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Hostas

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:46

Oh, what sort of virus Hostafan?   Was going to get another gold standard this morn but I won't now.  Does virus seem to spread to other hostas?  Perhaps a limit on hosta numbers is advisable? 

(I am aware that if too many plants of one type are grown pests and diseases are worse.  I have had more helleborus black spot over past 2 years ......always disease free a few years back......for example so will hold back on adding any more)

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:37

Fantastic blue there KEF.  Love that 

Busy Lizzies

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:35

Agree with info about busy lizzies. I grow just a few new guinea hybrids........take cuttings every year.  They seem slower to flower than the old busy lizzies, slower to grow too, until mid summer.  Then they grow fast.  Plus many have attractive foliage

South facing garden "which plant/s"?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:29

It's difficult for me to imagine exactly your layout there.  A picture would help.

A small tree I grow is prunus cistena crimson dwarf.  Hardly a tree .....i grow as a grafted half stamdard and as a small shrub on its own roots.....really but nice impact and beautiful.  Purple red foliage all summer long and pinky white flowers in spring that create a lovely affect.  Similarly, salix flamingo as a half standard is a small impact feature plant.  

Hostas

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:15

Added to my own hosta collection.........albeit a limited one.....by buying gold standard yesterday.  Anyone growimg this?  Apparently it prefers sun 

South facing garden "which plant/s"?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:12

Well, a good compromise suggestion then.......my own superior one of Phormium and Fairy's lesser one of a pot.  A Phormium in a pot !   seasonal planting does appeal though there as you can ring the changes 

HELP

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:08

Morning Andrew......welcome.  Nice to see you here 

Not the wisest one here for wildlife but skimmias spring to mind. Evergreen and swarm with bees and butterflies ....and scent...  

However, to the list already mentioned I would add astilbes, bergenias, acteas (for their wonderful dark foliage), brunneras, ferns, violas, hostas and Heucheras.  

 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:55

Like your roscoea Fidget.  That's nice 

I guess a word about Acer Flamingo as a star in the garden is warranted.  Right now, at a distance, it looks like a large bush of pink flowers.  It will be eye catching all summer as it grows a lot more yet.  Has to be the most colourful foliage plant.  A purple canna growing next to it adds contrast 

Sad day, got brighter

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:52

Morning Mike

Glad the day got brighter for you.

Ive only experienced what you're going through via a young sister.......a huge, lomg roller coaster ride of emotions.  

Have happy day today Mike 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 07:47

Torrential rain.  Everything washed away.  So much for sunny dry weather.....ah well!

Ha ha, no.  Had some rain overnight but it's sunny right now but feeling less humid 

My new hosta is standing outside kitchen window looking wonderful. Touch wood, all hostas. (except for one in front garden partly overgrown by a geranium but even this one is mainly ok) are looking good and undamaged by slugs or snails.  

Spoke too soon....just put clothes on the line and it's raining   And it's pretty heavy....teach me to joke about the weather.  However, rain is needed so I'm happy with that 

Taking my mum to day care centre later.......I always get a free cuppa and choccie biscuit. 

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