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Copper tape

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 10:59

I find copper tape works well.  Bear in mind, slugs will enter pots through the bottom or may already be in the compost. If a nearby pot plant has leaves that touch your protected hosta one slugs/snails can bridge across.  Ironically pots can be worse than the open ground. ,slugs like to breed/hide/whatever under pots...turn over your pots and chances are many of them will have little slugs there.

wiping the tape occasionally helps I think....a layer of dust may reduce its effectiveness.

re Google reviews...they're fun aren't they?  I dismiss the extreme views and look at the average.

prob the best solution is to use tape and nematodes.  

So far I manage to grow damage free hostas...I posted a couple last year.......in pots and in the ground.  My regime is checking at night with a torch and salt solution.  Allowing hostas to flower too is a great attraction for slugs I think so the best foliage varieties have their flower stalks removed.  Otherwise at flowering time be more vigilant.

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 08:22

Choisy Sundance Dove!  I love it. Like the coloured foliage spireas but not the plain green forms.  Kerria?  Agree with that.  Not for me.  I have skimmia Kew Green in full flower right now KEF.  Bees love it as I do 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 08:11

Can't have one Hostafan.  I got the last one 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 08:10

Morning Pippin.  Get some goodness in the planting hole.  Keep well watered. Keep weeds away. ,feed well.  A good sunny aspect for best fruit. A framework to mark and support your raspberries. Remember they should be cut down to the ground at planting time and at this time of year anyway

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 08:07

I like some plants.  others no.  Does it make me grumpy to say it? 

I don't like aquilegia....they seed everywhere..  Don't like crocus (foliage anyway) ...they flower so briefly and leave a legacy of weedy foliage.  I have  a nice clump of hosta (patriot) now emerging but crocus foliage is spoiling the scene.  Initially crocus were planted to provide colour to an otherwise bare area until hostas grew but the crocus has taken over. no problem as I am removing most of the crocus.

what do you good folks not like in the  plant world?  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 07:53

It is absolutely beautiful this morning Forkers.  I took Spike early this morning down to the beach....it's warm, calm wind free and quiet.  Feels like a summer morning 

think it was mild last night too.......plants like hostas and veg have noticeably grown overnight.

hostafan, I have a new one this year........is it tropicana Black?  It looks darker than other cannas but I think it's more dwarf 

Crocus bonanza

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 23:50

Hey primrose.  Grumpy?  Me?  Not at all.  Again? 

I have thousands ...it seems like that......of crocus bulb foliage stems now and they look increasingly tatty.  I really think they are over rated so, slightly tongue in cheek,(as is my "style") I have declared my no vote for crocus in this election year.  But, no, I'm not grumpy in the least Primrose   expect a donut in the post now Primrose !

Crocus bonanza

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 22:01

Crocus for me are WEEDS.  Their foliage is a pain.  They flower for such a short time. And they spread too much.  Along with muscari they are the worst of bulbs 

Wallflowers

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 21:58

Wallflowers are perennials...short term...but usually grown as biennials.  However, they will and do flower the following year too.  I have a couple that were ideal where they were so have enjoyed them again.  However, I dont think they are as good.  First year plants grown as specimens in their own right flower profusely.  will try and take a photo or two tomorrow 

How to thicken up a privet hedge...

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 21:53

.....and cut it so that the top is less wide than the bottom. 

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There's orangey........

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Oh no.....not again...

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Oh eck!

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I love the Royals......

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Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Best herbaceous foliage

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Hey! Looking good

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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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