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Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:26

The book I bought yesterday has detailed instructions for hybridisation of hellebores. Apparently you pick the mother plant for the structure, so I'm going to use shooting star,because its really strong and the flowers face out and up. The fathers are going to be some of the new ashwood ones I got.  a double on a single only gives about 25% doubles, whereas double on double gives about 90%. I will also save self pollinated seeds off the choicest new ones, to see how they hold true. 3 to 4 years from seed to flower... watch this space.

 Very blustery here but dry at the moment.     All those going out, stay safe.

  Who was it wanted snowdrops in the green for the garden? I can bring some on Wednesday. Just standard singles, but they multiply well to give a good clump in two or three years. I did look at some choice varieties yesterday, but at £15 for a single bulb of wendys gold, and £4 for a sam arnott, I figured I wasn't going to risk them with the squirrels. They might not eat them but they seem to be fond of digging them up at the moment.

Did you know?

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 23:10

Mike, the roses---- I think they are hardwood cuttings.

  I thought that Irishmans cuttings were when you detach a small piece off a plant with a few roots already attached. I do this with Phlox paniculata plants in spring, just as they start growing. A sharp knife down the side of the plant detaches a shoot with a few roots attached which rapidly becomes a new plant after potting on.

More plants for free

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 22:44


I now have this impression of drunken mice staggering around the garden.

Insect repellant/deterrent

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 21:06

Citronella oil is used by horsey people to keep midges off the horses. It was always sold as insect repellant eg such as in candles, but the powers that be decided that it could only be used as perfume unless it underwent clinical trials etc and so you will only find it labelled as a perfume. I use it dabbed on wood or other articles where I am sitting.outside. It seems to work for me.

Insect repellant/deterrent

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 20:38

Citronella oil.( not a licensed use now,it is supposed to be a perfume only.

Avon skin so soft oil

Lots of vitamin b complex (water soluble so you cant overdose) or marmite or vegemite.

For hellebore enthusiasts.

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 20:27

I duplicated the picotee one I bought. I got a double yellow one.


Log pile

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 19:43

If you are worried about the logs rolling, hammer in a couple of stakes on each side of the pile. As for yew being poisonous, I hope the kids aren't chewing it? Its not poisonous if they leave it alone, or wash their hands after being in the garden.


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 19:13

Hello everyone. I 've just got back from the West midlands. Its a lot windier there than here in the East midlands. I hope its good tomorrow for all of those going on the snowdrop walk at Anglesey abbey. 

Time to cook dinner. see you later.

For hellebore enthusiasts.

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 19:09

Thats apart from the slate grey/blackones. the deep purply red ones, yellow single, yellow,spotted, yellow double. ... and I totally ignored the white ones.

For hellebore enthusiasts.

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 19:06

What I didn't buy. (mortgage people not lending)


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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

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