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do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 12:57

I work on removing the old, tatty leaves off the orientalis by New Year- you can often already see the flower buds ready to break by then.

Only this last week have finished removing the spent flower stems off them & the Nigers, plus the odd very tatty leaf off the latter. I grow my Nigers in pots as the only way can keep them in my garden.

The 'Corsican' type- soz cant remember the latest correct name- I remove the old foliage in spring allowing the new shoots to grow- they are the ones that will flower next year, so dont remove those leaves in the winter, or no flowers. Be prepared to stake these big plants too as they grow. The other sorts dont need any staking. J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 09:52

Motorway network total gridlock round here- nurse stuck barely 2-3 miles away & not moved for ages! No sight nor sound of OH & daughter was late for work this morning too!

Need to book tickets for Tatton show, but wont start till I know that wont be interupted, plus better check in case OH wants to come as well this year.........J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 09:32

Well we've got torrential rain here. No need to bother about watering those big pots, ther's been so much rain it's got down through the overhanging canopy no problem.

Waiting on nurse & OH- hope he's coping with the journey in this weather.

Coffee time here too Geof. J.

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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 20:00

Am I organic? No, not really as do use glyphosate & Provado sometimes. Getting more that way though, as find forget to do any repeat applications that may be due. Laziness too, anything for an easy (ha) life.

Do use copper tape & copper strips around pots & vunerable plants. Know that no point in buying fancy Campanulas at Tatton show- slug magnets in this garden. Have a couple of the very tall ones that do survive ok, but others forget it. Oh do have the rampant ground cover/scrambling one that always flowers & then we get torrential rain- this year as normal!

Never remember to check/redo the slug trap behind the hosta pots. Dont use the organic pellets that much- except this year, until I decided I didnt want any probs for 'hog'. Hope he/she keeps out of next doors' garden as it often looks as if got 'blue-spot measles'!

Ok, may try some more beans direct- once it stops raining, being a bit of a fair weather gardener. J.

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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:34

Sow climbing beans? Totally 'p'd off with mine- only 1 or 2 plants managing to climb the wigwam, none of extra sown shown signs of germination - probably been munched beneath ground! As for the sweetpeas.....dont tell David! Am at the 'why do I bother stage'! J.

Growing morning glory in a hanging basket.

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:25

Kate- am growing some this year around the edges of large terracotta pots, filled with cosmos, so that they hang down over the edges. well that's the plan. Have chosen a more 'compact' variety, but would think any should work.

Pinched the idea from seeing them used in that way at RHS Harlow Carr last year. J.

Slugs and snails - help needed!!

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:20

The ivy is probably a place that snails will 'snooze' in during the day. Regular searches & stamping on any found is one option I suppose.

Nemaslug, nematodes, only tend to work on slugs I thought.

Growing treasures in pots, on pot feet & with copper tape around the pot rim does help. You can also get copper rings- supplied as strips- to put around vunerable plants when they are young & planted in the ground. Yes quite expensive to purchase initially, but can be reused every year.

Cheap porridge oats or bran regularly placed around vunerable plants also helps- but it does need replacing after rain!

Indirectly have discovered that crusts of Burgen soya & linseed loaf is a slug magnet! Put some out for the birds & they didnt get a look in- I did a lot of stamping on the slugs! J.

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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:09

Well, we may have escaped the worst weather here today. Not tomorrow by the latest local forecast! Oh well, wonder if the remaining bean plants will survive a slimey attack with all this wet weather? & as for the sweetpeas........!

About half of my dahlia plants, in the borders have been 'got'. Wonder why some & not others close by? That's why my 'choice' ones get grown in pots- but even one of those has been attacked a bit. Moving it to another part of the patio usually helps them regrow new leaves etc- as if the slimey 'b's dont go that way!

Have sourced quite a choice of 'bar' stools, ranging in price from £25-£59. Tesco do 'a pack of 2', but I dont want 2! Wish Ikea had in store the one they've got on-line, it's almost an exact match, style-wise, to our decent (Nan's) one. Decisions, decisions- somehow I can see me not bothering & just keep reminding OH not to use the old set of steps as steps, just as a stool. J.

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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 18:08

Hi from a 'not raining in Manchester at the mo'!

Have been out to lunch with a friend & the weather was rotten driving back home. But as we got nearer I realised that the roads around home were dry! Ok didnt last, but not been as heavy here as others I think.

Trying to find a new stool for breakfast bar in kitchen. One at Ikea is a possibility, but tesco have 2 for less £ & it'd match our existing one better. It was my Nan's I think & is solid wood & really nice. Whenever I get one I shall take the old step-down stool, circa 1970s & wobbly, to the tip to stop OH using it as steps! It's just not safe. Daft thing is also tucked under bar is a very solid fold-up set of steps that I need to get into top cupboards- not a wobble from them at all.

Have my next session of home- drug tomorrow morning. Oh well only another 7 to go! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 17:53

It's actually a lot brighter here in Manchester now. Yes we've had rain, but it was much worse Warrington way, where friend & me went for lunch. Bad driving back on motorway, until nearly home when realised there hadnt been any rain this end! That didnt last, but not as bad as expected.

Ironically I may have to water some large patio pots as they are underneath a very large tree, on adjacent land. That sometimes acts as an umbrella depending on which direction the rain is coming from. J.

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