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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 23:37

I think the one sure thing about hostas is that they like water. ,

logically, what the weather was like last year cannot affect the leaves this year. they are new fresh leaves.  My sense is that they respond to THIS season's conditions.  Were they like shrubs where the wood meeds to ripen to,produce best flowers, etc., this year then it would make semse to me.  

Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 20:06

It seems hostas are a little fickle.  Dont think the rulesmabout direct sun apply automatically to them

Dove, I find myself doing exactly the same thing with my new hostas.  Those Ive had for years are easy.  I know where they are happiest. i struggle with Fire Island, for example. Its supposed to tolerate sun but my mind...they need shade. Fire and Ice needs shade....easy. they are placed where there is no hot direct sun.  

Hostafan will know better than me but the colours seem to,change according to the heat and environment....i.e.,whether its dry or humid.  

So far, from my new varieties, but liberty is doing very well. its in the ground and the neighbouring plants seem to provide the cover it needs

its a question of experimenting and knowing,your plants I think.

Cosmos seedlings

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 19:53

Pot them up now lena into individual Pots. pinch the tips out. plant slightly deeper when you pot up. 

Keep in greenhouse when potted overnight but outside during the day. after a few days you can leave them outside.  Personally I pot on again so that good size plants are planted in the garden


There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 19:34

Yes I know about the popsickle kniphofias....viz., that they are smaller, finer foliage and flower for longer.  Probably wouldnt lose them down here.  

Chelsea pictures 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 18:34

To think someone bought me ticketslast year for chelsea.  Those pictures have decided I will go next year 


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 17:36

Love favourite is bugs bunny.........I'll get my coat, shall I?  Its the hot sun that's got to me 


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 17:34

Used to think bearded iris were simply old plants 

There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 17:32

Buttercupdays, what do you think of your mango popsickle kniphofia? I recently tried to get a couple but sold Out.

Dying Comos

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 17:28


Watered too much I think.  Cosmos simply do not like it.  

I water overhead though without any ill effects. Probably too wet and it would not have helped when you plunged them outside without hardenjng them off.

i,would stop watering and take them back into greenhouse and cover with fleece if its hot

just a thought.  Look under your pots to see if any tiny slugs are there.  They will devour young cosmos plants if in wetttish conditions


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 17:24

Hello Hazel and welcome.  

Yes, a picture would be good if you can

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