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Talkback: Hostas, slugs and snails

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 13:00

hiya bookertoo.

i use copper tape around pots too and put copper pipe around a friends old fashioned violet and all effective.

what are your favourite hostas?

and growing?  plenty of moisture?  feed?  shade or sun?  i recently decided to top dress with a mixture of dried manaure and compost at this time of the year...good practice?

i also find they grow well equally in the sun with the exception of a variety called fire and Ice which likes shade



Posted: 06/06/2013 at 12:53

must admit to liking orange in the garden but not too many that orange geum, echinaceas, dahlia, and hoping my new heleniums will throw up a satisfying orange. 

orange anyone?


Posted: 06/06/2013 at 08:22

love foliage colours of yellows and purples.  they need to be well apart to create impact, etc., but purple/red/brown foliage gives a rich tone to the garden.  yes, green is essential too and plenty of it

Talkback: Hostas, slugs and snails

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 08:19

so far...touch wood...most of my hostas are untouched and the rest only slightly nibbled.

in pots i often find a lone slug at the base.  whenever i see a "nibble" the first thing is to check under the pot and, hey, there the little blighter is.

however, i think hostas are less attacked in the open ground.

rosemary i am interested in toasted snail shell..havent tried that yet.  sounds delicious.  butter? marmalade?

i think the best solution to slugs etc is the personal nightly visit with torch and salt solution unintended trial

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 08:13

interesting woody

here its mild and several dahlias remain in the ground.  however i dig up many..pot up or even leave the clumps in the greenhouse.  i find those dahlias in pots are ahead of those in the ground at this time of the year but soon catch up and outgrow those dug up.

i find these trials very informative and i agree with woody about using common sense and trusting your own efforts.  the experts dont always know best i find.


Posted: 06/06/2013 at 08:02

morning folks

hiya pottie, havent been to royal cornwall show for years...have fun.  weather will be hot n sunny all through to weekend

bit breezy down here but warm ..just lovely

got to be a chauffeur again so no garden work for much of the day. friend gave me some stock plants that i will grow on for scent over winter and spring.  will give her a plant in return. i think thats always in her mind when she gives me plants...she gets something even better!  suspicious me

enjoy your days folks


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 20:09

hope she is ok.

wilting plants in the sun

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 19:48

jess, have they recently been planted?  newly planted things need tender care for their first season 


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 19:46

oh dear! does your wand really have powers Fairygirl?  I am sorry for all the wicked things and asspurs, asper, aspershuns, asp...all those doubts I have expressed about you.  I think someone has used my name to make those remarks.  prob Tina but that's just between us of course.


Planting out Salvias

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 19:41

those blues are worth growing but tender so need overwintering next year in greenhouse

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