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Hellebore position

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 20:35

Yes - our soil is reliably moist all summer so it can cope. Our sun isn't as hot either. Dappled shade is the ideal Giddy - very different from the conditions dahlias like to grow in, as nut says  

My soil is nothing special  (raised bed with a mix of the existing clay soil and compost) and the beds get a mulch of well rotted manure or compost in spring and a bit of B,F&B and that's about it. They get the full force of the wind and rain, so they get well watered from every direction going!

As Dove has described, it's soil that gets too dry that gives the most problems

Moving laurel bushes

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 20:27

I (with some help from my BIL) dug one out here a few years  ago - during summer. It had plenty of rain to keep it happy, so we got away with it. If you want to move them in summer then make sure you can give it plenty of water, otherwise, autumn is probably better, as nut says.

It was about the same size as yours, and we had to hack it back to a couple of feet to get in at it. It was just put into a bit of spare soil and stayed there for the winter, or possibly longer,  as I didn't have anywhere for it to go. It's now in a corner of the front garden boundary and is a good metre high and wide and perfectly happy.

They can take a fair bit of abuse and neglect without any long term damage, but B'cupdays is right - they aren't easy to get out!

Hellebore position

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 20:02

Same as Dove for mine, but I also have one which gets quite a bit of sun and grows like mad.

It does get a lot of rain, and we don't get the extreme heat that other areas get, but you might find they can take a sunnier spot if they have a bit of shade from other planting in summer, and don't get too dry at the roots  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 19:58

Sounds like a good day BL - you'll be ready to put your feet up 

Think I may have to put another layer on that cold frame tomorrow night as we have snow forecast. I looked it up to see what Liri could expect for her return trip and Oban is to have heavy snow for Monday night /Tuesday morning. Checked it for here and it seems it's going to be fairly widespread across the west. Should have waited till next weekend to do those seeds...

Is there such plants

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 17:54

Bear in mind that plants grown in containers will generally tend to be smaller than when they are grown in open ground.

You might just have to experiment a little with different things to see what works best   

Decapitation a possibilty

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 17:50

A shame to lose it, but as Welshonion says, it would only be temporary. It'll grow back. 

In the meantime, you can sort out a new support for it which will make managing it much easier in future  

Easiest way to dig a border

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 17:23
Hostafan1 says:

Any excuse. 

See original post


You saw through my cunning plan  Hosta....

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 17:20

Was never a fan, but I do admire Mark Knopfler as a guitarist. He did a nice duet with lovely ol' JT too  

Hosta - you're probably right about the keesh. I think I'm a bit slow on the uptake today  

Has anyone grown Cobaea? I got some seeds of the white one to try. Did them yesterday. Don't know if they'll be ok here, but thought they could be an interesting addition to the clems etc along the fence running down to the gate. 

Plants for pondside

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 17:16

I have chrysographes Iris in the wet bit beside my pond. They don't flower for long, but they're beautiful while they do 

I also have the white version of Marsh Marigold (Caltha) near them. The yellow one is ideal for wet spots, but it can take over a bit if you're not careful! 

Ferns are ideal, and there's one for every type of site - wet or dry, sunny or shady.

I have a Phormium and a Libertia in the drier bit. They provide evergreen cover for  wildlife. 

As B'cupdays says, if you give us a little more info about the type of pond, sizes, aspect and soil, you'll get lots more suggestions. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 16:58

Been listening to fab Johnnie Walker on the radio. He has David Knopfler as a guest ( who knew Mark had a brother? Not me )  He's just confessed to mis hearing a James Taylor lyric ( mistaking Berkshires for birches) on Sweet Baby James. Hurray - I thought I was the only one who'd done that!  

Picked some grand choices too, including Joni and a bit of classic Dylan. I may have to alter my opinion of Dire Straits  

You could do a stir fry Obs. 

I hope that was a typo T'bird - or do you really want a bit of a quicky?....  

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