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Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 21:28


You have to rogue out the wishy washy colours, or else they take over!

My worst colours are a washed out pinky/mauve, they get the chop as soon as I see flower colour!

Last year a brimstone yellow appeared from out of the blue, it has just had it's first flower this season "AND" it appears to have kept it's colour, not reverted as they sometimes do!


Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 19:41


Hosta So Sweet , large white flowers and sweetly scented, grows well as well, what more could you ask?

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 17:05
Brumbull wrote (see)

Okay Charley .... Just be careful with ordering plants from Parkers


I know there is a section elsewhere about about good plants received last year but I ordered lots of perennial plants also last year from the following crews, and I would get jailed if I said on here what I really thought of their plants!

When I go to order plants my father and granddad always say get me some as well and a male and female work colleges,  so I order quite a lot which also mean I get free carriage! .

Parkers                  (dreadful and some completely dead)

T&M                       crap, should never have been sent out

Van Meuwen           dead, should never have been sent out

Hayloft                   completely dead and sodden plugs

I did in the end after a lot of hassle get either replacements or refunds, but I only want decent plants in the first place and it is difficult explaining to others why they have not got their plants!

AND I definitely will not be ordering from any of them in the future, I can do without the hassle and disappointment!

But Simply Seeds and Plants, Bali and Jersey Plants were excellent, it was a pleasure to receive theirs!


Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 16:35

Hi Brum

I have had an order from Bali once before VG but have not tried Bowdens,YET!

And I don't like garlic spray either!

Also how do I keep my blues out of the rain to keep their colour, I think they have developed web feet instead of roots!



Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 22:05

 Hi Verdun,

Talking about the so called "blue" hosta's, I have both Blue Wedgwood and Canadian Blue, not of which in spite of pictures in catalogues shown are "blue" and the snails just love them!


Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:30

Hello Charley,

I find that it is snails not slugs that are after my hosta's and they go for certain varieties and leave others alone.

I put down a "few" slug pellets every few day and check for them at night as well!

White Feather is very good in the spring with me and then the leaves change to a lightish green colour!

A few years ago I got  three Fire Island, magnificent they were for a few months then they rotted in their pots one after another, even when I use a fungus spray and also turned the pots on their side and kept the soil on the dry side!

Have never seen them since, do any of you grow them and if so how have they done?



Jeyes fluid uses

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 21:06


cabbage root fly

vine weevil grubs

carrot root fly

Why have all the good plants pests that are only detected when they have almost completed their dirty work?

Jeyes fluid uses

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 16:12


Yes! Brumbull would like to see and try that method!

I am bothered badly with vine weevil on the roots of heucheras, they eat the roots up to soil level, only the tops remain sometimes!


Jeyes fluid uses

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 15:19


As above, I have an old leaflet and it says one teaspoon to each gallon of water!

I also read some where that it was not as before which was phenol based, the recipe had been changed!

Forget the old chestnut that if you use a single drop you will kill half the wildlife on the planet, i use it on cabbages and caulies to try and keep root fly away, around the chicken house and to clean out the budgie cages, none of these have kicked the bucket yet!



I've ordered my new greenhouse 😄

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 21:59



Good for you, I hope it is enormous!

Now you can grow plants you could only dream off!

Best of luck!

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