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Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:27

One for Hostafan

i grow several hostas and they all grow vigorously except for Fire Island.  Bought as a single root 18 months ago, approx.  didn't make any real growth last year and it looks to be sending up just a couple of shoots.  I know its early to judge but my feeling is that it is a little on the weak side(?). Do you grow this variety Hostafan?

Blueberry advice please

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:22

Yes very acid soil Joyce.  Did you test ph level?  Don't like flowers of sulphur on edible crops either....any views on that Bob?

Mine are in pots buried in the ground

I would prune out those "spindly" stems too and anything that looks dead or dyIng to encourage strong shoots

Daphne Odora Aureomarginata leaf drop

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:14

Is it in a cold windy spot Clare?  So,,it's flowering then?  Is it in the ground or in a pot?

its still quite early for new leaves to form so I wouldn't be concerned right now

Low maintenance plants needed

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:11

Sounds good to me Duvaljones 

I would add a bag or two of dried farmyard manure too and a handful of granular fertiliser for each plant when planting. 


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 16:46

Hostsafan, those intruders were prob not Cornish.    We Cornish know our place! 

Despite my boasts about the weather I got caught in a couple of showers.    At least my planting has been watered in.

now, I want to move one of my camellias.....but to where?  


Dwarf buddleia

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:24

I ordered my Ivory from jacksons nurseries.  Just ordered Buzz Magenta from them.  Order should arrive in a couple of days Hopeless Gardener

How to prune a fir tree

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:07

Take it back to green shoots.  You should be fine then.  However taking a third of more is risky.  Laylandii will continue to grow ...and you will need to trim it annually to keep it in check.  


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:01

Sorry to hear you guys are experiencing such bad weather.  Really.  I feel a little guilty that it's quite nice here.  No sun but warm.  Dry.  A little windy but it's a warm one. 

Transplanted a few things and I notice a dicentra I recently dug up by mistake and cruelly put my spade through the middle of, is now shooting.  I potted up pieces and all seem to be growing

got another Buddleia Buzz and a couple of herbaceous perennials coming this week.....prob Tuesday......but not totally sure of their spots yet.  

Best Grasses for screening?

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 14:53

Miscanthus like morning light and calamagrostis Karl foerster are tall grasses that will work well with rudbeckias.  However, miscanthus is much taller than any variety of rudbeckia.

Shorter grasses like  deschampsia will match the height of most rudbeckias......and they enjoy the same conditions, viz., slightly damper soil.

stipas are not really for screening......STIPA gigantea is tall but rather see through 

Blueberry advice please

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:32

Trehanes/Dorset blueberry company (same company) will be best supplier and advisor re blueberries 

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