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Posted: 04/11/2014 at 21:05

I bought a number of hardy fuchsias earlier this year, only paying postage & packaging, so a real bargain, which included Hawkshead, Delta's Sarah and Army Nurse.  They are doing really well, in pots on the patio at the moment, but I will plant them in the borders next Spring.  Yes, I love Hellebores too, and have a beautiful double white one which flowers for weeks and weeks.  Must get some more!

Tree bands

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 23:35

Grease bands applied each year seem to work on my Victoria Plum tree, and are recommended by various experts, but they do need to be carefully applied, leaving no gaps.

Plant identity

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 23:17

I have the V.Bodnatense 'Dawn', which is flowering now, although still in full leaf, when usually it waits until leaf drop in about December.  The perfume has been described as 'cinammon'.  Mine has grown to about 10 ft and is in need of pruning.  I love it!

Get well soon Nigel!

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 13:22

I haven't watched it yet either, but will miss seeing Nigel, and wish him a speedy recovery - ear infections are painful. x

Talkback: How to choose slug-resistant plants - part two

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 11:51

I don't think it would work, Alec, but they're not attracted to the following plants:  Achillea, Alchemilla, Aquilegia, Calendula, Campanula, Crocosmia, Crocus, Cyclamen, Dianthus, Dicentra, Ferns, Foxgloves, Fuchsias, Geraniums, Hellebores, Heucheras,  Japanese Anemones, Lavender, Leuchanthemum, Phlox, Primulas, Roses, Thyme, Valerian.  You might want to look at the thread on deterring slugs and snails on Hostas.

Talkback: 10 hostas to grow

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 11:37

Use ALL the above preventative measures and you'll be successful.  I was also told by a specialist grower that the thick and ridged Hostas are less attractive to slugs and snails.  He advised that pellets attract these molluscs, so only one or two should be placed some way from the plants.  When preparing the garlic method, crush 2 bulbs, add them to 2 pints of water and boil for 3 minutes until they're blanched.  Cool the liquid and blitz in a liquidiser, store in a screw top jar.  One tablespoon of solution to a gallon of water should be sprayed on the open leaves of Hostas every 14 days or afer a storm in the late afternoon.  Bear in mind that this garlic solution requires to be made fresh each year.

Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 20:48

I've still got white Phlox in flower.

Winter and shade hanging baskets

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 20:37

Hello Marc.  Maybe not terribly exciting, but I've also got a hanging basket in the front porch, facing North and last winter I planted grasses, ivies and Cyclamen and they are still looking good, with the Cyclamen now coming into flower again.  I would also plant Heucheras, particularly the new trailing varieties, Primulas and Violas.

Bike stolen from back garden. Need gate lock solutions.

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:24

So sorry to hear that, MM, and about your grandson's friend, Mike.  They're mean and rotten.  We installed an alarm after a burglary, but the police would be the best people to advise you.

Plant ID - blue flowers

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:18

What a beautiful blue, Chicky.  Is it in flower now, since when and how tall and wide is it?

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