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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.


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 09:53

Morning all.

Another gorgeous day and another spending day. Off to buy some large pots for some needy plants, if they are in stock that is. I don't mind the walk and well, there are plants at the end of it  I'm feeling greedy.


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:57

hmm, just so we are clear OL, remove the husk with your finger and thumb. NO tools required


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:54

OL. you are supposed to let the Rhoddie blooms go over and then remove the husk to encourage healthy bud formation below.

Busy day for me today. I hopped off to one GC this morning but was very unhappy with the standard of plants, half of which were dead, the other half were half dead.

So, OH adviced me to go over the other side of my town and visit the posh GC which I did and there I found a superb choice of delicously health plants all well watered and tended to.

I bought a Clematis Koreana Brunette (nodding purple bells and amazing bronzed foilage), and Clematis cirrhosa Wisley Cream (gorgeous healthy green foilage and greeny white flowers in autumn-winter). Can't wait to see these in action!

I also couldn't resist a Royal purple Smoke bush which I know every gardener should have and I love them so much...I just wasnt sure where to put it until now.

Oh, and a Verbascum Jackie in Pink which will get some rigorous division in spring time

I'm over the moon with my choices and can't wait to see them add to my garden

Oh I love plants so much

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