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plants or shrubs

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 16:55

Richard, dogwoods too for me.  Take cuttings of your own if you have them and just stick them in the ground.  No cost and they root quickly and compete well.

Is this raised border too small for black bamboo

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 16:52

Nut has said it all for me.  Would look silly there in a straight line.  A couple of climbers though?

Stipa tenuissima pony tails, moving, dividing etc.

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 16:48

These are easy to divide.  I actually do this even now.  However, I pot them up and grow on in the greenhouse.  They grow very quickly.  I would divide and mix plant with larger ones.  If replanting in the ground mix compost.....mpc is fine.....into the planting hole.  One thing though...if your ground is still cold or wet then wait a couple of weeks before putting back into the ground.  The greenhouse splits will grow away fine.


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 16:44

Hello Bill.....brrrrr, that's cold 

Anyone know how Fairy is?  Hope she is surviving up there 

milder day but pretty wet right now.  However, plants drying out in gh and comservstory and new shoots emerging on echinaceas today. ,

Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 13:13

Re Epsom salts. I've come to use this as a tonic on many plants.  Tomatoes, lupins can become chlorotic slightly in parts of my soil so Epsom salts is ideal for them, azaleas, etc in pots, camelias, hellebores cos I feel it helps, fruit bushes sometimes, etc.

the concentration is not crucial ......a teaspoon in a litre spray or tablespoon in 10 litres watering can.


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 13:03

Thank you....I'm feeling a little, just a little, better now knowing that 


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 12:24

It's alright Runnybeak.  I am recovering but it's going to be a long, long slog.  That bread and butter pud sounds really nice.  A large portion please considering  my current distress.....those sniffles are worrying Cream and custard would help a lot.    Will the custard be hot?  Custard should be nice and hot..........

Lovely morning  but now raining.  Clothes left too long on the line so back to square one. 

Ground Ivy in the Asparagus bed

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 08:58

CurlyCarly, does your weed look like common ivy but growing on the soil?  


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 08:56

Much warmer, lovely sunshine, no wind and dry.  Can't wait to get out for a walk to the beach.  Even my bug is on way out 

have good day folks 

Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 00:09

hiya wisehedgecrone,

I grow lots of hellebores.....there are some here though who grow hundreds so I'm humbled by their experiences.

add plenty of mushroom compost to your planting hole.....ideally mulch heavily with it too.  Hellebores are greedy so a good organic fertiliser is needed.  I spray with seaweed and Epsom salts too to help produce the best plants I can.

it is clear too we will suggest our own preferred ways of feeding.  For me a feed now is good or in autumn......both work for me.  Removing leaves in autumn too allows the emerging flower buds to be seen from the earliest possible to the latest possible.  

Ashwoods is the premier hellebore supplier.  Great named varieties and advice.  Choose your colour, choose single or double.

despite expert opinion over the years I realise hellebores are adaptable.  As long as soil is good, reasonably alkaline, does not get waterlogged or dries out in summer hellebores should grow well.  A spot the killer.  As far as I can work out high humidity in summer is one reason for this so an open site seems to produce healthier specimens.  

Go for it if you want to grow hellebores.....the orientallis types especially.  What better in late winter and early spring?  And lovely evergreen foliage for the rest of the year 

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