Latest posts by Verdun

Helibore leaves

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 18:57

Barbara, have you got the label?  You may have a christmas rose hellebore....white flowers!  I have flower buds on mine already.  "Christmas roses" flower much earlier than the usual hybrid hellebores that often flower at any time of the year including  the summer. 

if you have a christmas rose give it a mulch of bark chips to avoid rain splashing and spoiling the flowers to come.  If one of the hybrids give it a mulch of dried manure.  Remove the leaves of the hybrids now.  Don't remove the leaves of helleborus niger, the xmas rose though. 

So, the label helps a bit Barbara or post a picture 

Last edited: 20 October 2016 18:58:43

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 16:27 has been soooo warm.  Felt hot in my walled garden.  Is it really almost the  last week in October? 

Echinacea plant

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 16:07

No, take them off Jo.  Leave the leaves....they will just drop off.  You will see nothing through winter then so maybe a little marker, short cane to show you where it is 

How has this site changed your gardening?

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 13:59

No, hasn't really changed my gardening style or thinking.  

The forum is a good place to discuss a subject I enjoy though, to share thoughts with nice equally minded folk and learn the odd thing or too on the way.  I guess it makes me question my own attitude to gardening at times.......either confirming my own ways or offering me better options. 

Echinacea plant

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 13:52

No Jo, let it be.  Let it die down (dis) gracefully.  You can cut out the flowered stems though. It is a big leafy plant and needs as much goodness for as long as poss in any healthy leaves.  Mine are still looking good down here...Pink Spike and Brunette still have some flowers.

mine are large plants Jo..they get better year on year so I will mulch with dried manure mixed with garden compost in mid November 

Help to identify a grass

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 13:46

But I'm going to grow it Stanley .  Now I really want it .........

Books, catalogues, magazines or digital?

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 13:26

Love my ipad and the digital age.  Everything is immediate and easy.    In a hurry?  The digital stuff is so useful from price comparisons to opening times to availability of stock to variety of products to learning something fast to catching up with all the latest news and sport. 

books?    The feel of them, the smell of them cannot be beaten.  Can relax with a book;  cannot really do that with a tablet.

Digital info is often conflicting and misleading so needs to be checked a little more. 

Catalogues?  Yes nicer than the digital but choosing and ordering products is so much quicker online.

so, digital is a very big part of my newspaper is e version so recycling is not needed so less waste.  

Nice to have a book or two though 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 13:11

Blue sky, sun, no wind.  Lovely 

Camille leaves

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 09:35

Got the gist tho ........(though)  ....Papi  Jo and that's main thing 

hope our replies help kanedawn, my reason for responding 

Camille leaves

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 08:48


since the leaves are "healthy green colour" there is no problem with lime......camellias DO tolerate lime but not excessively so.  They grow well in my neutral soil.  Certainly more lime tolerant than azaleas, rhodos, etc.

the heavy soil too sounds ok.

a picture would be good to show what is causing leaves to curl.  

I would have kept it where it was.....if it is a small plant your camellia is unlikely to flower;  if your soil dried out in mid to late summer, despite being heavy clay, this would be enough to prevent your cwmellia from flowering.  If at planting time you did not loosen or break up enough soil this could prevent your plant from growing well too. incorporating compost too then makes a difference...did you do this kanedawn?

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