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What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 11:42

Sounds brilliant value Berghill. 

I do tend to buy varieties I really want and then divide them.  They are then cost effective.  

Plants are very expensive now but if bought during the dormant season can be a lot cheaper....I.e. may be smaller but will grow quickly in spring.  As always, shop around.

Re the hellebores at hayloft, they are so small that another year or two passes before they flower. It is TIME.    For me, it is better to buy flowering size plants for NOW.  You can actually see the flower colour too on arrival sometimes.  Interestingly, hayloft often offers plugs in threes for same cost I can purchase a full size plant for  in a 3 litre pot.  By the time hayloft plugs flower I may have my own seedlings.  Its not just with hellebores......they have same system with most of their perennials.  I bought new varieties of agastache last year for less than hayloft charged for their plugs.  My agastaches provided fantastic show all summer and I now have divided them and planted them in 1 litre pots to,provide an even better display next year. 

Hellebores apparently resent being divided but I find they respond very well to it without affecting the flowering.

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 11:34

Sounds brilliant value Berghill. 

I do tend to buy varieties I really want and then divide them.  They are then cost effective.  

Plants are very expensive now but if bought during the dormant season can be a lot cheaper....I.e. may be smaller but will grow quickly in spring.  As always, shop around.

Re the hellebores at hayloft, they are so small that another year or two passes before they flower.  For me, it is better to buy flowering size plants for NOW.  You can actually see the flower colour too on arrival sometimes.  Interestingly, hayloft often offers plugs in threes for same cost I can purchase a full size plant for  in a 3 litre pot.  By the time hayloft plugs flower I may have my own seedlings. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 08:52

Couldn't send pm yesterday but could later....so hit n miss.

Look, I think they are sorting out technical issues gradually.  Main thing is we can still communicate on the forum 

Shall I hack my Verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 08:47

Michael, think that's just lynn's avatar.  

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 08:45

No outdoor girl.  Leave them alone.  They need those small leaves 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 08:36

Hello forkers

New gardening progs always welcome 

Quiet, cloudy amd still mild but all change later today

Have good day folksm

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 01:42

Can do both.  Spraying is best though I think.  Seaweed is a tonic more than feed though. Available in garden centres.  Wouldn't use it now though.  Wait until spring

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 01:38

Hiya red dahlia

I cut off every  leaf now. Two reasons...firstly any diseased leaf is removed ( they are susceptible to helleborus black spot that disfigures the plant). Secondly, the new fat flower bulbs start to emerge in January and you can see them better without the old leaves. These  flower buds extend to 60 plus cms over the next few weeks producing flowers in white, pink, red, and a whole host of others in between.

Ashwoods and woottens are 2 excellent companies.  Go for plants in at least 2 litre size, 3 litre is better.  They may be expensive, relatively, but last for years and they are very addictive. I have more than 40 different varieties and from mid jan to May there is nothing more colourful

When you plant them give them lots of compost.....mushroom compost is perfect.  Dappled shade and good soil.  

Helleborus orientalis varieties are the ones to go for 

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 23:01

Zoomer, interesting.

A friend of mine kills nothing or controls anything.  Her plants were decimated by slugs,  snails and rabbits.  Early this year I suggested she spray her plants with seaweed extract.  Her plants have thrived without any serious attack. 

I have used raw seaweed for years ....not so much lately as its harder now to get....and the salt and texture were great natural deterrents.  However, seaweed spray  is,  I feel, very effective.

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 22:01

My method too but nighttime only.  

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