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Hellebore varieties - suggestions please

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 21:35

The tip came from a Hellebore site on the Interweb thingy. I tried it last year and have just fiinished potting up the hundred or so self sown seedlings which I got. I think I have only lost a couple out of that number, which is good going. Now if only I could manage to do that with x ballardii seedlings. I can get the seed to germinate, I can dig up self sown ones, but nary a one have I ever managed to get to replanting size.

If you can get hold of it. H. thibetana is a beautiful thing, flowering for me in later January/early Feb.

Hellebore varieties - suggestions please

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 18:08

Now Mr .Jones. Helleborus x hybridus makes new roots during the colder months of the year, for some reason. That is why it is recommended to split or move them in October.

For those trying to transplant seedlings, never ever let the roots dry out, not even in the slightest. If digging up from the garden( self sown ones) drop them into a bucket ot water to bring back to the potting shed. Even a short distance can be fatal.


Posted: 21/10/2012 at 21:11

No idea, we have at various times bought all the colours available, now they are all the usual red.

is it a fungus?

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 21:26

In both cases as suggested gum oozing from the bark can be a sign of Bacterial canker.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 16:01

Glad you enjoyed the old homestead. The weather has played a big part in it this year. We just have not been able to keep it up to the standard we like it to be. There is always next year though.

Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:22

Pray for drier, warmer Summers!

Saxifrage brown in middle?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 21:20


"For goodness sake, Google it!"

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 12:02

One of the problems with any Search engine, is that you need to have a reasonable idea of the answer. You cannot, for example, put in a picture of a plant and ask what it is, which you can do on here and other garden sites. Phrasing the search question is an art in itself to avoid the tedium of false leads.  There is also the problem of targetted advertising from any Search you make. Useful to have Do Not Track Plus and Adblocker on your Browser.

It can be useful. Someone on here posted a question as to the identity of a plant giving half the name. I found it on the Web from that scrap, but it took a little searching and some knowledge of plant names to do it.

But I will tell you one thing which really annoys me, is the practice of answering a question by using a Search engine and posting the link to the answer found, instead of writing the answer for the questioner. I never follow links like that.



Garden Gallery

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 10:39

Not posted many garden tours this year. Here is the garden as it was yesterday.

Fruit Trees

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 21:17

If old, then do not prune too much.

If you want new growth then prune any time when the trees are dormant. If you want fruiting spures then prune now, though it is getting a bit late, bettter done in September really.

Shorten all new growth back to 3 buds from the point of origin.

Best of all buy a book on pruning Fruit trees, with pictures, much easier to follow than written info.





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