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Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:40


Remove those dead leaves and lightly tug the plant.  I suspect vine weevils are present.  If the plant lifts away easily clean it up, excavate the soil and remove the grubs.  Hopefully your primula will recover if done now

Osmanthus burkwoodii

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 12:53

Maybe possum thinks being in pots they add immediate extra height but if they were planted in the ground they would soon catch up. 

Agree with dove....plant in the ground if you can


Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:31

Thanks Dove. Hey!  I think you may well be right. That has occurred to me before but I dismissed it. I am a sillee billee   Blue angel?  Nice?  and you had a new green one  last year too, didn't you?  Happy with that?


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:25

Oh yes Fairygirl.   Agree about those native primroses.  They grow wild on the Towans behind me......never picked by me......making great carpets in the shadier hollows and banks.  Far more subtle 

Where will I put them all?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:20

Bed, if you like geums check out Totally Tangerine.  The best by far.  Flowerimg for me right now.  Flowers all,summer on long dainty stems.

Ruby....sensible girl.    Quality every time.   Over recent years I've bought quality plants only.  I have never regretted it.  And many have been propagated to make excellent contributions to the garden.

Mmany new varieties are so much better than the older ones....flower colour, stature and quality just oozes from them.  They are really no more expensive either if you search them out.  astrantias, hellebores, echinaceas, heleniums, salvias, etc etc etc



Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:06

Sorry Artjak....happy birthday.  Hope your day went beautifully 

It is now quite a lovely day here now.     Blue sky, no wind, dry......yes, dry.......and almost warm.  I will send it eastwards and northwards 

Got loads of bulbs in pots growing away now for those gaps later....lilies, daffs, tulips and allium purple sensation.  Just popped in last of polyanthus.  I think spring will be early this year so I'm ready 

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 10:58

Hoya hostafan

I guess you are the main man

I have been searching for best blue hosta for some time.  I have 2 blue including halcyon.  Both tend to become greeny blue as summer progresses.  I have looked at Bowdens.  

 which  is best blue and best yellow?  

My feeling is colour is better with added dried manure.......?

Charlie, I think astilbes between hostas adds variety and interest.  As Nut said you can move these as and when you like.  I like astrantias too near hostas and these will provide further interest.....check out a variety called Jumble Hole.  It is a gem.  Grasses like hackonechloa, Imperata red baron, black ophiopogon and carex testacea add great contrast and movement




Posted: 02/02/2014 at 09:21

Hip hip hip hooray 

Osmanthus burkwoodii

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 08:58

Hiya possum

I think they are just reacting to being indoors.  They are hardy plants and much better for being outside. why did you bring them indoors?

I would put them outside now.....if its not too cold where you are.....but cover with fleece to acclimatise them to being outside again.  You could leave for a month or so but I,would do it now.

They will be fine possum 

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 08:49

Maybe I will change my mind about growing hostas together so will look forward to those pictures.  Always ready to learn and try different ways.  


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