Verdun


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Anyone growing Colocasia Black Coral?

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:33

anyone growing this plant?  

how black?  How much of a statement is it for you if any? 

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:26

Yep, I have a few whites too, even double whites.  Love em.  Agree about summer flowering...I often remove flowers then as they are usually obscured by summer perennials 

Football

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:22

Derby will lose I'm afraid David.  Man United dare not lose so will play like a team from the lower divisions, viz., with guts and energy.  Fingers crossed for Derby 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:20

Did you swear there KEF?    I am shocked 

Murray was lucky.....very lucky.  His opponent was injured.  However Djokovic will have an extrq day's rest as well as being unbeatable (by Murray anyway)   If Murray wins I will give every member here a ...vnfjskdneiv aka,dks,ka......oops! Typing has gone awry 

after a dampish day it is now raining hard ....settle in my recent planting.  Fine day tomorrow though 

how to weaken vigorous grass

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:11

Hmmm, at first I thought you allowed your grass to grow too long ...and therefore form flower heads but you say you cut it regularly

Ironically your problem is the opposite to that many of us have in that we feed to encourage growth.

I would cut every week...I cut mine twice a week....with grassbox.  Eventually during the summer growth should slow down.  I wouldn't feed either.

a few years back there was a product....Cutlass rings a bell!....to reduce grass growth.  However, not something I would ever want to use 

 

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:03

I much prefer the orientallis types Nut but Niger is just a tad earlier in most years so worth the trouble 

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 18:46

You"re welcome flowers in the rain.  Niger has a reputation for being difficult sometimes....not,the easiest of the hellebore family.  

Not too near the hedge though....Niger is a little greedy   

Grass problem

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 18:43

Fridgeman, I would lightly rake the surface when ground is drier and aim to re seed bare patches in mid March.   also to apply a granular feed at same time.

some may recommend you spike your lawn now but I prefer not to do that at this time of year.

if your lawn tends to get boggy....you will see for yourself how it averages out by mid summer.....I would incorporate spiking as an annual regime for September time.

with re seeding, feeding and better growing conditions soon your lawn will recover 

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 18:27

Mushroom compost is ideal for most hellebores incl  Niger.  A generous addition of,this to your clay will help break it down and provide the alkilinity it needs.  Can you provide some taller planting to help protect from hottest sun and strongest winds? 

 

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 18:17

Definitely plant them out flowers in the rain.  They are yellowing because they are prob a little rootbound and dry.  Cut off spent flowers....watering will help those buds to open.

lightly loosen the roots if they are tight and water in really well.  Sun or shade makes no difference unless the site is in a hot spot in summer.  Mix dried manure or mushroom compost into the planting mix

finally a mulch of grit or chippings is good for H. Niger.  rain splashing mud onto the blooms spoils them...chippings avoids this.

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