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do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 15:06

Do you mean H. argutifolius or H. angustifolius? H angustifolius is probably H. viridis.

H. argustifolius is the one Jo4eyes refers to as 'the corsican one'. As he rightly says it may be cut down in very ealry Spring or later winter. Seed head can be removed about now, but they are short lived plants and it may be best to allow some seeds to fall, for replacement plants.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 12:49

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do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 12:42

This advice applies only to H. x hybridus (x orientalis). If you have H. niger then you should only remove dead or dying leaves as they occur, in the ratio of one old leaf for one new one. The same aplies to almost all of the other Hellebores too.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 10:22

Glad you enjoyed the tour.

What spare time?

Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety'

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 10:16

Not to worry. We have about 20 different Geums, including the ones you mention and as soon as I can arrange a visit to a Garden Centre/Nursery specialising in them I will have a few more too!


Posted: 19/06/2012 at 10:12

Generally speaking, yes, they do need planting deeply. And burying the new young growth will do it no harm.  Just be careful not to damage the new shoots when backfilling the hole.

Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety'

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 09:20

If you want a longer flowering, spectacular one then look out for G. Blazing Sunset. Buds are yellow, then open to yellow and red and finally go red and it flowers on and off all Summer.

does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 09:16

Now I have enlarged the picture, so it is.

does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 20:56

It is an Arisaema of some sort.

Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety'

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 09:13

Ours flower from about the middle of May until the middle of June in a normal season. The ones in shade last a bit longer than the ones in full sun. I leave the heads on as they are quite decorative, but then you do get self seeded ones around and they are not always as good as the original, but still nice.

If you do cut out the old flowering stems, then you may get another flush of flowers later on in the season.

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