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do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 19:13

My purple one is flowering just now. The leaves are always healthy on it so I only remove leaves if they're too big or looking rough. The flowers are tall so they perch above the foliage  


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 19:10

Hey Lantana - if you were up here, you could watch the World Pipe Band championships on BBC2 just now instead!    

What do you mean, you'd rather rip your liver out with a rusty hook? ....

When I had my flat, I was downstairs from someone who competed....  That must be the English part of me coming through...

Pork and spiced rice and veg for my dinner. Quite nice. Trying to catch up with what everyone's been doing on here.Should really go out and do some more in the garden though. 

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 19:01

Do you mean Fatsia, Celadonsun? Castor oil plant is Ricinus - two different plants. The hardiness of the Castor Oil plant will largely depend where you live.

Fatsia will certainly be fine in a pot for a long time. Keep it sheltered if you have long spells of severe frosts in winter 

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Posted: 17/08/2016 at 08:11


He did that hula challenge on the breakfast news. Question - who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?  

No prizes for guessing the answer.....  


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 08:09

Morning all/afties Pat. 

Lovely day again here - not to last till the weekend...boo hiss...

Sorry to hear your news too Dewdrops. Hope today is a little better for you. 

Did a little bit outside after work yesterday, but the 'lympics keeps getting in the way! Slightly sad to see Sir Chris's record being equaled, but it's truly wonderful. Do you think those two (cyclists) will need to buy some very large trophy cabinets?

The entire British team are surpassing themselves. More sailing golds, every British cyclist gaining a medal. The young girl in the gymnastics was marvellous and the diving was a terrific result. What a superb bunch they all are  

Picked lots of sweet peas, but they're really flourishing and looking pretty now. Time to get some stuff shifted into the new bed and get the timber to finish the edging off. Slowly getting there. This time next year, Rodney ....

Have a grand day everyone. Off to t'salt mines...


Posted: 17/08/2016 at 07:59

Very disappointing BL. Somewhat ironic that we now have depth and breadth in dressage, but not in showjumping - a huge swing from the 70s when Britain was a world force in jumping and dressage was seen as a slightly second rate option for those who couldn't jump.

It's more like Dad's Army in the SJ right now! Scott's horses injured, otherwise John Whitaker wouldn't have been there, but we simply don't have the young riders coming through to top level from  county and national levels. It's always difficult making the transition from ponies to horses, but it's a real shame we can't seem to get that consistency at the highest level. Perhaps it will change in the coming years. 

Cyclists showing the way again. Fabulous - but I couldn't stay awake for Jason Kenny's race.  

More of  gallop than a 'trot'...do you see what I did there?  Can I get a medal ? 

Is anyone else finding Mark Foster and Rebecca Adlington stomach churning or is it just me? Apparently they're more than just chums anyway, but can they just get a room and spare us the on screen touchy feely stuff...

Help! North or West facing garden?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 07:46

West facing would be my choice. Much more scope, and you'll be able to create shady areas within it anyway. 

When I was a baby, my parents bought a new house and my Dad picked the (west facing) plot because of the aspect. Don't think it was too bad a choice! 

Plant ID

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 20:37

Decorative potato as opposed to the edible kind GD.  

In fact - I think they're also poisonous, but it's not an issue unless you're planning on having it for dinner 

There's a white variety too. They're not particularly hardy up here,  or I'd have that one in the garden.

Patchy lawn

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 20:33

Have you used a lawn feed recently Stuart? That's quite typical of too much being applied, which can cause scorching. 

Alternatively, is there an underlying issue with the ground there? Compacted or waterlogged for instance, or poorer soil. 

Planting my honeysuckle

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 20:30

Also - make sure it doesn't go short of water after planting flowerbomb. A good soak before you plant, and afterwards. A mulch will help conserve the moisture.

Even if you're in a high rainfall area, and it's facing the prevailing weather, rainwater doesn't always  reach well  into walls or fences, so keep a little eye on it till it establishes. If there's other planting round it, there's more competition for moisture too.  

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