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Posted: 27/04/2015 at 23:52

Why thank you Mr Edd 


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 23:51

June 20 seems a little optimistic for your sweet peas to produce many flowers Amy.  There are some experts here though so maybe I'm wrong.  If not, maybe we could suggest something else to produce  those flowers for you by then

Best herbaceous foliage

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 23:46

Maybe not everyone's cup of tea but I have quite a fondness for donuts,, I mean Persicara Red Dragon.......right now.  It is prob the brightest purple/red foliage of anything in the garden and will provide this colour all summer.  A cut back twice during the summer....not too much, perhaps by half......rejuvenates the colour.

any favourites or recommendations for,colourful herbaceous foliage?


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 23:36

Runny, It is always possible to lose flowers when planting. a different aspect, cold alien soil and even the mechanics of planting can have an affect.  did you have to loosen the roots?  


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 22:54

Bet she's bristling about that Edd ..........I'll get my coat 

helleborus help please

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 21:48

Don't think it is Runny.  Do,you spray your roses?  If so, you could spray hellebores too


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 21:45

I have a large azalea in a pot.  3 or 4 years ago it did not flower...the one and only time.  I found lots of small snails in and under the pot.  

Moving a Camellia plant

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 21:41

Wait for those buds to open if you want the flowers but then pot Asap.  Water well of course.  If you aren't too bothered about possibility of losing the flowers pot now.

Black on leaves

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 21:29

Aphids can affect shrubs in the open too.......I had an infestation on skimmia and variegated box few years back.  I washed with strong soap and hosed clean a few days later.  A systemic insecticide later helped eradicate further problems.

helleborus help please

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 21:24

However, be careful. take too many leaves right now and during the summer will weaken your plants and affect flowering later.  

I had hell black spot on several plants last year and removed a lot of leaves.  Those affected plants hardly flowered this year. the remaining hellebores flowered profusely.  

I'm aware of which hellebores are susceptible and they are part of a spraying programme.   Seaweed spray, Epsom salts and systemic fungicide/ neem oil.

its difficult.....the affected leaves will spread the spores so need to be removed.  

Assessing my own hellebores I concluded too that humidity is a factor in developing black spot....keeping hellebore leaves as dry as possible.

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