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Latest posts by Wintersong

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 19:00

Summer's day in Kent.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 14:53

Oops, strawberries have been eaten already with lashings of special cream, whip 1 carton of double cream with two desert spoons of golden syrup.

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 22:29

Hostas can grow perfectly well in both sun and shade, although they need more moisture in sun. They make two kinds of leaf depending upon their situation, so if you move a hosta from shade into sun, the leaf-buds it made the previous year will be for shade, not sun and may result in leaf burn. It also depends on the species, but generally speaking, hostas with blue leaves dislike too much sunlight or just lose their colour and turn green in sun.

As already stated, hostas are principally grown for foliage, and some people cut off the flower spikes since some varieties will pretty much die back once flowered. (these tend to be the big ones) whilst other varieties will have a second growth spurt after flowering and make a new flush of leaves. (these tend to be the fast growing ones) although there are exceptions to these rules.

Flowers or not, sun or shade, they are worth growing however you like  enjoy!

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:21

I think ferns are an awesome suggestion made by yourself. You can get incredible specimens or make up a collection with some trailing maiden's hair?

drunk squirrels?

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:18

Could be foxes?. They can climb over six foot fencing even if they can't dig through chuck wire.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:17

@gardeningfantic, lovely photos, thanks for sharing! The patio looks really beautiful, I love that its so secluded. Pass me the Pimms!

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:12

Aaaaah guys. Take it as incentive! I'm willing yours will be just as ripe and delicious as mine  I want photos to make me drool!

I only bought a pack of 6 plants this year from Wilkinsons and wanted to cut the flowers off but my hubby gave me the sad face so I left them, not bothering to grit or straw the bed thinking I would get the odd one for him to taste. It's an absolute surprise to me and there are as many again still waiting to ripen.

My veg beds have finally started to resemble something worthy. My beetroots have slug-chewed leaves but are growing big now, my climbing beans have finally begun to spiral up their poles and my broad beans are going nuts. My red and white onions are beautiful and fat, my leeks are several inches tall and my sweetcorn are lush at last.

It's been tricky this year to say the least, I opted out of potatoes, refuse to grow outdoor tomatoes after two years of blight, was too late for courgettes, my lettuce bolted and I had no room for any brassicas because I moved my raised beds in spring and still have to fill them with soil, but the best thing about veg growing is that there's always time to plant a new crop, whatever the season or weather.

Looking forward to growing my own garlic at the end of the year.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 17:46

First crop. Yum!

Acanthus Mollis

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 12:15

I'm a big fan of these plants even though they are extremely invasive, but don't worry, I'll explain how and it won't sound quite so bad.

Like all plants that can be propagated by roots, that's its main method of invasion. it doesn't run underground like Bindweed but rather, once you have it, you can't get rid of it. Any piece of root left will grow into a new plant much like Oriental poppies, so trying to move or remove the plant will result in a war you will lose. (I'm still trying to get rid of a piece of root I planted ten years back in a border, then changed my mind and every now and then, a small clump of leaves emerge in defiance.)

This plant also likes to set seed, so removing the flower spikes once they go over is a good idea even though they do offer great architecture. I usually do this in autumn when I've had my fill of the spikes. Otherwise just weed around the plant a lot. The seeds are pea size, don't travel too far and as long as you pull them up early they are easy to remove.

As for flowering, I have two established clumps in my garden that flower every year in sandy neutral soil that is probably not especially fertile and I don't often feed them because they never show signs of needing a feed. Morning and afternoon sun are best, they need sun to flower but don't like the hottest part of the day and will wilt no matter how much you water them, but will perk right back up as soon as the sun passes.


June in Your Garden!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 09:40

Super pics @Dean Lovett. You plot looks amazing already! Lets hope for some more sun to bring all your hard work to the table.

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