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27/02/2014 at 15:41

I have just been to the GC Verdun and a Euphorbia Silver Swan 'jumped' in my trolled LOL!!

I asked at the GC re the Cornus and bought one half price for £5 

Also bought a few others but can't remember their names, will report back to do planting while the sun is shining 

27/02/2014 at 15:44

Ooooooo, well done Tracey

Liked it when they just "jumped" into your trolley 

03/03/2014 at 12:32


Missed your last post sorry Verdun, and yes it was a naughty plant because it is the only one I have bought full price.....bouncy little things!!

Anyway, for the benefit of everyone that gave me advice, here are some pics of the progress so far, not a bad job I don't think for now and I cant believe the difference in a week.


03/03/2014 at 12:33

PS Ignore the soil on the edge, it is now clean but I wanted to get pics before it went dark!!

03/03/2014 at 22:00

That is a super hellebore with masses of pink flowers.

03/03/2014 at 22:04

There are 2 Hellebores Lizzie, bargains at £15.99 and buy one get one free  They look beautiful in the border and I would never have got them if I hadn't read about them and seen pics on here 

04/03/2014 at 20:23

looking toptastic! and I am so glad that some of your first purchases are hellebores.You will get seedlings and in three or so years, they will flower. Sounds a long wait but worth it. I have the most gorgeous shiny purple hellebore, grown from a seedling, giving it's all in my garden at the moment! You really are off to a cracking start.

04/03/2014 at 21:26

Thanks gingly gangly. I was actually going to ask about the hellebore seeds, do I just leave them to self seed or collect the seeds and sow them?

04/03/2014 at 22:38

Wow, you've done loads Tracey, looking good

04/03/2014 at 22:43

Thanks Ashleigh, I've planted a few Snowdrops today too that my neighbour gave me 

04/03/2014 at 23:34

Looking good there Tracey.  Bet you're chuffed ....always nice to get new planting done.  Getting a black hellebore soon myself.........know I want it but now need to consider ow best to set it off.  White snowdrops inthe foreground seem obvious yet appropriate but between a yellow hellebore and a double white is my chosen site ....I think 

05/03/2014 at 08:11

Sounds lovely Verdun, I have just ordered 200 snowdrops yesterday and they are going in the borders too 

05/03/2014 at 10:31

Tracey that looks lovely - well done.  Didn't realise how high off the ground your border was when I was worrying about the privet.  Is that a cordyline?  I wrapped mine up to overwinter (not having a greenhouse ) but maybe it would be safe to unwrap it now? 

05/03/2014 at 18:28
I think it is Busy Bee yes as I googled it the other day, it was one of the plants I had no ID for. I read then that it should be overwintered in the greenhouse, but mine has been out for almost 4 years and has never been wrapped up or anything, it must be healthy as I moved it from my other border and the roots were very deep
05/03/2014 at 19:32

Ours is in a pot, but on south facing drive, with shelter on three sides, so should definitely be okay then. 


05/03/2014 at 22:27
It should be if mine is
10/03/2014 at 19:19

Thanks gingly gangly. I was actually going to ask about the hellebore seeds, do I just leave them to self seed or collect the seeds and sow them?


Sorry Tracey - haven't been on for a while! I do a mixture of both. I leave some seeds on the plant to drop and germinate the next February (you'll find the seedlings near the parent plant) and I gather some and sow them in pots, cover in grit and leave outside. They still won't germinate till next Feb, but you might find them easier to manage in pots. Either way, you can pot the seedlings on and eventually you'll have lots of hellebores! Does take patience though - they flower about two years after germinating, so three years in all!

10/03/2014 at 19:19

oops didn't manage the quote function very well

10/03/2014 at 19:32

3 years.....My oh my I am going to have to find some patience from somewhere! it isn't something I have much of  I think I will give it a go though anyway, it will be a 'project'. Thanks GG.

10/03/2014 at 20:43

I saw all the piccies of Hellebores on here and couldn't resist getting a couple.  We went to Wimpole Hall for the day in the lovely sunshine and they had plants on sale. £7.00 each. 


Tracey your piccies are great. 

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