Verdun


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Lovely weather for December - Sorry late April

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 13:39

Busy driving all morning around the Lands End peninsula.....beautiful day, big turquoise sea, blue sky, rugged cliffs,  and picture postcard scenery.  

So, Perki, a lovely day for April 

Sweat peas dying

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 13:25

That's good....can't lose our expert on sweet peas 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 13:22

Joyce, glad you like them 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 13:18

Dove and Wonky, sorry to hear about your loss.  

Hope you are coping well 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 09:41

Could we have some free gifts Nora to celebrate the new style?  

Sounds good 

Azalea

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 09:38

Several poss reasons....frost.  A mild winter followed by a few nights of spring frost can be davastating.

snails.......small snails can nibble flowers.  First noticed this a few years back

but I suspect your azalea may have been too dry in summer....possible?  It will abort any inclination to produce flowers.  

Sweat peas dying

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 09:25

Morning Lily....no, sorry.

 Maybe taking a break ?    I think one or two have too.  

Hellebores

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 07:43

Can only advise.   

Planting dahlia tubers

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 23:29

Lantana, the Bishop is a large plant.  It is also a foliage plant with its purple foliage so delightful even before it flowers.

my view is dig  them up, pot them up, put in the greenhouse and start to water sparingly. put in pots big enough to accommodate the tubers and cover the tubers with compost but do not bury the stem. when you see roots emerging from the bottom of the pot then pot on again into a bigger pot but leave outside and start watering well without saturating. i would pot on again to produce an even bigger plant.

my experience is that those little tubers will produce sizeable plants come the summer to fill your allocated spaces 

Hellebores

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:45

We crossed there aym

Re helleborus black spot......this develops during the growing season and can be a real problem.  My view is it is exacerbated by damp humid conditions so removing flowered stems asap helps air circulation thus reducing disease.  I have experimented too over past couple of years and had success with neem oil sprays to prevent disease.  I add seaweed spray too....always a good tonic. Keeping soil clean and clear of debris helps too as does a mulch after cutting back.  A total cut back of all leaves in late autumn with a further mulch helps too....plus allowing flowering stems without leaves to appear in late winter and spring.

It's worth noting that hellebores, if grown well, make large  plants.  i have a reasonably big garden and prob have maybe 30 hellebores.  Apart from wanting a double black this is enough for my size of garden.  The average person does not want or have room for lots of hellebores so buying lots of them is neither sensible nor practical If other plants are grown too.  One reason why buying loads of plugs is simply not a good idea.  Plus, the hellebores we do have will seed readily thus greatly extending the number of hellebores we have.  Less is more here 

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