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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:43

Written those down and will google them later hosta...had already checked out majesty and like it a lot.  

asked before, I know, but why not start a hosta nursery?  You divide them anyway?

Runny, I know what you mean about wyevale prices for shears.  I took a friend down there few weeks back and was astonished at their prices.  They may be "upmarket" but not orth it.  Got Lidls own for a fraction of the price incl 3 year warranty .

Sweat peas dying

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:16

Think you have already sussed it Jerrybone.  They are drowning ...the colder nights recently have made that wet (already cold) soil even colder. 


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:13

Fair point Topbird......agree with Lou.  That will look sensational . Prob a third of your number of hellebores but I think people forget how good they are as foliage plants in the summer

I don't mind spending money on something I really want.....missed my opportunity to get a double black last year but I will go for it later this year and it will cost me.  Next to  a double white will that look in late winter?  

yes, I split hellebores too so I don't know who decided you cannot.  Prob same people who say you can't divide peonies 


What is your weather like?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:07

Heck!     Sunny again here   Cold wind but sheltered in the garden.  And dry.  

Feel so sorry for you folks in the rain, sleet and snow.   If I could swap I.............



would not 

How long till I get my lavender hedge?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:04

Redwing, it's the unique properties lavendar....any plant...takes from the soil that is denied to the next planting of lavendar.  Not just about replacing nutrients I think.

replacing st least some of the soil is essential if anyone intends to replant again with lavendar.

however, Redwing, I too am a great believer in mulching but it varies from plant to plant.  My aeoniums, for example, are mulched with mpc ....I know it has a few weeks' supply of fertiliser but it soon dissipates....or garden compost.  Hostas have compost mixed with dried manure and fish blood and bone.  Mulching to keep weeds down as well as feeding. 

My replacement lavendar hedge is growing very fast and I expect it to flower well this year from planting last autumn.  Not one to photograph my own garden too much but I will post a picture in the summer....(if it flowers )


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:33

Forget Hayloft aym.  ashwoods are THE guys to buy from.    Resist collections...choose exactly what you want 

You may well get flowers sooner than 3 years but remove them.  hellebores will be all the better for it subsequently.

those leaves are good.  Bigger the better to feed those enormous roots.....have you ever lifted hellebores from the ground?  Big, big root system 

When you ordered a plant last year...

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:27

Ok!  Worth a try   Agree, P Aureus is lovely and scented flowers too in June 

Help! I think my plants are dying!

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:25

Have you been watering a lot lately midnightvelvet?  Had it been hardened off....was it outside in the garden centre or protected?  Your hebe would not have enjoyed too much watering either, esp right now 

On the other hand,since they have only been in for 3 weeks lift your plants and check the rootballs.....are they dry?  Or rootbound?

if everything looks ok then I would say the plants are suffering right now from cold winds etc. so should improve in a few weeks

I think people have an obsession to feed their plants all the time...phostrogen is not great anyway at this time of year.  Still cold for plants to want to grow much.  Always better to feed the planting time mix in compost etc., and then mulch.

your ex potted plants!  Good to loosen the roots and good to water them well now but don't keep watering or feeding them.  Same as before, put compost and slow release fish blood and bone in the soil. 



When you ordered a plant last year...

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 13:31

Ha ha.  That philadelphus is 15' high and across. 

hmmm! Dilemma now looks so good where it is lighting up a darkish corner.  Now thinking of a spot next to it. maybe a hydrangea could make way 


Meconopsis Betonicifolia

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:55

Hopefully Punkdoc is reading this....he can grow them.  Imposdible down here.  Moisture is another factor too plus being cool 

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