You need to protect the pots, for the sake of the pots, not the hostas! They are as tough as old boots, some of mine have been in their pots for 10 - 15 years and have never seen a cover except that of snow. They are adored by all slugs and snails, I nearly gave up the collection until I discovered copper tape. A strip around each pot had really made a huge difference. Before then by this time of year the leaves were like net curtains, now although there is the odd damaged leaf, on the whole they are stunning - they are, as I said, loving this wet weather.
thank you so much - by the way - I have just brought Mickfield Hostas up on the machine, and by accident pressed Print - I now have their complete catalogue (16 pages in all) in front of me - so I have enough choices of Hostas to keep me going!!!!! Have a good week - weather permitting.
My home and garden are my life, but I have ordered hundreds of paving slabs(cheap from council) as I cannot cope anymore as my garden looks like a war zone.
On reflection, there are some things to smile about, for the first time in 16 years my water bill shows a CREDIT , and in summer too! The patio gets washed every day and fish in the pond are thriving. The frogs will have to be put on contraceptives soon and moisture loving plants are having a ball......hmmmm, cancel the slab order.
I hope someone else feels like me too, typical the ever optimistic gardner, it will be all wonderfull next year!
Interesting. You mention you are getting cheap slabs from council. I am all for re-cycling but it worries me that a large part of gardens nowadays are being "slabbed" /paved. Where is all the water supposed to go? and doesn't this coontribute to the flooding in recent years? I love to see a bit of grass which personally I think enhances the plants. Our grassed areas are not the perfect lawns - my husband likes the clover and the odd violets that spring up - but I still wouldn't change it for slabs. They have their place for some areas (A shame that people have to pave their tiny front gardens to provide parking) but give me a bit of green any day! We also intalled water butts this year which proved necessary with the early hosepipe bans. I got used to watering plants from the butts and will continue to use it in future in place of tap water to save water generally.
Good luck with your
my hostas have been eaten.
The snails are just having a party. i have taken to collecting them in a bucket of salty water as the pellets are not not lasting long enough to have any real effect. I have collected what seems like 100s of the little [email protected]
My holly hocks are rusting away to nothing, fungicide is not having any effect as it keeps getting washed off in the rain.
Beans and courgettes have all been eaten, tomatoes only just begining to form fruit. Courgettes only just flowering, pumpkins sulking, every single of the 100 + sunflowers sown have either been eaten or didn't germinate.
I normally have a garden party the last weekend of July( when the garden is at its absolute best ) , bunting, sandwiches, scones etc, always serve a home grown tom salald and a bean salad, will have almost nothing home grown to feed people this year and for the garden it looks dismal
Lovely of read all your news, but cannot stop now- the sun is shining.
Seems we are all in the same boat (some people literally!). My tomatoes are a disaster this year, the courgettes are pathetic, and the beans are way behind for the time of year. The potato crop seems to be ok though - probably because I'm on sandy soil.
We live in Norfolk where we usually have drought conditions year on year. Our garden is planted with drought loving plants and some of those aren't very happy with being soaked. All veg is poor. Peas are huge and lush but no peas. Courgettes still only have 6 tiny leaves with 5 male flowers so far. Onions are like giant spring onions, they haven't bulbed yet. Tomatoes are pretty good though, given them very little water and kept the greenhouse ajar. Too cold for chillis though, had to throw them away.
One good thing I have found is that it's cool enough to concentrate on cuttings. Plus we can keep on top of garden chores like weeding, pruning & pot washing. (Between the showers). Something else i've been able to do is move plants around, which normally has to wait until autumn. Then, when summer does arrive we can be more relaxed and enjoy the garden. I've also sown grass seed because it's cool and wet enough. It can get frustrating when gardening is your life, don't give up, it will get better.
And although water bills are down, heating bills are up. Can't win can we?
must admit my summer bedding plants are picking up now.. have had 4 days of nice weather.. not today thou gales and heavy rain today... the colour is getting there slowly all shade and damp loving plants are thriving, the woodland garden is the greenest at the moment and helebores and that are blooming again as are the cowslips and polyanthus!
i also have been doing cuttings and anything that can be done in the potting shed when like this.. did some penstemons, lavender and planted seeds for next spring and some perennials.