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Hellebores still flowering away

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 16:26

Hi Verdun

I shall go and do it right now!

in the rain mind you - there's commitment for you...

But please don't get me started on The Weather!

Hellebores still flowering away

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 16:12

Thanks Nut - will check green pods

All new to me! love them though - such wonderful flowers when they're all flowring in a drift together.

Hellebores still flowering away

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 14:40

Good point Jo, thanks.

Yes, mine are new from this Winter just gone.

Can't see any sedling though - are they normally up by now or later? Mine are in a totally packed raised flower bed so if I find new seedlings I'd pass them on to gardening friends - no more space here.

Thanks everyone!


Rhubarb Raspberry Red

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 14:36


Acer advice needed

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 13:48

Sounds lovely

How about a Japanese minature weeping cherry:

I'd love one, but by the time I learnt of it, my garden was full!

Hellebores still flowering away

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:16


As I pottered around my garden right up until it got too dark too see this evening (usually the way), I nocticed that my group of 5 hellebores are still putting out the odd flower, as well as having some very luscious leaf growth going on.

What does everyone else do with theirs? Leave them alone for a bit longer or start to trim now?

It's my first year owning them, so I ain't got a clue!


Now I'm off to peer at the garden through the glass door, eagerly awaiting another day

Rhubarb Raspberry Red

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:13

Had our first crumble of the season yesterday - 3 long stalks of rhubarb from our pot - why is it that it tastes even better when you grow it yourself!

Twist/pull went very well Dove

Acer advice needed

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:09

THIRTY acers Osaka???!!!! You should be in this weekends Open Gardens event!

Well, if you think my advice is ok, then I am honoured, as you are pretty much an expert

Acer advice needed

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 09:41

Hello DHC

I've got one planted in a pot and another in open soil. Both are dwrf varieties - is yours?

My potted one is green leaved and likes dappled shade.

I potted it up in 100% ericaceous, though acer growers have since told me that most acers will tolerate neutral soil too. Since I didn't know what pH my soil was, I played it safe and went for ericaceous.

Mine was in a 3L pot and I planted it 2 years ago into a round pot of about 40cm diameter.

Acer grower  lady I chatted to at a flower show advised me to lift it after 3 years, unfurl roots and cut them a bit shorter, then put back into same pot. Then pot onto its final pot after 5 years.

I added lots of grit and some broken crocks to the bottom of mine for good drainage - they like it moist, especially around the roots (no drying out), but free draining too.

I also put some bark chips over the surface to help with keeping moisture in.

I have mine in a sheltered bit of the garden alongside a shed - they do like protection from a very blustery site and the green ones like mine like dappled shade as they can become scorched in full sun. My purple leaved palmatum likes it sunny (leaf colour better) but it dried out too much west facing, so re-sited it to a more sheltered position and it doesn't dry out now.

Hope this helps.

tiny grub nestling in frothy saliva 'nest'!

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:16


I think I may squish them - almost impossible to water jet them off a sedum roof without drowning my neighbour and his garden in the process!



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