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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Leggy sweet peas???

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:33

Everlasting sweet peas Lathyrus latifolius are different from the more usual sweet peas - they are cottage garden plants and very hardy and perennial.  You cut them down in the autumn and they will grow again next year.  Sadly they don't have the marvellous scent of Lathyrus odoratus. 

They are too warm and aren't getting enough light - they will do much better outside, but as they've been indoors so far they will need a bit of shelter out there until they harden off.  Have you got a cold greenhouse or cold frame they can go in?

Pinching out the tips is a good idea. 

Help Overwintering Geraniums - rotting??

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:19

Don't worry if you don't see signs of life until the spring - you may do, but don't worry if you don't 


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:17

Good morning KEF & Panda - Nope not much in the way of a sunrise here this morning.

KEF wrote (see)

..... Would it look bad if I sat in hairdressers and finished writing them?

All stay happy.

Sounds very sensible to me 

Mysterious happenings

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:13

Don't know any shrub called a Black Phoebe - is it a snowberry?  


The berries usually fall and because they are light they blow about in the wind - they are sometimes eaten by pheasants but usually only in hard weather as they are quite bitter.  Perhaps yours have been tried and rejected .


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 07:59

Oh, we didn't have any noticeable sunrise Mrs G 


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 07:01

Daughter in law's Baboushka seems to feed a large extended family from the family Dacha - they all turn up to help with the harvest - I'd love to go at that time, but DIL says that knowing me I'd find the weather just too hot - so springtime to see the expanses of wild flowers is the plan. 

When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 06:51
Turnipfarmer wrote (see)

I am just wondering when I cut back my Hellebores? I have two and one of them is showing new buds growing from the base of the plant.

I have heard you cut back the old foliage? Is this true and if so how much do I cut back and how do I know which is the old foliage?

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I would cut back all  the leaves at ground level right now, just as the new buds are showing. ....

To clarify - I understood the question was about plants that have flower buds now -
I take all the fully formed leaves off the winter flowering varieties as the flower buds appear.

Later flowering varieties, I remove old  leaves when their flower buds are forming. 


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 06:42

Good morning all 

BL - hope you had a good night's sleep - have you got multicoloured bruising?  Have you got any arnica?  Odd that they behaved like that, when they've got a well established pecking order - is one of them out of sorts maybe? 

Chicky, St P is further north than I'll be going - that's much more the northern European bit - where I'll be going is about 2,000 km southeast of there, almost to Asia. Don't think the elegant gardens of Europe spread that far - I think this is more what I'll be seeing 


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 20:00

Thanks Chicky 

My feet are up and the knitting is out - have a good evening folks - see you in the morning 


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 19:19

Well, we've all survived another day at work and play - celebrations all round I think 

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