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Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:09

Boooooooooootiful day here 

just had a pm and someone has a birthday on the 8th so I will bump up the appropriate thread


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 13:45

You can move them now.....they have very large and heavy root systems so dig generously and water well

i grow several hellebores and a few of them developed helleborus black spot.  However, I think it's the dampness around the leaves that helps the disease.  In drier places my hellebores are fine.  I am trying seaweed and Epsom salt sprays to see if they do anything against black spot but will also be trying neem oil (thanks to Bee witched who made us aware of it)   I have researched this product and it looks promising 

My alstromeira keep growing

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 13:40

They do flower for a very long time.  They will have their dormant period though.  For me mid to late summer is when they die back to appear again in early autumn

Do nothing.  A hard frost will check them no doubt before spring

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 08:33

Lyn, I was thinking much the same thing 

it's difficult for you isn't it?  And your emotional dilemma how to treat your mum doesn't help does it?  I look back a few short months ago to when my mum had her stroke.  Prob would have been better, for her, if it had been a fatal one.  A huge shock to the rest of us though.

the doctor and I have agreed mum's treatment should be about her comfort and care with no investigative procedures etc.  

clari, mum does have complan  but nothing much tempts her.  

best wishes to all having issues right now 


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 08:26

Hello everybody

still mild and a good day is in prospect 


Hedge - Escallonia???

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 00:32

Keep forgetting Obelixx it's so mild here.  Don't often lose much.  Still got pelargoniums outside in flower

Hedge - Escallonia???

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 00:04

Escallonia grows everywhere down hedges, specimens eTc.  I too grow Iveyii but it, like all escallonias, can be kept neat and small.  It flowers easily and repeatedly so pruning only alters when.

escallonia recently has suffered from disease issues  ......however, they seem to have overcome them over past 2 years down here

for a hedge consider lonicera nitIda Baggesons Gold.  Beautiful olive foliage with lovely yellow arching shoots.  Easily trimmed ....mine are as conical shapes.  

Golden privet is a lovely evergreen too...butter yellow new shoots and easily contained.

Pittosporum Garnetti too is worth considering.  Lovely grey variegated leaves with a hint of pink at times

potentillas too make good flowering hedges as do hypericum hidcote.  Not evergreen but retain a Woody structure over winter.

Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 22:03


ypur potting shed?  Does it have good light?  A dark shed is not good.  Frost free yes but not dark.  dry but not dried out compost

i would remove flowers and flower stems and generally clean up the plants and pots.  Not ideal time to cut plants back right now

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:04

Hiya runnybeake

good today at care home and doctor.  Mentally my mum  isn't too bad but physically v frail. Another course of antibiotics is prescribed ...thinks the blood,coughed up may be because she has been coughing a lot. Mum doesn't eat much at all so cannot see how she can sustain herself.  Thought I would take in some Actimel tomorrow only because she used to like the taste and it might also be good for her..??

yes Bitterknitter I agree with the talking and showing care to her.

Moving gooseberries

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 17:45

Bee to me.  Will,check it out 

where do you get it?  

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