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Posted: 14/08/2016 at 12:16

Ah!  Doesn't look quite so bad from there Kate......I would never pay £7 for such a plant.  Certainly not a bargain or a special hosta. 

Yesterday at my local gc they had hostas on offer....see bargains thread.....for far less than £7 and big plants.

I would still contact the seller with the slug nibbled and stained leaf.  I am sure you will be glad you did 

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Spacing between these plants

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 12:06

Nooooooooooooooo Bala.  Don't compromise.  Putting concrete down is a no return policy. 

stick to your guns and give the planting a couple of years. I have a feeling your OH will take an interest too.  

A living, green garden is so much more fulfilling than more concrete 

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Posted: 14/08/2016 at 11:57

I agree with you Kate.....not in ideal condition.  Every hosta I am growing is cleaner than that.

however, you are really buying for next year so not the end of the world but not a reason to accept a below par plant.

I find the Ebay suppliers very good so contact them, say you can produce a photo and say you are disappointed.  You will be sent a replacement or given a refund.  Please do this Kate.  Let us know how you get on

it annoys me when I see people meekly accept goods they hoped and expected would be better

Wilting lavender - help!

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 08:21

Amy, yes, just cut out the offending pieces 

Mike, do you water your plants?  

I planted a 40 to 50' row of young lavendar last autumn and they have flowered well.  I have not watered them at all.  Even though the soil is free draining and light watering was unnecessary.

keep water away from your lavendar  if your ground is inclined to be wet lavendar will struggle for sure 

Spacing between these plants

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 21:48

Bala, what do you actualy like?  What do you wa t from your garden?

I like Baggesons Gold very much ....I keep mine trimmed as a pyramid but lovely all year round colour.

your berberis?  Which one is it?  They are all pretty prickly.  If it is Darwinii it is a superb apring flowered evergreen.

Pieris needs acid you have acid soil?

euonymous is a valuable bright evergreen and skimmia can also light up a shady spot producing white flowers and berries but you meed two of them unless you have an hermaphrodite form.

there are better cornus than yours...go for the red stemmed ones instead.

If you can plant some elsewhere  look to break the shrubs with perennials.

your hebes? You have a lot of them....remember they will get bigger than you think so prune annually.

Galega! Villain or welcome guest?

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 21:14

Thanks Richard.  I was taken by Coconut Ice as a foliage plant. Subtle, soft variegation but there is no info anywhere

I inspected the root system and it looks well behaved.  

Your white form sounds attractive Richard.  Your feedback is appreciated 

Galega! Villain or welcome guest?

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 20:46

Well, it seems it stays put .....thanks Dave and Nut 

funny the gc everyone wanted one and here I have had some complimentary remarks today.

Dave, is it the variegated variety your client has Dave?


Yellow leaves on Skimmia

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:32


today was supposed to be the cool day of the week with even drizzle forecast. Instead it has been roasting......getting hotter each day now even in Scotland 

couldnt get to the beach cos had to wait in for a replacement windscreen    (Not even my windscreen 

Galega! Villain or welcome guest?

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:26

Looks good already but Aster Frikartii Monch is now starting to flower to one side, an orange knip on another and Heuchera Black Taffeta on the other.  

Yes,,a sunny border Fairy 

Plant vandalism

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:20

I have a catapault to hand aym.....would use it too for sure 

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