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Can you be brutal with a hosta?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 16:19

Hostas are pretty tough.   DIg and divide them even in mid summer (I found that they formed better foliage for longer albeit at the expense of flowers).  

I have a couple of new varieties and with these I will feel my way for this year.

However, slugs and snails !   I manage to grow pretty good hostas with hardly a blemish both in the border and in pots.  In pots I apply copper tape to the rims and it's very effective.  Especially with terracotta pots the tape is hardly seen.  In the ground I visit my hostas with a torch amd saline solution and pick off any snails, etc I see.  

Until they flower hostas seem to remain pristine. After flowering the snails, slugs visit.  I also think hosta foliage deteriorates if they are allowed to flower so I allow some to flower and others not. 

Hosta foliage is now looking good but approaches its best in 3 weeks or so and what better in the  garden?


Conifers Gone - Replace with What?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 11:42

How about climbers?  Honeysuckle, jasmine, solanum, clematis, pyracantha, etc.

Whatever you plant, try to get some compost in much as possible really.

Climbers can be planted 8 to 10 feet apart so you needn't spend a fortune.  Put a few galvanised wires up....can you attach to the fence?

A clematis Montana planted now will fill a 8' space in 2 years as will honeysuckle.

Is it sunny there?  Buddleias will quickly grow.  How about different shrubs?  Weigela, forsythia, berberis Darwinii, philadelphus, etc etc    

Could look really nice down there Magic Cottage 

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:38

Look, it's all about trying things.  Grasses really can be good value. If you bought say 5 plants of Tennuissima you can divide them by pulling...carefully...apart to make maybe15 or 20plants.  Right now they will grow fast and once you have them you can pot up seedlings or divide again .  

Thing is just to enjoy a gradual development of your garden MrsGarden.  

runner beans

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:30

Oops!  Didn't notice the tops as welshonion did.  

Canes do need to be wider at the bottom and tied in at the top.  If your beans grow well there will be a lot of weight on those supports.  Also to put in a cane at the ends of,the rows forming a triangle here to stop rocking.  

Where NOT to order from online

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:26

No longer do these newspaper garden offers.  Always had poor response.  

Online suppliers.....the good ones.....have upped their game over recent two or three years.  Excellent plants, perfectly packed and delivered a day or two after ordering in many cases.  And the choice and variety is amazing.  

Just waiting.......

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:20

I'm waiting to see my new agastaches and heleniums flower.  Also for wallflowers and stocks ...which have been go over and get all my summer perennials back in.  

I guess though I'm not really waiting.  This is a fast time of year so it's really trying to keep up 


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:12

God morning everyone

Overcast but warm ...had some rain overnight but think it will be dry now, even sunny. The rain certainly freshens the garden and pushes growth.  Oops! Raining now....

Lunch today for me too.  Meeting my niece ...always nice. 

Peas need supports put in, carrots need thinning as do Beetroot.  Prob a weekend job but sooner its done the better.  Not my fav garden task.  

Blueberries looking good, gooseberries looking sparse, peaches forming but touch leaf curl, apples and pears forming. Summer is almost here.  


runner beans

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:04

Hiya shelley

Have they been eaten.?  Cant see any.

Have you sown seeds there?  

Frame looks good.

Have ??ou put any compost in the soil?

I would sow seeds indoors in a tray or two with about 18 seeds in each and covered with 2 cm of compost.  When germinated harden them off by taking them outside during the day and bringing them indoors at night for week or so.  Dig compost or chicken pellets Imto the soil and add an organic fertiliser like blood fish and bone.  Plant out your bean plants when 10 to 15 cm tall. Water well and keep some fleece handy in case of any frosts.  Using plastic ties loosely support to canes as they climb. An occasional seaweed tonic helps too.  Enjoy your runner beans 

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 23:48

Feathery?  How about artemisia Powys castle?  Lovely silvery soft foliage. Perfect comfrast to grasses.  And lavendars, the ultimate in tactility plus scent and colour and, again, work well with grasses.  And santolinas .  Grey aromatic evergreen mounds

However, perhaps too many ideas are dissuading you from what you really want, viz., a billowing "wavy", swaying, tactile, feathery edge to your pathway.  Stipa Tennuissima would give you what you want and look good.  Sometimes I have too many ideas ....perhaps over complicated ones.......when the simple ones may be best.    If you want a grass pathway go for it. 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:50

A square of chocolate Dove?  Just gobbled a packet of chocolate raisIns.  Intended to share but, well, they were so tasty.  

Discussions started by Verdun

Clocks go forward tonight

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Impressions of the posters here

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hardy geraniums pictures

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Blue foliage

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