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do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 19:21

The fun, Fairy, is in seeing those big fat coloured buds emerging from the ground.  .  With foliage you would not see them. 

Does no harm whatsoever to remove leaves but I do remove summer flowers....they are lost when surrounding summer perennials are flowering anyway.  Removing summer flowers helps hellebores to build up for their season of flowering 

Dahlias 7 feet high ! whats going on?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 18:05

Bit of a problem to deadhead that one 

What are your fav salvias, heucheras and hardy geraniums

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 18:02

Oh heck.  So many.

salvias......guanajuato and all the other patens group.  Ulignosa, Amistad, Embers Wish, Waverley, Leucanthemum, and a cutie called cacalifolia

Heucheras, those I grow ...Black Taffeta, the blackest of them all, Berry Smoothie, Obsidion, sugar Plum, Marmalade, Venus, chocolate Ruffles, and Blackberry Jam. There are hundreds to choice from though

hardy geraniums...well,,Rozanne of course but Orion is a nice blue, Elke is truly unique when you see it and it flowers for a long time.  Ann Folkhard for its yellow on the leaves (looks like the sun's shining on it) , long flowering magenta flowers and wide spreading habit.  Pink Ice has nice pinky brown foliage and pink flowers, and Coombland White, an upright almosf double flowered white.  Wargrave Pink is an old variety but here it is evergreen and flowers forever.  I have to add Black Beauty a compact neat variety with very dark, almost black, foliage and gentian blue flowers.  It is a delight.  Put it next to a yellow mound like campanula Dicksons Gold or heuchera cotronelle or a white dianthus....nice! 

My flowers ..

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 17:29

No aym...keep them in the ground unless I want to divide them.  that is one I divided last autumn but it has to be one of the purest whites I think. 

Vine weevil

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 17:25

On the other hand astilbes are pretty much resistent to weevils 

do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 17:21

Dahlias 7 feet high ! whats going on?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 17:00

Mousekin, here most of my dahlias are well over 5', some over 6'. Quite normal.  I assume he has staked them esp with stormy weekend approaching.

it also depends on variety ...there are dwarf ones too of course. well as growing conditions.  

do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 15:48

I start doing this in October.

not only does the lack of foliage present the flowers better but removing the leaves helps keep H. Black Spot at bay. 

A good mulch then too 

My flowers ..

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 15:42

Bloomin' drizzle now ...enough to keep me inside but not enough to water the garden; yet!  

couple of whites..........fond of white flowers here and there

Wot did I get?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 15:38

No...none of those 

ok thanks PD, might go for one of the green varieties then.  The black foliage appealed though . Yet to come across anyone growing it 

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