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Garden centre

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 20:06
I have been invited several times to work in local gc. Tempting but.....I'm always haggling there,,often returning faulty plants and like being a customer.
But Dave, you will love it and be alert to the plants heading to the clearance bay before the rest of us know about them

Hosts question

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 20:02
Ahem! A hosta nursery hostafan!

Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 20:00
Oops! That should be margaret wilson....sorry Marge!

Ideas for shrubs for a dry shady spot please

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:59
Poddington, first thing that comes to mind is sarcoccoca.....lovely scent in late winter and evergreen
Brunneras...I grow Hadspen Cream in shade. Lovely forget me knot flowers and nice foliage
Tiarellas too should grow well there....lovely frothy flowers, nice foliage and repeat flowers.
Liriope....there is a nice white variety (blondy rings a bell)....has blue flowers in autumn and evergreen foliage.
I think yellow heucheras too will do well
Acers? Can you dig in some compost to help hold moisture? ,
Many hostas and ice is a beauty but hates the sun.
A yellow grass,,bowles golden grass is worth comsidering as are other grasses like deschampsia, carex and uncinia uncinia rubra.
The new disease resistant impatiens...sunpatiens...will add lots of colour throughout summer. White esp in shade is lovely
White arum lilies too
Geranium phaem varieties like marjorie wilson (white grey foliage and purple flowers)
I'm sure others will add plenty more......there are loads


Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:43
That's a shame Lyn. Can't you fence off an area for veg?

Hosts question

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:40
Hostafan....HE.....will know.
For me remove flower stems asap soon as flowers start to deteriorate. Good clean foliage is the casualty of allowing flowers to form. I allow just a few hostas to flower but mostly I dont allow them to flower.
If you want hosta foliage to look good for as long as possible dont allow flowers

Pittosporum: When to prune?

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:32
Stephen, I grow several pittosporums.
Cut them at any time between spring and late summer, say late August. They respond well to pruning
Cutting back by a third is fine

Ulrasonic pest scarer

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:25
Evening Lyn
A friend of mine has a couple of these. She has almost 6 acres and rabbits are a huge pest there.
Rabbit damage and droppings almost up to the sensor.
Nope! Doesn't work.
Despite this my friend wants more...she has aspergers so nothing I say can dissuade her.
You will be wasting your money no matter what the hype is about these sensors


Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:16
Maybe it's a sensible thing to take heed of the doc Hosta!
Been lovely day today esp from late morning.
Dead headed,,cut back, and cut grass. Picked runner beans and shop bought can compare

Garden centre

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:12
Rinus, what did you get?
Disagree there Lyn.............buying the right plant, the perfect established garden ready specimen is just as good as growing your own
My garden is full of plants derived from cuttings, bits given me and divisions as well as bought varieties.

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