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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:40

Hosta, what varieties?  Did you select them or did your nurseryman suggest them?

(it is very tempting to browse plant catalogues.  Bowdens hosta cat arrived today. ! )

When you ordered a plant last year...

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:31

Just checked it out.  £30 from local but famous Burncoose Nurseries for a 5 litre plant.  Will pick it up later this week.

keen, since it is your fault could you pay half for me?   

Asprin

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:26

Sophie, I have been kidded a few times.  One ancient tomato grower who grew the best tomatoes ever gave me plenty of "advice"......in retrospect he was protective of his methods.  He told me to add vinegar when watering my tomatoes to give nice sharp taste.  Believable!  Also to addd cubes of cheese around each plant.....calcium he said.  I think I might have sheepishly done that but never  convinced. 

Judge your neighbour by his garden and humour him a little. I have a feeling you could learn an awful lot from him 

When you ordered a plant last year...

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:01

Keen, firstly a lovely plant.  Something I don't have but want.  The fragrance is to die for.  As I recall it needs pampering with plenty of goodness added not just in the planting hole but also around it.

when I considered it (last year) I had a spot giving it space, shelter and moist soil. It meant me removing a philadelphus aureus as it provided same conditions.  Your post has motivated me to do this now.......end of summer job but I will seek out the plant asap and pot it on for now  

How long till I get my lavender hedge?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:42

Agree.  Lavendar needs to grow hard and not fed or mulched.  Keep weed free though when young.  And unless very dry do not water unless in pots  

 

How long till I get my lavender hedge?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:42

Agree.  Lavendar needs to grow hard and not fed or mulched.  Keep weed free though when young.  And unless very dry do not water unless in pots 

Osteospermum Daisy May - Pinch Out?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:39

For sure yes Mr BB.  And pinch again when you pot on....more stems, more flowers 

Asprin

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:37

Yes aspirin is used by many on their plants.  Not done it myself but then I don't take aspirin myself.

don't dismiss your helpful neighbour Sophie.  I learned an awful lot from guys on an allotment and people who had been successful gardeners for years. 

some of the old remedies were horrific but many are not and proven to be effective and safe. the modern chemicals are not to be regarded as totally safe 

Hellebores

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:31

Sanjy, take out the whole flowered stem back to the base.  They are easy to differentiate...according to colour the stems will be darker even purple but they are all much thicker.  Keep all other growth and feed.

if you want seedlings then leave flowered stems for another 3 weeks or so.  I simply want vigour for better flowers next year so removing energy sapping seed heads will help this 

Hellebores

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 08:22

Aym, mine have been cut back so you will have to take my word for it or remind me next winter or check past pics on the forum.  Hellebores are my passion....well, along with salvias, agastaches, cannas, hostas, grasses, etc etc 

dont grow petunias but could be water spots, sun spots, anything.  If you have otherwise healthy leaves just snip off those affected.  You can easily over water right now.....temps esp overnight are pretty low so keeping compost drier will help I think 

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