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garden pest attacking my baby plants

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 23:53

I have just been out with torch amd saline,solution picking up slugs amd snails.  I find doing this is effective. The slug, etc population is greatly reduced....at least the damage is.  Currently I grow several hostas.....all are clean, as they are most years, and it's because of 3 things.  The night patrol, the birds (I have plenty) and frogs from the pool. Oh, 4 things!  I use pellets albeit very, very sparingly in early spring.  

Planting

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 22:05

Tads, first and foremost soil must be acid.  Do a PH test if unsure.

Grow in a pot if alkaline but plants are better in the ground.  Choose a dwarf variety if growing in a pot.  The yakushimanum varieties are excellent

I grow azaleas and rhododendrons in pots and they vary from open sunny positions to partial shade.  Dappled shade is ideal.

Depends too on variety.....are you planning a dwarf variety or large variety?

They are tough and hardy and will cope with winter.  Some are evergreen others are not and there are loads of varieties and colours, flower size, leaf size, even colour.  

Re acid soil, you cannot simply add acid/ericaceous soil to an alkaline one and think it becomes suitable for rhododendrons because it won't be.  

When to plant out dahlias

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 12:46

Red, it's very warm....hot here now....but it's the possible cold nights that may be problem so check out the forecast for next week or so.

However,,they need to be hardened off Red. They should have been standing outside now during the day.  If you think it might get cold overnight cover with fleece.  Straight from greenhouse into the ground will be a shock to any plant so acclimatisation is the key.

(boastful me?    Down here dahlias survive all year round outside but I still overwinter most of them.)

Talkback: How to prune and propagate dogwoods

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:27

Morning Louise.

How big is it?  If not too big I would move and prune it now.  Often too, dogwoods produce a "suckered" plant that can be severed and planted separately.

So, if you think you can dig up your dogwood intact with good rootball, prepare recipient hole first and incorporate compost when replanting. Prune the stems hard back and water well.  Water again later.  

If its a large dogwood it's best to wait until the autumn ........same procedure though.Good luck 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:19

......and show some pics please 

Help

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:17

Could we have a longer picture John? 

I think Fairy's suggestion makes sense down there. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:12

What a beautiful morning.  Another  scorcher today.

Overnight flower buds have appeared on so many plants.....life in the plant world is rapid right now.  

Veg patch is full now.....food! 

Latish,last evening I tidied and planted top bed.....very dry up there so agastaches, echinaceas, pinks, geraniums, Helianthemums, and some shrubs grow there.  But, delphiniums and lupins, starting to flower, do well there as does an old deep rooted dahlia later.  Easy border.

At last, a scabious causcasica Alba in a pot has been struggling for few weeks now.  Daily inspection revealed a small slug earlier but yesterday I tipped plant out of its pot to expose another small slug.  Prob would have been better planted out earlier but the "perfect" spot not yet decided on.  

Enjoy the fantastic weather folks 

 

Blueberries

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:48

Lorraine, prob a bit too soon to fruit yet anyway but 2 or 3 varieties are needed. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:46

Indeed I would love to go to Bressingham Dove.  Love their .....Adrian Bloom's.....style of planting 

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:39

Hiya Geraldine, 

Should be just fine.  You don't actually need acid soil (ericaceous) but I think it's best. In another pot?  Or transplant to the open ground?  

Main requirements are sheter from cold winds, frosutherland hottest of the summer sun and reasonable moisture in the soil.

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