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Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:33

Forget Hayloft aym.  ashwoods are THE guys to buy from.    Resist collections...choose exactly what you want 

You may well get flowers sooner than 3 years but remove them.  hellebores will be all the better for it subsequently.

those leaves are good.  Bigger the better to feed those enormous roots.....have you ever lifted hellebores from the ground?  Big, big root system 

When you ordered a plant last year...

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:27

Ok!  Worth a try   Agree, P Aureus is lovely and scented flowers too in June 

Help! I think my plants are dying!

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:25

Have you been watering a lot lately midnightvelvet?  Had it been hardened off....was it outside in the garden centre or protected?  Your hebe would not have enjoyed too much watering either, esp right now 

On the other hand,since they have only been in for 3 weeks lift your plants and check the rootballs.....are they dry?  Or rootbound?

if everything looks ok then I would say the plants are suffering right now from cold winds etc. so should improve in a few weeks

I think people have an obsession to feed their plants all the time...phostrogen is not great anyway at this time of year.  Still cold for plants to want to grow much.  Always better to feed the planting time mix in compost etc., and then mulch.

your ex potted plants!  Good to loosen the roots and good to water them well now but don't keep watering or feeding them.  Same as before, put compost and slow release fish blood and bone in the soil. 



When you ordered a plant last year...

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 13:31

Ha ha.  That philadelphus is 15' high and across. 

hmmm! Dilemma now looks so good where it is lighting up a darkish corner.  Now thinking of a spot next to it. maybe a hydrangea could make way 


Meconopsis Betonicifolia

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:55

Hopefully Punkdoc is reading this....he can grow them.  Imposdible down here.  Moisture is another factor too plus being cool 


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:53

Google isn't always correct on things.  When you google aspirin ...or anything....try to focus on well accredited 

yes, the cheese and mice thing did register, eventually, 

(I have a bit of a reputation for leg pulling though......great fun esp if you can keep it going) 


HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:40

Hosta, what varieties?  Did you select them or did your nurseryman suggest them?

(it is very tempting to browse plant catalogues.  Bowdens hosta cat arrived today. ! )

When you ordered a plant last year...

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:31

Just checked it out.  £30 from local but famous Burncoose Nurseries for a 5 litre plant.  Will pick it up later this week.

keen, since it is your fault could you pay half for me?   


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:26

Sophie, I have been kidded a few times.  One ancient tomato grower who grew the best tomatoes ever gave me plenty of "advice" retrospect he was protective of his methods.  He told me to add vinegar when watering my tomatoes to give nice sharp taste.  Believable!  Also to addd cubes of cheese around each plant.....calcium he said.  I think I might have sheepishly done that but never  convinced. 

Judge your neighbour by his garden and humour him a little. I have a feeling you could learn an awful lot from him 

When you ordered a plant last year...

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 12:01

Keen, firstly a lovely plant.  Something I don't have but want.  The fragrance is to die for.  As I recall it needs pampering with plenty of goodness added not just in the planting hole but also around it.

when I considered it (last year) I had a spot giving it space, shelter and moist soil. It meant me removing a philadelphus aureus as it provided same conditions.  Your post has motivated me to do this now.......end of summer job but I will seek out the plant asap and pot it on for now  

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