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GardenIng jokes

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 20:44

Thanks dove.  You're not just humouring me now are you?   (do like these smilies now I can use them)


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 20:42

A friend of mine would never let me cut her buddleias down despite being too wide n tall....encroaching pathways.  However, they are now cut half way each year and bird feeder stands are located close by.  Plenty of birds visit and it seems to be a good compromise.  

Not a happy Helleborus

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 20:37

Hmmmm!   Maybe 3' then.  Some of my purples are very tall though.  I guess I may have exaggerated at 4'.   Out of interest I will take a measurement.....we are talking flower,height here.   But I am just a simple man   ......if any  are 4' I will brag 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 19:23

Hey Verdun .....that was a cracking joke.   


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 19:16

Agree with nut Vicky.  It's not good to keep dead stuff in the garden.  That pittosporum will be easy to dig up ....dig and pull.  Then you can decide what to plant in its place.  Pittosporum will not provide a support for too long....its dead branches become brittle quite quickly.  Not another pittosporum though.  The birds will still have their bird feeders won't they?  How about a hebe...salicifolia type...which is fast growing or a buddleia (although not evergreen it maintains a shape until pruned in spring )?

Not a happy Helleborus

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 18:57

I feel sadly superfluous....ha ha. 

Phasmid, warm welcome to the forum. ,the advice above is what I would have given.  Hellebores do look less than perfect at this time of the year for different reasons...diseased leaves, eaten leaves, battered leaves etc.

Its not crucial exactly when you cut off those leaves but anytime in Ocfober to early December I think is best.  In late wimter the huge flower buds will appear at soil level and continue to grow to about 2 to 4' feet when they finally flower in early spring.  For me they start in late December.  The flowers will appear then the leaves so flowers will be beautifully and "nakedly" displayed....!

If you cut those leaves off mark the crowns with short cane.  Remove all dead and dying leaves, clean the area and give a feed of organic fertilser and a mulch of compost or dried manure.

You may be surprised to see,what else comes up in your garden so just let each new season,come and go.

For me hellebores are addictive.  A wide range of colours ..... doubles and singles too.  Evergreen foliage and they get better every year.  Nice with bulbs too.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 16:19

Hey!  Just thought of this


Whats the the most miserable dessert?

Apple Grumble.    Good eh?  

Qqqqqqqquite exciting........

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 16:12

I say.....have you dared to offend me Stacey?  Dont you know who I my own mind?    Must say the chilli farm sounds intriguing.  

Only prob getting more plants and keeping in pots is where do I keep them(?).  Already got temporary shelf to put in conservatory, got GH .....albeit a small, hexagonal one.....and  will erect a small polytunel over spare part of veg patch to protect plants.  Fleece too to cover hardier stuff to keep off pests etc And all the tender perennials have gotten pretty big.  Will split some of them and pot up these. 

Will be ordering daffs, allium purple sensation, and lilies so the qqqqqqqqqqqquite exciting factor will continue

Qqqqqqqquite exciting........

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 10:27

Never had great success with standard fuschias......few years back I had one trained beautifully.  Then strong winds in the summer broke the stem. Frustrating.  Didn't think to support it....what a plonker when I look back!  Currently growing one with intention of it flowering next year. Gardenjeannie,  I think it's because fuschias grow so easily down here that they aren't valued so me, anyway.  Familiarity breeding contempt?  But they are beautiful plants.  

"decorative" plants are addictive.   You will want more and more and...................


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 08:44

Morning folks

Enjoyed gardenersworld too last night.  ESP re echinaceas, one of my favourites.  However, wanted to pick up some expert tips on growing them so,disappointed a little that didn't happen

Bit drizzly thus morn.  Expecting sun to appear though.

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