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Hostas/slugs

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:34

BizzieB

Slugs love flowers ESP when they get wet or start to go over.  None of my hostas look  worse for wear yet.  However, come September they are ready to die down.  

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 16:37

Sunny here Smokin 

Hot here Smokin 

Think I'll sunbathe Smokin 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 16:34

Beautiful here.  Pretty hot. Grass cut, hebe salicifolia (alba ?) and euonymous areus (2) trimmed back to topiarised cones....all done in 30 mins.  Not lomg back and I do tend to rush like mad to finish before I start.  

Took my mum to her religious meeting....first time in months....in an effort to help "unconfuse" her.  All her friends there rushed to see her.  Think she enjoyed it all.  Personally I find all the handshakes and overwhelming friendliness well, overwhelming.  They mean well

Now my niece.....cannot say I'm her guardian now she's 20.....needs attention.  She is bright, beautiful, (every lad wants her) qualified as an accountant and heading for the heights yet she has a boyfriend who is an a.....e. (sorry folks ). He has no ambition, no people skills, is riddled with jealousy, constantly,sulks, she bales him out financially (as does his mother) and she sorts out his issues.  She rang to say they have split up.  Great news.  Except he will be back.  ..........phew!  Rant over 

Glad Bob got his rain.  Glad I've got sun 

Hostas/slugs

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:53

I grow several hostas in the ground and in pots.  ,so far they all look good.  Can post pictures.

I do the late night trawl with torch sometimes....well, quite often 

For  pots I use copper tape.  Discreet, hardly noticeable on terracotta and effective.

Bear in mind slugs and snails can still be in compost or soil and actually live within any copper ring or tape.

I deny some hostas from flowering ESP when growing for their foliage and this helps too.  Flowers attract slugs etc and spent flowers even more so.  Spent flowers also disfigure hosta leaves.

Dont give up on hostas Espee.  I reckon this is the year of the slug...that mld wet winter was perfect for slugs and snails and their breeding and survival.

 

Brambles, Ivy and Nettles

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:19

Momtbritia

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:17

Think you're right fairy     I guess it's happy everywhere 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:14

Sounds excellent Stscey.  Pennisetum villosum ...may be your very "fluffy" sort ..flowers soon and for ages then.  Love this one 

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:10

Hello Winniecat, another from Cornwall. I think the guys in England doubt we get so much sun and little rain 

Momtbritia

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:06

Don't think so Julie ......

Is it montbretia, the orange sort, or did you buy it as crocosmia?  Has it ever flowered?  If so what colour?

It will prob flower soon

It all grows everywhere but waterlogged sites.  

 

Heuchera - What variety is it and advice on looking after it

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:00

Morning rosiecupcakes.....love that name 

Heucheras will be fine in the shade of trees and shrubs.  The yellow varieties especially,

I know many grow Heucheras all together but I,think it creates monotony.  Also encourages vine weevils....they will have a field day there.  For me Heucheras mixed with other (different shaped) perennials (grasses too)  look so much better.

Re your raised bed.......if you have heavy soil then go for it but if you have reasonable drainage don't bother. Raised beds bring their own problems.........over fast drainage and pests like ants,  wood lice and slugs.  Better to concentrate on improving your soil 

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