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removing flowers from helebore

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 09:05

Forgive my quirky humoured previous reply. All of the above explains what I chose to omit, but personally, I would allow Hellebores to set seed if only because you cannot have enough of this elegant and garden worthy plant and I rarely say no to a free plant!

I do believe removing old leaves is useful because they can carry fungal diseases or hide emerging flowers and foliage in late winter, although I'm not sure what time of year this job is done.  

I'm a newbie with Hellebore and am still reaserching them

bee or wasp?

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 08:59

Whatever it is, 3 days detention in a jam jar is not doing it any good

bolting onions

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 08:52

The cold spring will be the reason, I don't think you can save bolted veg although you can collect the seed? Don't rip them out before more expert veg growers have commented, but there is still time to plant new crops if that's the only solution

May In Your Garden

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 22:42

@KG, its actually true that hens can change into roosters due to some hormone difference. There have been stories that it is to compensate for lack of males but I'm not sure about this. I don't think the male-hen can fertilise eggs, it just looks and behaves like a guy.

 

May In Your Garden

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 21:24

As I am sure you are aware, the bulbs have a central growth point and very brittle, spider-like roots that sit flat on the ground. They are shallow rooted and hate winter wet.

Much like Peonies, I think age is a major factor in their performance since last year was the first year that I got more than two flower stems and I noticed the growth points this spring were very fat indeed in comparison to very modest ones just a few years back.

Keep us up to date with the progress of yours

May In Your Garden

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 20:21
gardeningfantic wrote (see)

that is an age for your Eremurus.. i only planted mine last year..they lok gorgeous..so fingers crossed they will flower this year.. thou the leaves are different to yours.. long thin and spike upwards..

we are talking about the same plant? here is mine

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/8030.jpg?width=342&height=350&mode=max

 Sorry, couldn't get my cursor outside the quote box

removing flowers from helebore

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 19:59

in a nutshell, no.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 19:56

@gardenfantic, dito. I've had mine for a couple of years and they look great against the yellow leaf of my Spiraea Goldflame, but I planted over them last year and I think I disturbed a bunch of them so that there was leaf this year but no flower.

I plan to get loads more this autumn for the middle garden, along with as many Tulips as I can afford

I'm also going to be dividing my Eremurus which is about ten years old and with the twenty flower spikes this year, I think it won't mind the separation.

My objective for next year is to improve my drift planting  technique which is rather crap this year as I am beginning to discover too late in the season to change it, but oh hum, t'is a learning curve and next year will be even better once my perennials have bulked up

May In Your Garden

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 18:35

Gorgeous!

Your alliums are a little ahead of mine, funnily enough last year I had two clumps of 6, and I don't know why but this year I have one clump of 9 and a single one in the other clump. There is leaf but no flowers.

 

May In Your Garden

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 18:31

@gardenfantic, Eremurus/ Foxtail Lily.

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