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Hellebores - when to feed

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 07:46

Thanks fior your advice Verdun, with 40 odd hellebores in your garden I am green with envy!!  I think the plants I have growing near my hellebores have been greedy too so a feeding regime is to start as soon as the weather warms up.  The ground here is frozen.  Can one feed when the ground is frozen?  Also which is the best type of feed, granules or liquid.  I have been sprinkling multi purpose feed granules throughout the borders last autumn which may be the reason my daffs look so good this year.  

How do I get rid of Ivy from the rockery?

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:08

Hi, can anyone please give me a solution as to how I can get rid of ivy that is growing through my rockery, it is killing off the plants I wish to grow there and it is rooting all over the place, even in the lawn.  Any advice is welcome.  Thanks.

WEATHER this week

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 23:16

When is the wintry weather going to end, it is milder here is West Wales but... soo wet.  Was hoping to get my early peas planted outside but will have to wait a few more days. So will have to watch a few more gardening programmes on TV, may bake a cake!!

Where is everybody from...

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 11:55

Hi all, it seems we like to read these posts to get more insight to people posting on forums.  I live in West Wales near the sea which can be windy but mostly milder than the rest of the UK.  As my garden borders a main road I have planted lots of New Zealand Flax interspersed with small green conifers.  They were planted some 6 years ago when in 2ltr pots and they are now approx 5-6ft tall and provide a good barrier from traffic.  I have reduced the size of the lawn and increased the borders with shrubs and perennials to reduce mowing and save electricity.  I still like the lawn bit it does dry out if we get a hot summer as on a bit of a slope.  Last summer the grass remained lush as loads of rain through the whole season.  I hope we all get a good summer this year after one of the coldest winters on record.  

Hellebores - when to feed

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 11:28

Thanks cilmeri, I must feed mine as well.  I will have a go at planting the little plantlets as I really love hellebores.  One real survivor in my garden is the bergena which is one of the first to bloom amongst the daffs and crocus.  Good luck with the white hellebores.

Hellebores - when to feed

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 08:25

Hi everyone and I am so glad to find this thread.  I planted several hellebores outside a few years ago - some red and some white ones.  Only the white ones have survived and this year only one of those has bloomed and this is the one that is near a stone wall with perhaps drier soil around it.  Can anyone please let me know why I have lost the red ones, can it be where they were planted? Thanks.

Seed pods on New Zealand Flax

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 19:56


Hi Gary,  I have not fed my New Zealand Flax either and they are flourishing, but... one of them which has now flowered two years in succession has really been suffering.  I am attaching two pics to show the degree of the problem, I have cut out all the yellow and dead spiky leaves and it seems to be trying to grow some leaves from the base.











Posted: 06/09/2012 at 23:13

Hi all of you who have replies and thanks.  If it is a fox then I am surprised as I live in an urban area with a busy road nearby.  But.. I shall try your suggestions, in particular I will enroll my husband in contributing some urine, ha ha... It will certainly make an interesting smell around the walls and fences but if it keeps my precious lawn clear of poo it will be worth it. After all, my husband is the man of the house and if the fox can realise that it will keep away. I shall let you know if it works.  By the way Daintiness, I think your name is very interesting as well. All the best.


Posted: 06/09/2012 at 19:58

Hi everyone, I am at my wits end with a cat, I think its a cat... pooing on my lawn.  I have tried plastic bottles half filled with water which I have to remove to mow and then replace, they are not much good though as the cat still goes around them to make a dreadful mess, and the smell!!! wow so awful.  I am growing lavender in the hope it will deter the cat also spray lavender oil as it does not seem to damage the grass.  Can I put coffee grounds on the grass, I am going to try tea bags with muscle oil.  I feel like getting rat poison and putting that on some fish .... but do not want to go there.  Why don't cat owners keep their flippin cats at home to do their mess.

Seed pods on New Zealand Flax

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 09:29

Yes, the flowers do not last long and then they turn brown and produce large seed pods.  I do think all this process is not good for the original plant.  The leaves turn yellow and the whole plant looks a bit sad.  I shall send some pics so that the different varieties can be viewed.  My green flax have a variegated cream borders and two of these have flowered.  The other is a lower growing one which has some pink and cream on the green leaves.  It is amazing the size of the flowers, I had to use loppers to cut them down as they were so woody and thick.

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