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Posted: 18/12/2014 at 16:46

Lyn, yes I did but the Moderators seem to have removed it as an unsanctioned external link. Mind my garden is in the very West Midlands and about as far from the sea as one can get.

Tootles, John Massey from Ashwoods recommends feeding Hellebores in September, just as the leaves begin to droop. They use Chicken pellets, I prefer Seaweed extraction.


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:36

You can divide clumps of Hellebores when they get big and over-crowded. This is done in September/October as they form new roots in Autumn. Any other time of year is less successful.

To get plants to breed true you need to get into plant breeding techniques as they do at Ashwood,s to create a seed strain.


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 17:50

I have a dark green one, with red spotting though. We may have a purely dark green one too,somewhere, so they do exist.

Our problem now is that the plants we would like to have to add to the menagerie are well out of our price range.

Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 09:10

And do bear in mind that Conifer shreddings make the soil more acidic,so you may need to add a little lime to keep the soil neutral, unless you are growing Rhododendrons.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 20:59

All the above doubles still produce pollen for the bees. there are forms where the stamen etc have become petaloid and no longer function.

The main reason for removing the old leaves (usually by us in February) is that the plant no longer needs them and they can become infected with various fungi. Removing them does the plant good as it does not have to fight off any pathogens from the leaves.

This of course only applies to the x hybridus types.  All the others should only have dead leaves removed as and when you see them, especially H. niger and its cousins.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:06

 Bit distorted maybe, but these are some of our doubles.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:04

Pictures I have, but not sure how to put them in a reply. They are all on Photobucket somewhere and no longer on my computer.

I er, rarely collect the seed these days, most of it just falls to the ground round the plants which is probably why we have a few hundred of them!

Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 13:00

Great patience is needed at times. The non-compost heap is now 6 years old and I might just get round to using it this Spring.

Non-compost is the stuff you are not supposed to put on the heap, things like dock and dandelion roots etc. Heaped and covered and forgotten about, they eventually rot away.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 12:55

No problems with any of our plants as far as the dreaded Black Death is concerned. (Bows to Hubris). Mind the compost does not go on the flower beds, it is totally used on the Veg patch. The flower beds get shredded bark mulch and Bonemeal.

Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 10:07

We have been using shredded branches as mulch, both fresh and composted for the last 20 years and I cannot say that I have noticed any Nitrogen deficiency problems caused by them. The fields around us have suffered because of the amount of rain over the last few years, but a crop of Field beans seems  to have solved the problem for the moment.

If it does worry folks then sprinkle a tablespoon or so per square yard of Bonemeal before mulching.

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