London (change)
Today 10°C / 1°C
Tomorrow 4°C / 1°C


Latest posts by Wintersong

trouble with acanthus

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 17:32

This is one of three Acanthus Mollis I grow. Firstly, its huge and I only fed it once in its lifetime last year, because it was looking less than vigorous. The leaves were yellowing and it was reluctant to flower. Saying that, it is over 15yrs old and I can't remmeber a single year it hasn't flowered. I never planted in any kind of special soil since back in those days, everything went into my sandy builder's rubble soil whether they liked it or not.

Secondly, It's at the front corner of my first border near the house. I have never regretted planting it there although this year, its over extended itself and will get a bit of a prune at some point. It's architectually splendid with so much to offer the eye and to be honest, the only problem it has is midday sun. They tend to sink a bit in terrific heat but perk up again by late afternoon.Perhaps, yours is in too much shade? It's got to be a reasonable amount of sun I've read.

Thirdly, be warned! These things are invasive if you are not a clean freak like me. The massive flower spires will drop large seeds close to the plant that form baby plants and is hard to dig our since each tiny bit of root will form an entiirely new plant! Cut off any flower spikes in the autumn, or be diligent at the plant base come early spring. I failed to do the hoovering properly this spring and my plant grew wider as a result.

I think these add majesty to the garden, but each to their own


Posted: 15/06/2014 at 04:31

Weren't you all up naughty late?

Have a lovely holiday BL. No chance of that for me, another day at the bakery. Off I go

Whats wrong with my hosta?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 15:46

I'll bear that in mind

Whats wrong with my hosta?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 15:29

Thanks for your responses and sound advice.

I do mulch every spring and the tree hasn't caused problems before but you may be right Dove, since the Acer has really grown this year, and thickend out, reducing the water content in the soil even further.

I will also feed it since i think I missed the blood fish and bone earlier in the year.

I feel like making more of these for a larger spread so perhaps I will divide in July/August ? I read this was the correct time to do it, and replant new pieces in well rotted compost. I save my best stuff for the roses, hostas and Clematis and I just emptied a whole compost bin into a spare 70litre bag 

Whats wrong with my hosta?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 04:41

My Blue Angel last year in July, looking splendid...

 and this year it is half the size!

What's going on? I haven't had it out the ground and we've had plenty of rainfall this year. Nothing has changed about its situation except its leaves are half the size. Amount of leaves is on par.

Any ideas?


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 04:25

Morning all.

Off to do my stupid o'clock shift today and tomorrow. Not much time for the garden, but I hope you guys get more

Cold Frames

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 18:22

I've got peppers in my cold frame since I haven't got a greenhouse yet.

I will go for the onion drying tip but be warned to tend your seedlings well. I've over watered and under watered this year to leave me gaps and failed germinations.

Basil. Basil! Basil It's an impossible task for me I think


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 18:17

Lol Dove. I'll nab a  along with me hug since smiles are always welcome


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 14:40

hah. Thats amusing and thank you all for the support and good advice


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 11:38

Right! Time for a rant.

I am fuming after visiting my local B&Q store to look for some fiberglass square planters. They have some lovely designs on the website or teracotta ones, I like those too, but do they have any stock on the shelves? No!

I am just about fed up with this as its not the first time I have experienced a lack of stock or other problems.

For starters, their plant labels are so vague about the hardiness of plants that even an experienced gardener like myself is fooled into thinking that the shrub I know is acid loving or tender has suddenly been genetically improved, so I trust and I buy and the things dies on me in sub zero temperatures. 

I bought a sun parasol this year that didnt have all the parts when I assembled it at home. and I have no car, so its another long walk in the heat.

I bought a paint spray which didnt have the spray part when I took the lid off at home and a weed killer with a missing hose. How is a ditzy customer like me supposed to know it should have a hose attached?

I wanted a new soil testing kit but there are none in stock. I bought a new light with a fan for the bedroom and it came without proper instructions. Honestly!

I am boycotting B&Q from now on, prefering to walk further and support local companies instead. I've had enough of their shoddy supplies and they've had far too much of my hard earned money.

End of rant.

Discussions started by Wintersong

Whats wrong with my hosta?

It's half the size of last year 
Replies: 5    Views: 349
Last Post: 14/06/2014 at 15:46

Before and After

Replies: 31    Views: 1562
Last Post: 01/06/2013 at 12:23

June in Your Garden!

Replies: 246    Views: 14854
Last Post: 22/06/2014 at 13:27


Replies: 36    Views: 2177
Last Post: 31/05/2012 at 21:22

Chelsea Chop

Replies: 5    Views: 1747
Last Post: 20/05/2012 at 19:01

What's it like in your garden?

Replies: 6    Views: 710
Last Post: 05/05/2012 at 23:16

Ooh ooh so excited!

New border 
Replies: 11    Views: 790
Last Post: 25/04/2012 at 20:35

Talkback: Informal planting

Andy said "Basically, it’s like a collage of pictures stuck on a bit of paper, except I do it in Powerpoint on a computer." It's an incredi... 
Replies: 2    Views: 505
Last Post: 23/04/2012 at 18:24

Why Miss Bateman?

Replies: 18    Views: 2511
Last Post: 17/05/2012 at 19:08

Phormium newbie

Replies: 2    Views: 1254
Last Post: 15/04/2012 at 09:45
10 threads returned