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Posted: 03/06/2014 at 13:49

Hiya Bal, look like Sternii type hellebores. They are different to the showy spring flowered orientalis I like to grow but I also grow Sternii ....variety itself long lost to me.

This does not get black spot, as far as I know, is very easy to grow and less demanding.  It flowers slightly differently from thick stems too. Not so important to remove these flowers but I do as soon as flowering is over to remove those thick stems.  The plant looks better for it, remains compact and avoids any tendemcy to legginess.  It will produce a nicer flowering plant next year. in addition a not pruned plant becomes increasingly ugly year on year.  

Apart from the orientalis types I also grow Corsicus....different again in having pale green flowers and pale green serrated folkage ....bigger too. 

Black polythene

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 13:23

Agree with Steve.  I would get the compost in in the autumn 

However, if you have acid soil I would carefully consider keeping it acidic.  What a womderful range of ericaceous plamts you could then grow there.  Apart from rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmias, camellias you can grow summer heathers, pieris, andromeda, lilies and several acid loving perennials 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 13:09

Orchid lady, I do exercises in my car too.  Press ups amd leg squats 

Thats nice Dove, taking those plants to the Mencap home.  Plants are therapeutic I think.  I was considering Mind as a volunteer last year and it was proposed I took a couple of gardening sessions......advising, helping, etc.  

Busy morn but intended to plant out a couple of rows of lettuce later. The first produced huge lettuce.  Just had a brief shower but sun is emerging  again.  

Enjoying a lunch of cheese n cucumber and watching stipa gigamtea sway in the light bweeze.   Glad the wain has gone 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 08:07

I remember a guy growing aeoniums outside in his garden overlooking the beach at Perranporth.  They were huge and dominated his garden.  Mine survived outside this yesr and occasionally do.  

Christine Walkden

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 08:02

Christine Walkden had her own series a few years back.  Nice, comfy feel about it but informative too. ,I can see the tv programme makers wrongly judging her as not "attractive" or "young" enough..........!!!  

Glyphosate - possible problems?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:47

Me mum grew loads of veg and used a chemical called Bromophos......surely it's now banned?  ......around carrot seed.

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:44

I nip around most nights with torch and salt solution.  Quicker now because they seem less  but I focus on heleniums, lupins, leucanthemums, dahlias and echinaceas as these seem to be the targets right now.  Last night a nice big slug settled on helenium but I got him. 

My feeling is that during mid summer damage is less......hopefully drier and hotter and plant leaves are tougher.....but approaching September the slugs attack again.  

I think Daisy is right....the mild wet winter must have been great for slugs and snails.


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:31

Morning folks.

Hey, got giraffes here in the back garden Lesley.  They roam wild on towans nearing the beach.  

Humid again.....some rain maybe today.

Talk of culling seals down here.  They are eating nearly all fish in the nets.  Choice or seals?


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 23:47

Hello Marg. 


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 23:46

As flowers fade I remove the whole stem to the base.  

A mulch ideally of mushroom compost during summer or autumn after a fish blood and bone feed

A,seaweed spray once or twice in the summer.  Epsom salt spray in spring on the new leaves 

Removal of any infected (with helleborus Black spot) leaves, includIng stems, to,the ground when seen in summer 

Removal of all leaves in,September or October.

Bal, I usually remove flowers during the summer if I see them but when the flowers are fading remove whole stem.

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