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Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 18:26

Greenlove. Bowden hostas was the company I considered,buying from before.  Bali Hai nursery is another. I think Bowden sounds best option. 

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 18:12

I do know of some.  I'll check them out.  No, the forum is fine about posting such names and info.  Earlier in the year I did check out some varieties but didn't buy any then so  it shouldn't take me long to source them again.

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 18:04

Yippee!

perparing for next year

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:32

Emma......you missed my mood.  

Autumn IS a season of decay.....plain and simple.  Many overhype the dying process and see things  ( the king's clothes) that just arent there.  There are exceptions....autumn colours on many shrubs and trees do offer magnificent colours.  And what a scene when  on a large scale.   I embrace the circle of life preferrIng though the birth rather than the death of plants. 

I plan now for next spring.  Now, that is exciting. If I could produce a smiley on my iPad I would put a hugely grinning one reflecting my joy for that prospect

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:21

Wise words woody.  That's why we missed your input recently!   ( can you send me the money now please?)

I do go for many of the new plants but have learned over past couple of years that many of them need to develop strong root systems first.  To enable this I pot on and remove flower stems.  Seems to work on most

No GW tonight so watch this

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:16

Athletics...yippee...and football. Hmm!.....that's why no gardeners world tonight Heather. But I saw beechgrove last night.....a nice, friendly easy on the eye prog from Scotland.

A few of my dahlias thhis year

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:14

Hiya Sford.

My twynings after eight is white flower on black foliage.  Think of the choc....black and white!

Clueless, Single dahlias are simple flat open flowers...uncomplicated and better for bees, etc. as they are more "open" for pollination.  One of the best, for me, is Honka ( the original yellow one).  I grow doubles too but many of them get top heavy ESP in the rain.  Many doubles, for me, are too brash. Check out the catalogues for pics of single and double dahlias....the difference is then quite clear.  And remember some dahlias are tall others are short.  Great variations too in flower shape....Pom Pom, cactus, etc.

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:00

I split hostas most years.  I pot up into 1 to 3 litre pots and leave outside.  I find them to be very quick growers.....of course, if you have a miniature variety the growth rate would be slow.

At this time of year a 1 litre pot size is absolutely fine.  Smaller to keep and will be itching to grow fast in the spring.   (will soon be as big as those you may have purchased in bigger pots). My method is to pot on in spring and even once more to produce large plants for the garden.

So, I would buy hostas as small plants now or as dormant ones in winter ....you can afford to buy few more varieties..and keep in pots until spring.  There are some excellent hosta suppliers online with fantastic new varieties.  That's the way I would.....and do....go greenlove

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 12:04

Over the years I have come to the conclusion that most perennials.....not shrubs because these are best planted in autumn......grow better and make bigger plants if kept in pots over winter.  Then you have large subjects to make an impact in the spring.  The exception would be perennials of good size and in good flower, viz., heleniums right now, which will prefer EARLY autumn or late summer plantIng and will make a good show now

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 09:12

Stacey, I have heard of these newer wild swan varieties.  I have considered buying them.  They prob will have same issues though.  We need to learn how to grow these plants before we actually buy them

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