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Lifting hellebores

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 11:34

Cleo, take a look around your hellebores.  You are sure to see self sown seedlings.  Dig these up with nice little rootball and pot up. I try to use John innes but any compost will do.  Takes a couple of years ...maybe 3 ...to flower.  

I divide hellebores at any time but think spring is best after flowering. Try not to take small pieces and pot up in pots of a size to take the new plant.  Often you will need a large pot according to how big a clump you have.  

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 07:59

Plenty of warm sunshine this morning.

Not much time for gardening but will get in couple of large potted lupins, lettuce planted out and parsley pricked out 

Several cannas in large pots growing vigorously so they will be planted out soon.  Cannas are such a magnificent tropical feature from July onwards 

Azelea help 😕

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:11

Michelle, take it back and buy an outdoor variety.  Indoor varieties are not the easiest anyway.  You wanted an outdoor variety so get one.  It will be happy outside  in your ericaceous compost and improve year on year with minimal effort from you.  

Cutting Back Penstemons

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:06

Now is a good time to cut back penstemons...hard back to green shoots.  And use those pieces for cuttIngs.  Your best flowering plants will be next year....for me second  and third year plants are the best

Not sure about lavendars being buried like that.  Hmmmmmm!  Huge doubts.  Heathers yes.  Lavendars no.  Much better to buy fresh young plants with the vigour to flower well. I will be surprised if those buried lavendars survive. Please let us know 

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 22:58

Nice plants djjjuk

A lovely summer of flowers I think. 

Remember, spend as much on the hole as the plant so incorporate plenty of compost for each plant.  

Enjoy your planting at the weekend 

Azelea help 😕

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 21:18

Michelle, 

Welcome to the forum.  Welcome too to the club.......we have all been fooled like this.

Your indoor azalea is meant to remain indoors.  

You could simply put this down to experience and learn from it.  

Buy an outdoor variety from that garden centre and take your indoor one with you.  Explain your situation ....possibly ??ou may be allowed the cost towards an outdoor variety.  But get an outdoor one anyway.  Yes, acid soil is essential but is your garden soil acidic too?  Have you tested it with PH metre?  

You are not foolish ....you will laugh at this.  Good luck 

Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:56

Some of those hebes don't flower or flower sparsely but usually these are grown for their foliage.  Always best in the sun though.  I think timing is important too with the little 'uns.  When warm, even hot, I think hebes respond best.  They sulk if cold.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:52

Been largely a damp day but now it's roasting 

Got slightly root bound lupins for bargain price and potted them on.  Roots not too bad and they look decidedly healthy now.

Bought argyranthemums this morn in GC   These too were puny and dried up.  Saw manager who offered 50% off the already 50% marked prices.  Said they would be dead in 2 days so got them all for £1.   Still in bowl of water and hoping they will do something. 

Picked up Star Child dahlias today too from national dahlia  collection down here 

Gardening with the enemy

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:40

My enemy this morning....a mouse, vole (not up to full spec with my rodents) who ate the tops of my tulips.  Used to put a trap for them and caught one a day but they are such small things and my guilt was huge.  

Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 08:08

I prune them.   Salicifolia varieties are pruned after flowering.  The autumn flowering ones I prune in spring.  The smaller........pagei, subalpina, etc. are more difficult.  They are slow growing but suddenly get big and leggy so I trim these for shape in spring.  Generally, hebes seem to dislike drastic pruning into old wood.

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