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Posted: 17/12/2014 at 16:18

just to say Punkdoc keep as positive as possible....obvious but not easy.  I can get depressed and been in very bad places as most everyone does  and it's difficult during these cold dark months. Maybe the chink of light with the lengthening days next week! 


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 13:14

hiya Lyn, no I haven't .  Will now though.  A fairly local hellebore grower/breeder has an open day in early spring too.  I think she had some spectacular unusual ones last year.  Have to be disciplined now though........I have a nice balance right now throughout the garden .....they provide good foils for summer anything more will have to be special.  

Looking out for a dark green variety....not sure if a good one is available yet


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 09:04

Yes but I'm lazeeeeee Woody!  I do that too but some of the doubles do create a beautiful layered affect. A good double produces a full packed colour display.  I prefer single dahlias too Woody.  A mixture of single and double echinaceas, heleniums etc as well.  Room for both.

Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 08:57

Regular mulching should not produce a nitrogen deficiency. ,last year's' mulch will now be producing nitrogen, eto etc.  a heavy mulch of wood chippings around sprouts and other greens though will have a noticeable affect I think

Esspee, I don't like artificial fertilisers.  I would use something like fish blood and bone esp around food crops.

used to get loads of leaf mould but began to worry about importing diseasesMans other problems.  Bought in compost from Council too but the quality was not good.  Mushroom compost is good but I make sure it's used in autumn and washed by winter rains before crops are added to,the soil.  There are certainly worries about importing anything...compost or soil.  Even mpc is not always safe. 



Posted: 17/12/2014 at 08:47

Damp but mild.  Windy too.  my dog will enjoy his walk in a mo tho.

is petrol cheaper than water now?  Will,change to a meter soon but my water bills are £1100 a year.  Water bills in south west are highest in the country.


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 00:20

Cutting off leaves help prevents disease, enhances the display of flower buds through to flowers and, yes, helps plants look tidy.  

well, doubles look so good from ABOVE. I have a delightful double pale yellow that looks superb from my kitchen window.  A blue Corydallis next to it and who needs anything else for weeks and weeks of colour.  A double purple/pink with purple foliage near a single white hellebore I think looks stunning.  A dark double yellow, double white and a double delicate  pink too are stunning.  No need to bend down to turn up the flower to admire as you need to with many older singles either. 

Preposterous question....

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 00:07

Well, it's run well hasn't it?  Expected something harsh so good on you folks for being so sporty 


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 23:59

Villosum Busy?  Love that one.

its not just climate is it?  Or even micro climate?  Soils, aspect, prevailing winds, etc.,

can help make a plant invasive or "domesticated".  

Convolvulus maritima will take over down here.....climate, soil and aspect allow that ...but perhaps elsewhere this beautiful plant will die 

kerria is another mistake for me.  Invasive becoming more so over time


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 20:18

Been busy, busy day so prob not got this thread right

denise, regular least once a week.....a feed in spring, reseeding if necessary too.  An extra nitrogen feed in mid summer.  Raking in autumn and spiking if necessary.  may sound a lot but it's not spaced over a year and will provide a very good lawn.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:10

I have a few hellebores......30 prob more.  Many named varieties.  Doubles, singles, and some purple foliage varieties.  However, Berghill having a few hundred must be even more fascinated by them than I am.  Jury is out whether seaweed works or not ginagibbs.  Certainly those with black spot had their leaves removed and then sprayed and then again on new growth.  I need to monitor them next season too but I thought they did well after the spraying.  I have one bed in particular that produces a riot of colour from hellebores......will this year take a photo.

I pot up some seedlings....have had one excellent plant.....but generally I remove them when seen.  

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