as long as it's big enough to keep it moist and not dry out between waterings.

Heucheras do not get eaten by slugs in my experience.

Ideas for a fluffy shrub or perennial

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 09:02

For wildlife, go for sanguisorbia or persicaria bistorta which both have fluffy flowers rather than grasses which are wind pollinated and not attractive to insects.   Astilbes do best in moist soil as their foliage can go brown at the edges in dry soil.   

Hardy geraniums are good ground cover perennials which attract pollinators but are not eaten by slugs and many forms make good round, hummocky shapes.   Sedum spectabile will provide flowers for bees and hoverflies and butterflies form mid summer to autumn.

For a small rounded shrub with evergreen foliage and fluffy flowers have a look at hebes.

This is a list of pollinator friendly plants put together by the RHS and organised by season of interest so you can maybe spread the food sources through the year -  https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/pdf/conservation-and-biodiversity/wildlife/rhs_pollinators_plantlist

Lysimachia Clethroides

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 08:06

Don't bother with the granules Lou.  They're not necessary as long as you water it well before and after planting and during any dry spells for its first summer.  After that it will look after itself.

Good looking border Busy - great mix of plants.  I have echinops too, always buzzing with bees.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 07:56

Have fun earning your shekels Hosta.

More chair painting to do here and then more sorting and by then it might be a bit less dull and grey and miserable and I'll enjoy a potter outdoors.   Pots to water, hostas to deadhead and seeds to hunt.

Lysimachia Clethroides

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 21:15

I bought 3 of these about 10 years ago, maybe more.   They expanded very happily in my fertile alkaline loam and have been split several times with plants given away or sold at charity sales or planted elsewhere in the garden to fill gaps.  It has coped with deep frosts down to -32C, heavy snows, torrential rains, a hailstone tornado and high sweltery summer days of +34C and everything in between.

I love it as I have a big garden and room for it to spread and thread itself through other plants.   It's easy to lift and divide and I love the goose neck flowers which last ages. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:36

Could be.  I'm hopeless at keeping labels.   Must do better at that.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:23

Chiltern have your Lantaria....   Looks a nice wee plant.

We were at the new place, briefly, at the beginning of the week and the clump of hemerocallis in a raised walled bed was looking parched and crispy but there were some gorgeous hibiscus in pale, medium and deep pink with burgundy throats.   Only other flowers were the silk tree, a fuchsia magellanica, a perovskia and then some wild mallow a in a large weed infested graveled area.   

Going to be such fun making it all lovely and colourful and productive.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 17:57

Busy - Chiltern Seeds and Plant World are both good sources of interesting, good quality seeds and post to me in Belgium with no probs.       


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 17:52

OH does our ironing whilst watching sport on TV.   It's a rule or he'd spend hours glued to the box doing nothing during endless golf, cricket, rugby, football.....   He does get to flop sometimes as long as I'm busy and don't have to watch the stuff too.

Fold is a lovely term for an OAP home.   

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