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Hellebore varieties - suggestions please

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 14:38

Helleborus foetidissima has lime green flowers and cut leaves and was in flower from November to early March in my damp, shady bed.  In drier beds I have a range of hellebores from the simple cream flowers thorugh pinky purples to almost black flowers.  Labels long gone so no varieties to name.   I don't grow the double forms as the simple ones are a good source of nectar for early bees.

To keep them looking good, make sure you cut down old foliage in winter/early spring when the flowers start to open.  This removes old material that can harbour disease and also shows the flowers off better.  They can take a couple of seasons to settle in and flourish and dislike being moved but once established will provide a good, long lasting display followed by attractive foliage and they will also self seed.  Being promiscuous, you may get some very interesting as well as ordinary babies so it's worth potting some up to grow on and see what you get.

Flower Identification

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 14:11

White scabious.  They are more usually lilac in colour.  very good for attracting insects such as bees and butterflies.

Welly boots

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 11:14

OH has the waders for cleaning the pond of rampant flag iris and blanket weed when it comes.   My veg plot is raised beds and paths so I do wear flip flops to hoe and sow there in clement weather..

creating a Japanese garden.

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 19:04

No personal experience of making one but all th eones i've visited or seen on TV or in books and magazines tend to use grey stones.   There's a whole art, 'm told by a friend who did one, to choosing the large stones as different shapes and sizes represent different things.   The raked gravel paths and spaces tend to be small stones and larger pebbles in various sizes can be placed to represent rivers and pools.

You then need to combine all this with moss, Japanese acers of differing forms and hues, ferns, hostas and so on to make it a green and tranquil place of reflection.

I suggest getting a few books out of the library to find some design inspiration.

I should also like to offer my condolences for the loss of your son.

Bye bye Clematis Cassis

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 18:18

Cut it back and give it a feed of liquid tomato food to encourage new growth.  Cross your fingers.



Posted: 28/07/2012 at 17:22

Detach as much as you can and just drape it over the border till you get the new fence panels in and can re-attach them.

Where you have to prune, make clean cuts just above leaf nodes to encourage new growth and reduce die back.   Give everything a feed of tomato food which is low in nitrogen but high in potassium which will encourage new flowers but not sappy green growth which could get frost damaged as it won't have time to ripen before the autumn frosts.

Welly boots

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 17:17

Get some more.  I have 3 pairs - one sized for bare feet or thin summer socks, one for one pair of thick socks and one for 2 pairs.   Great for assorted dog walking and gardening depending on the weather and protection from ants and nettles.

Plants for wet shady area facing North

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 15:17

I have one of these next to our terrace.  The soil is a good loam but damp all year and wet in winter despite a drain being built on the other side between it and the lawn and which becomes a "canal" in winter.  It gets sun early morning and late afternoon between April and early September as there's no shade apart from our north facing house wall.

Plants - Japanese anemone, hardy ferns, chelone, astible, aquilegia, tall white primulas and cowslips, hostas, hakonechloa grass, astilboides, lily of the valley.   I did also have molinia grasses but they were the wrong scale so have been moved to another damp bed near my unlined pond.   There are also two golden/bronze  dwarf conifers but I can't remember which and the lawn side is bordered by a low hedge of another blue/green conifer with a white mark on its needles - again, name unknown.  I put wildlife friendly slug pellets down in early spring and again at regular intervals until early summer and this deals with most of teh slugs so teh hostas don't get full of holes.


Have you seen one?????

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 13:13

Not a lot here either though they have competition for aphids form sparrows and tits feeding their young.  Not many butterflies either.  Quite a lot of bees buzzing about though.

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