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Hostas/slugs

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:01

part of my pot display...begonia firecracker alongside

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Hostas/slugs

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 18:59

hosta with imperata

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red baron

Hostas/slugs

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 18:58

couple of my hostas.  this is fire and ice

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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:54

Wot?  In my garden beaus mum?  Well leave my tomatoes alone 

hebe and dwarf conifer stump

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:49

Best dig out both conifer and hebe.  Prob easier than you think.  My method with conifers  is to leave a 5' trunk....as a lever......dig a trench around the rootball, sever every root seen with saw or secateurs dig under the rootball as far as possible and  start rocking.  Some cursing,,some fist clenching but when it starts to move you got it. Usually they are not deep rooting but do have a hefty woody root system.  Have moved some absolute whoppers 

The hebe has lomg roots but it will come too.

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:38

Hee hee hee 

Hostas/slugs

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:34

BizzieB

Slugs love flowers ESP when they get wet or start to go over.  None of my hostas look  worse for wear yet.  However, come September they are ready to die down.  

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 16:37

Sunny here Smokin 

Hot here Smokin 

Think I'll sunbathe Smokin 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 16:34

Beautiful here.  Pretty hot. Grass cut, hebe salicifolia (alba ?) and euonymous areus (2) trimmed back to topiarised cones....all done in 30 mins.  Not lomg back and I do tend to rush like mad to finish before I start.  

Took my mum to her religious meeting....first time in months....in an effort to help "unconfuse" her.  All her friends there rushed to see her.  Think she enjoyed it all.  Personally I find all the handshakes and overwhelming friendliness well, overwhelming.  They mean well

Now my niece.....cannot say I'm her guardian now she's 20.....needs attention.  She is bright, beautiful, (every lad wants her) qualified as an accountant and heading for the heights yet she has a boyfriend who is an a.....e. (sorry folks ). He has no ambition, no people skills, is riddled with jealousy, constantly,sulks, she bales him out financially (as does his mother) and she sorts out his issues.  She rang to say they have split up.  Great news.  Except he will be back.  ..........phew!  Rant over 

Glad Bob got his rain.  Glad I've got sun 

Hostas/slugs

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:53

I grow several hostas in the ground and in pots.  ,so far they all look good.  Can post pictures.

I do the late night trawl with torch sometimes....well, quite often 

For  pots I use copper tape.  Discreet, hardly noticeable on terracotta and effective.

Bear in mind slugs and snails can still be in compost or soil and actually live within any copper ring or tape.

I deny some hostas from flowering ESP when growing for their foliage and this helps too.  Flowers attract slugs etc and spent flowers even more so.  Spent flowers also disfigure hosta leaves.

Dont give up on hostas Espee.  I reckon this is the year of the slug...that mld wet winter was perfect for slugs and snails and their breeding and survival.

 

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