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Posted: 27/04/2016 at 07:52

Aym, most of mine are pretty good for not looking down and a couple are positively upward facing.  Buy good stock ...quality every time

Plant food advice

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 22:32

Helen, well, not to overfeed.  your soil is acidic?  

I would ideally mix in pine bark chips when you plant or ericaceous compost and mulch well.

your bedding plants will prob prefer a more alkaline soil though so a liquid feed once a fortnight will help them 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 22:25

Horse manure if not too fresh will be fine GD. 

Yep,,hellebores will make massive clumps....apart from the obvious flowers they make great foliage support to the summer flowering stuff 

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Posted: 26/04/2016 at 22:22

Edd, don't know you but I sense you have the strength to get through stuff....hope that is not patronising cos I don't do that 

climb a mountain?  I get giddy on top of a ladder 


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Posted: 26/04/2016 at 21:37



Posted: 26/04/2016 at 21:34

Peanuts.....can't stress this enough.  You need to build up the root system first.  Yes, they will then flower from mid summer.  Remove spent flowers as they fade.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:52

No GD, don't cut any leaves when flowering is over....remove the flowered stems to the base.

however, you don't have the so called christmas roses judging by your description.  They wont "die down naturally" but will make lots of new growth now.  Remove leaves in autumn to emable flowers to show well

give a generous feed and mulch now though 

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Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:48

You ok Edd? 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:46

Peanuts,  I grow some of those

purpurea,, magnus are hardier types.......4 years plus on free draining soil

Vintage Wine is more tender ..3 years is optimistic.

don't know Crimson Star but expect it to be like VW.

i grow a few other varieties including Marmalade, Tiki Torch, coconut ice, hot papya all tenderish up country.  I grew several varieties from seed ......some have proved their worth; others not.  

echinaceas need to build up their root systems before flowering so I remove all flowers before mid summer.  This helps them to flower well thereafter and to build a rootsystem to help survive the winter. If you can't provide warm free draining soil echinaceas will struggle 



Posted: 26/04/2016 at 19:45

Ok aym, if you are prepared to wait check out the hellebore plugs from Ashwoods, despite my dislike of them.  You can still choose colours.  Be prepared to wait for 3 years or so before they flower though.  

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