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Hellebore varieties - suggestions please

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 19:20

I grow a lot of un-named Orientalis in one bed. My Nigers in pots as they just dont like my soil, but are very happy now!  My Ashwoods are in a separate bed.  Agree that singles are better, but have the odd double.

The Corsican types can get very big IME & will need some support, but are still good & the flowers last a good while.

Dont like the black ones at all.

Each December I remove the foliage off all the orientalis & Ashwoods- NOT the Corsican otherwise you will lose the flowers. You will be able to see the emerging flowers stems in the crown of the plants. They then get a good mulching of my compost.

The Nigers just get the tatty, dying foliage removed & also get some mulch.

Berghill, thx for the tip re keeping things very moist. Have some seedlings to move. J.

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Posted: 22/10/2012 at 18:02

I havent actually got round to watchin any Miranda yet- mustnt do during daytime as the sniggering/snorting will disturb daughter trying to sleep above!

Off to assemble garlic flavoured tagliatelle plus fried mushrooms, tomatoes & cheese sauce & all grilled.

Have porridge most mornings for breakfast- yum. Sometimes with fruit on top- sliced nectarines are wow, blueberries good, or any fancy 'crunch' cereal- Whites being a favorite- or Fibre Filler- anybody remember that from the 80s F-plan diet? J.

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 17:20

Our hog must still be about. Fresh 'poo' spotted yesterday. Wonder if it'll use our garden to hibernate?J.


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Posted: 22/10/2012 at 17:13

Got sidetracked by trashy tv, which can watch whilst playing solartaire on pc, so ironing going very slowly. Did also clean kitchen, downstairs cloakroom/loo & bathroom. Daughter back & gone for a snooze before night duty.

Geoff- must be an age thng- sorry, grovelling here. OH tripped over in Austria, ended up with removal of wedding ring, & has also tripped over since when walking back from work. Now he's rather hesitant, not surprised really, so you can imagine the 2 of us, me off-balance, going into town......

Bjay- that's reminded me that a curtain pole is in the loft. New curtains are in cupboard- hall window part way upstairs, but large houseplants on the sill. Wonder if it'll ever get done? Like replacing 2 lampshades. Ok I could do, but the 'bit' in middle wont undo so OH has been going to replace for ever! J.

Where for art thou sumac

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:33

I hate to be the spoil-sport, but do they, & you, know that after a couple of years it's inclined to throw up suckers everywhere?

Lovely shrub/small tree I agree, but can produce a 'forest' if it so wants. J.

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Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:29

Morning all.

Still not quite 100%, slightly off balance again, which I hate & the sciatica is niggling again.... Cough not really bad, yet, & so far back better!

Lottie- sympathies, socks & shoes a 'b****r here too.

Have date for bathroom 'job'! Yes the central heating boiler replacement & the rest!! Well, not all the bathroom but about half of it in my book.... Have already told daughter she can stay e/w if she cant cope, which she cant apparently. OH will be starting to remove tiles this w/end- yikes- & then we can work out how many/order/buy the replacements!

OH did ask if I wanted to sort things out- ha- he's hijacked the whole thing so 'over to you buddy'! I've got a course to attend one day whilst all this is going on, brilliant, so shall be well away from the mayhem. He can sort them out!

Now I know why the fat block birdfeeder is going down fast- a Jay was spotted enjoying it this morning. The squirrel keeps going for the niger seed one. We've still to see a single goldfinch this year.

Right, last night's ironing to do. Oh, have Miranda to watch, goodie, J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:15

Was surprisingly warm first thing this morning- about 10C- & dry initially. Drizzle now & as still not feeling 100% being 'busy', well sort of, inside today.

Oh I did remove all the flowers off the streptocarpus plants in porch this morning & noticed white fly! So gave them a spray with organic insect stuff. May help..... J.


Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:17

I leave mine alone over the winter months, just removing any dying flowers, leaves or mouldy ones. I also water less often, barely 1x week from when they stop producing flowers. However mine are in a porch, so not in a heated house. If they were then they would need more watering.

It's probably a bit late in the yr to try & propagate from the big leaves. If the leaf is really big & getting in the way then you could just remove it, or cut off some of it, wouldnt harm things I'd have thought. J.

Iris rhizomes

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:10

Jean-they would prefer a JI3 type of compost, but some of your garden soil/own compost, if any, should be fine as a temporary measure. Seems daft buying a new bag at this time of year. (Says she who justs need a very small bag of MP to quickly repot a bargain houseplant. Have JI3 but that'll be too good for it, plus I need most of it for repotting a patio clematis into a bigger pot.) J.

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Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:00

Oh & not only do I have a birthday cake to do, am also doing the 'C' cake this week! Not quite happy about the latter, as, despite doing the same recipe for donkeys' yrs, last yr managed to burn the first attempt! The new cooker oven is hotter at certain temperatures so took a lot of care with the 2cnd & it was fine. Still doesnt stop me worrying though. J.

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