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Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 20:31

Well, I have spent a little time today (dodging showers of hail) and collected self sown, newly germinated seedlings of various ones, a yellow, a deep purple and a dark green with red spots. Did about 2 dozen of each. Tell you in a few years if they were successful, or not as the case may be.

Hydrangea quercifolia - Oakleaf hydrangea

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:10

We have two of them, a full sized and a dwarfer form. They are in sheltered 9ish0 positions and flower well. This is very definitely a cold garden though, we get frost very early in the winter and very late in the summer.  Our soil is basically neutral.

All the H. paniculata types are equally good. They too thrive here. Nice in that you can prune out any damaged parts in early Spring which encourages lots of new flowering shoots.

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 20:49

Got a nice one flowering at present,  mid yellow, but instead of facing downwards they face outwards, so you can see the interior without having to lift the flowers up.

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 21:05

They take about three years to really get going with flowers. One piece of advice about them ...they absolutely hate having their roots exposed to the air. So, and this is just me, I tend to take a bucket of water with me when digging them up (Sept/Oct is the best time as that is when they begin to grow new roots.) I drop the dug up plants into the water to transport them to the potting shed.

H. niger will not grow here, try as I might and sadly neither will the x sternii hybrids which are being sold at present. Expensive things to plant and watch die.

Having said that we do have quite a few hundred of the orientalis hybrids of all colours except a beautiful peach coloured one which we have only ever seen once and did not buy.

We also have Hh. tibetanus. foetidus, lividus, purpurascens and some other species which have lost their labels.

Strange Soil sucked out in lawn

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 11:57

You can actually use Growmore to feed your grass. Or that awful Chicken stuff is just as good. They both provide a good all round feed, unlike many of the special lawn feeds which give a high nitrogen boost to make the grass look green quickly so you think the fertiliser is working.

Help with plant identification

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 11:52

Viburnum for sure.

Strange Soil sucked out in lawn

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 17:46

And feed the grass. Moss prefers a poor soil and grass likes a richer one.

Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 09:07

I would say L. fragrantissima or purpusii or the hybrid between the two. The differences are so slight that you need a magnifying glass to tell them apart.

 

What is this seed?

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 21:09

Sea beans.

http://www.beachbeans.com/descriptions.html

Plant I.D Help

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 21:34

There are about 20 species of Galanthus. These have a fair number of sub-species and there are some wild occurrences of hybrids between species.

I found 450 named varieties of these before I got fed up counting.

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