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Posted: 26/04/2016 at 21:34

Peanuts.....can't stress this enough.  You need to build up the root system first.  Yes, they will then flower from mid summer.  Remove spent flowers as they fade.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:52

No GD, don't cut any leaves when flowering is over....remove the flowered stems to the base.

however, you don't have the so called christmas roses judging by your description.  They wont "die down naturally" but will make lots of new growth now.  Remove leaves in autumn to emable flowers to show well

give a generous feed and mulch now though 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:48

You ok Edd? 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:46

Peanuts,  I grow some of those

purpurea,, magnus are hardier types.......4 years plus on free draining soil

Vintage Wine is more tender ..3 years is optimistic.

don't know Crimson Star but expect it to be like VW.

i grow a few other varieties including Marmalade, Tiki Torch, coconut ice, hot papya all tenderish up country.  I grew several varieties from seed ......some have proved their worth; others not.  

echinaceas need to build up their root systems before flowering so I remove all flowers before mid summer.  This helps them to flower well thereafter and to build a rootsystem to help survive the winter. If you can't provide warm free draining soil echinaceas will struggle 



Posted: 26/04/2016 at 19:45

Ok aym, if you are prepared to wait check out the hellebore plugs from Ashwoods, despite my dislike of them.  You can still choose colours.  Be prepared to wait for 3 years or so before they flower though.  


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 19:28

Aym, a big no from me re buying hellebores from T&M and similar, or plugs (I detest).  Better to spend extra on 3 litre named colours from the specialists. Ok,,they are expensive but you get something good to flower in the colour you want.

pictures?  I think I posted some a couple of years of the double yellows is still out there uncut but going over I think now.  My local large yellow was cut back recently.  I will have a look tomorrow.if I remember 

Trouble with those late this year is that the plants have to share their vigour between leaf growth and flowers whereas when they flower in late winter/ early spring there are no leaves and just lots of flowers

'Feels Like' Temperature - does it affect plants?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 19:00

I asked one plant how it felt and it said "chili".......oops! I'll get my coat 

it's ok folks wont start my jokes again 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 18:58

I have a few nice yellows from Ashwoods, the one locally, a double pale yellow. ( doubles can be superb....have white, pink and purple too).   doubles create a lovely ruffled, layered  look from above that singles don't do

oops. Prob persuaded you to spend more money aym...sorreeeeee 

'Feels Like' Temperature - does it affect plants?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 18:04

Interesting question Jack.....I would say the "feel like" temperature does not affect plants as it does us.  "feel like"  can be the effect of fhe wind, for example, but at ground level I doubt the chill factor that affects us of the wind makes much difference.  It can actually keep frost at bay.

your 4 degree minimum temp Jack will actually be 4 degrees not zero as you might feel if to be.

one or two boffins on the forum I think so it will be interesting to see what their views are 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:55

Aym, from Ashwoods and other specialists but we have a famous hellebore breeder locally......Wendy Perry from Bosvigo House in Truro Cornwall.  She had an open day a few weeks back and I got to the head of the queue and located the best hellebore by my opinion.  Lovely large yellow with red centres.  

Use the horse manure then aym....those  "huge" leaves will help provide great flowers in late winter.  Not a fan of bonemeal but fish blood and bone is ideal 

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