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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 

How long till I get my lavender hedge?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:47

Cuttings for me if you want a uniform hedge.  

Feeling deflated as a first gardener

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:41

We push things at this time of year because the time is going fast.  Suddenly it will be late spring and we will moan because we are late. 

some common sense but some risk taking too is needed.  If we can get seeds sown and planting done and they respond well we are ahead if the game and jobs done 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:21

What an unusual year for my hellebores.  Just cut a couple down now.....sounds barmy but I don't let seeds fall to spoil my clumps.....that were huge.  purple flowers with yellow centres about 4' tall on very thick stems.  Others were early,,some hsve not flowered and others have just started.  Exactly why I don't really know but suspect the extra mild and wet winter

This year, esp, I have mulched generously with manure, compost, fish blood and bone and pelleted chicken manure plus some mushroom compost all thoroughly mixed.  I wont allow any summer flowers at all and expect super things from all of them next winter.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:12

Sunny and dry and warm out of the wind. the wind though is cold.  Right now the wind has fallen light ...ominous for tonight then with the clear skies   In the west it has been good today but the east of Cornwall has has sleet, snow and rain. 

it is quite a mixture of weather 

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