Verdun


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Container Hosta Mulching

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:59

Oooooo,,disagreeing here and wifh the expert!  

I mulch with a mixture of compost, pelleted chicken manure and fish blood and bone.  

Jennie, not convinced about gravel deterring slugs etc.  On my gravel path I see them.  And sand, another thing they don't like?  I live near the towans approaching the beach and they crawl over sand so ????

Hellebores

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:51

Runny,,it is prob drooping because it is hungry even thirsty.  It wont droop in the ground.

it will never be great in a pot.....it's a plant with roots that go deep and a hunger that a pot cannot satisfy.  (Oops!  Sounds like a triffid )

if you have to keep it in a pot at least a mulch including fish blood and bone will help 

Choysia tenata

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:47

Ann, which variety do you have?  Check the label....it might be one called Sundance

otherwise, how big a plant is it?  Newly planted ? Is soil heavy and wet? 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:44

Written those down and will google them later hosta...had already checked out majesty and like it a lot.  

asked before, I know, but why not start a hosta nursery?  You divide them anyway?

Runny, I know what you mean about wyevale prices for shears.  I took a friend down there few weeks back and was astonished at their prices.  They may be "upmarket" but not orth it.  Got Lidls own for a fraction of the price incl 3 year warranty .

picked my first lettuce today...delicious 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:43

Written those down and will google them later hosta...had already checked out majesty and like it a lot.  

asked before, I know, but why not start a hosta nursery?  You divide them anyway?

Runny, I know what you mean about wyevale prices for shears.  I took a friend down there few weeks back and was astonished at their prices.  They may be "upmarket" but not orth it.  Got Lidls own for a fraction of the price incl 3 year warranty .

Sweat peas dying

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:16

Think you have already sussed it Jerrybone.  They are drowning ...the colder nights recently have made that wet (already cold) soil even colder. 

Hellebores

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:13

Fair point Topbird......agree with Lou.  That will look sensational . Prob a third of your number of hellebores but I think people forget how good they are as foliage plants in the summer

I don't mind spending money on something I really want.....missed my opportunity to get a double black last year but I will go for it later this year and it will cost me.  Next to  a double white ....how will that look in late winter?  

yes, I split hellebores too so I don't know who decided you cannot.  Prob same people who say you can't divide peonies 

 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:07

Heck!     Sunny again here   Cold wind but sheltered in the garden.  And dry.  

Feel so sorry for you folks in the rain, sleet and snow.   If I could swap I.............

 

 

would not 

How long till I get my lavender hedge?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:04

Redwing, it's the unique properties lavendar....any plant...takes from the soil that is denied to the next planting of lavendar.  Not just about replacing nutrients I think.

replacing st least some of the soil is essential if anyone intends to replant again with lavendar.

however, Redwing, I too am a great believer in mulching but it varies from plant to plant.  My aeoniums, for example, are mulched with mpc ....I know it has a few weeks' supply of fertiliser but it soon dissipates....or garden compost.  Hostas have compost mixed with dried manure and fish blood and bone.  Mulching to keep weeds down as well as feeding. 

My replacement lavendar hedge is growing very fast and I expect it to flower well this year from planting last autumn.  Not one to photograph my own garden too much but I will post a picture in the summer....(if it flowers )

Hellebores

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:33

Forget Hayloft aym.  ashwoods are THE guys to buy from.    Resist collections...choose exactly what you want 

You may well get flowers sooner than 3 years but remove them.  hellebores will be all the better for it subsequently.

those leaves are good.  Bigger the better to feed those enormous roots.....have you ever lifted hellebores from the ground?  Big, big root system 

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