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Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:16

some advice, then, please FB.  I have a beautiful double yellow hellebore which appeared to selfseed last year - of course I potted up the seedlings, but how long will they take to flower, and will they come true?

I also have a very beautiful double pink one....but I still love the "common or garden" pink ones which range from palest through to quite a deep pink, with speckled inner petals, and the white ones which also selfseed everywhere.

True Leaves

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:09

Don't give up yet!  If they're on a windowsill you'll need to keep turning the trays to prevent them veering towards the light.  Do you have somewhere cooler they can be put once they are strong enough to be pricked out?  And don't overwater - just keep the soil damp (I use one of those bottle-top sprinklers that go on top of an old lemonade bottle).

Sweet peas like a deep root run so get them into tallish pots (5 or so to a pot|) before they develop too much.

I've got all sorts of things in seed trays right now but |I do have a cold greenhouse to move them onto when they get big enough, and fleece to throw over the top if it turns really cold.

Hydrangea in need of TLC

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:01

I'd definitely add bonemeal and compost to the planting hole and then keep it well watered (well once the rain stops that is) all year.  I'd cut down to a couple of buds on each stem and then feed as the year goes on.  In my experience the only hydrangea to not do well is the one planted in full sun which does well at the start of the year but then fails to bloom as the ground gets drier (I don't water my garden much).

name that weed

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 15:48

It looks like the wild geum rivale - if it is it will spread vigourously with shallow roots, and rather like strawberry runners new plantlets will appear all around.  It has tiny yellow flowers and likes damp or boggy ground.

In my garden I try to lift all plantlets as soon as I see them as it is something of a thug.  I think it came in with some pond plants.


Posted: 18/02/2014 at 15:34

Hello again Marion - it really has been lovely in the sunshine - between the showers. It is such a pleasure to see everything bursting forth in your garden.

thought I'd just share some crocus and rosehips with you, and the fascinating euphorbia myrsinites which do so well both here and in my vertical rock garden in the Languedoc.


Sorry - I don't think I've quite got the hang of uploading photos yet - some of these seem to have rotated - ah well, we seniors must continue to learn new skills!


 My shady bed is full of double snowdrops, amongst cyclamen coum (and some low growing geraniums, dormant right now) - strange to think they will be completely concealed once the Allium Christophii and Crocosmia Lucifer take over later in the year.


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 16:05 it!  I'll just have to content myself with mincemeat (homemade of course) topped apple sponge pudding (still eating last year's crop) and custard - but cheered up by a pot of pushkinias outside the french windows - a large pot, because I found the bulbs in the shed in December, and not recognising them put them all spaced out over the top of a large pot.  There they all are - their little blue stripes glinting ubnder the raindrops.


Posted: 13/02/2014 at 10:56

Sun is out this morning - primroses flowering, and the spring bulbs making progress every day.  My garden is filled with plants that selfseed in the wrong place and have to be moved, but the crocus, along with the violets which will appear soon, will just have to stay in the grass.  You've inspired me to fill a few seed pots, though I will have to book them into my friends seedling B & B whilst I am away for a month in March.  Trouble is, the pots are small enough to accomodate, its after they've been pricked out into individual pots that the space problem raises its head.  O only have an ancient small cold greenhouse, but I put portable cheap tower staging in to cope with as many trays as possible. 

Do hope you don't get too much rain - it's so soul destroying.

Can I move a foxglove now ?

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 10:27

Gosh - I've never found them that fussy, though they don't like to be dry.  Their natural habitat is light woodland with dappled shade.  There is a wonderful meadow of foxgloves in light woodland as you go into the Woburn Estate  in spring.  I think they wallow in the leaf mould which keeps their roots moist.


Posted: 13/02/2014 at 10:20

you got it. Tracey!  and I think Ikea have the ones with tiny yellow dancing lady flowers sometimes too.

Shady blooms from seed - Help!

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 17:36

Mike is right - we all need a helping hand from time to time!  Start a compost heap to boost your soil fertility, this will then help all manner of things to grow.  Then start asking your friends and neighbours for bits from their gardens.  Finally - don't be too picky about posh varieties - start with things you know will grow because you can see them in other people's gardens.  Small plants tend do do better than bigger ones if you buy from a garden centre - they have less root to start with and will get away faster than big ones which have a lot of top growth to support and will be in potting compost which dries out too quickly.

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