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Can I plant Anna's Red hellebores now?

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 14:24

Hellebores are very, very tough Humblebee.  They thrive in cold weather.  I assume your hellebores were growing outside when you bought them and also that they were in reasonably large pots.

if they are sizeable plants I would plant out asap.  Get plenty of compost plus dried manure in that....generously dug....hole too.  Ideally mushroom compost.  A handful or two of granular organic fertiliser mixed in too.  Despite the rain water it in well. 

Since you may have cossetted it a bit by bringing it indoors I would throw a fleece over it if frost or very cold nights occur. 


Posted: 14/02/2016 at 14:17

What type of hydrangea Tracey? 

If it is the usual mac sort, follow Steve's  advice plus, to reduce size, select one or two of the oldest wood and cut them to the ground.  You can select more stems is you want to but these will not flower this year.  If you take out an old branch or two every year you will reduce size considerably 

you can cut the whole thing down to the ground too thus forsaking all the flowers for this and probably next year. roses !!

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 12:57

More than that have to be aware of rootstock taking over.  Union high and anything below is a "weed".  

a few years back I helped plant roses ....a dozen or so I guess.  All were planted as I then thought was obvious, viz., keeping union clear of the ground.  They have been performing very well ever since.  Still clean stems 

similarly with someone who was my boss at the time so very conscientious.  A garden full of roses all planted high. .....not by me.  

Any other views/ experiences? roses !!

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 12:01

so, plant roses deep to bury the graft union or not to keep union well above the ground for roses??

there is clearly a difference of opinion even from the experts.  

I have one rose...plenty enough for me ......that has its union maybe 3" below ground level.  This according to David Austin.  This morning an expert on the radio said to keep union high.  

my natural inclination is to avoid burying the in fruit or grafted shrubs

personally I see no reason to bury the union at all but, surely, by so doing the scion could be overrun? 


Plant food etc - opinions & recommendations please

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 11:47

maybe not a "feed" as such but epsom salts is part of my regime my slightly alkaline/neutral soil lupins always get a couple of sprays in spring.  Tomatoes, raspberries, camellias, rhodos, azaleas, peaches and blueberries too 

a dilute milk spray...calcium....on tomatoes a few times before any fruit set too 

Hellebore disappointment

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 08:10

All my doubles.and I have several....bore double flowers from the start.

the guaranteed way to get the type and colour of hellebore you want is to go to a specialisr grower and supplier like Ashwoods.  

Buy cheap and you wait for 2 to 4 years to see what you have.  It's about time too....enjoy your plants from year one 

a well known local hellebore breeder...Wendy Perry of Bosvigo Nurseries...has her open day next Saturday.  Plants to see and buy.     

Should I accept this?

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 20:36

Sorry Sparkles re hellebores ...wot am I like? 

Tomato variety

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 20:34

Gardeners delight can be grown as a bush variety.  for me it is the best tasting, best producing and most disease resistant tomato Jonesk.  Marshalls, suttons....they all provide online 

Growing Hakonechloa

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 19:12

Division is successful if reasonable size clumps are taken.  No need to dig up plants either.  a sharp spade is all you need to take pieces off 


Posted: 13/02/2016 at 18:37

Esp with white varieties.  

(I have a nice white camellia now flowering but it is, as,Philippa suggests, in a spot avoiding morning sun 

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