Berghill


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HELLEBORES

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 10:53

The optimum time for moving Hellebores is in early Autumn. They begin to make new roots as the soil gets cooler.

You can get away with doing it now, as long as you can get the whole root ball out with as little damage as possible. Water well before and after moving.

Also helps to remove and dead or dying leaves, especially if they are going brown.

Swiss Chard

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 15:28

Us too. Rainbow Chard gives you the choice of colours.

First Hellebore!

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 09:04

Strangely that is the only one in flower. H. thibetanus which is normally the first to show has buds but the flowers are not open yet. There is a very dark one almost in flower, but no photo I have ever taken gets the colour anywhere near correct. The camera seems to wash out the colour somehow.

First Hellebore!

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 13:23

Easy to work out, if the plant has leaves on stems and with flower buds coming from leaf joints then do not prune. If the flower buds are coming from the very base of the plant then prune off the leaves.

Spring bulbs -too late ?

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 13:19

Not really, You can buy them in pots for planting out now. Bulbs which are normally planted in Autumn can go in now, they will just flower later. Don't leave it much longer though.

Onion weed

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 09:04

There is also a grass called unsurprisingly Onion grass which looks like grass, but has onion scented bulbous roots. A real thug it is too. The variegated one is often sold, but it reverts to ordinary green and seeds everywhere.Arrhenatherum elitius is one of the names.

First Hellebore!

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 09:01

It is only the orientalis hybrids which have the leaves removed. Most of the others should only have dead leaves cut off.

The advice with seedlings (from Ashwoods) is to prick them out as soon as the seed leaves are fully opened. They very quickly develop large root systems after that and root damage is something they really dislike.

First Hellebore!

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 16:27

Unnamed double from a T&M collection of a few years back. Got about 35 noses on the plant now.

First Hellebore!

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 16:08

This one has opened in the last few days. Not even got round to removing the leaves yet, either.


 

Flower identification

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 17:33

Well, we are pretty cold here and they grow like weeds for us. Trouble is they self seed all over the place, but the seedlings are always the original red. The seedlings are more robust than the forms so the forms get swamped and disappear.

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