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May In Your Garden

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 17:00

Oh I love honeysuckle and pooh to your neighbour

Today's weather was too bad to garden but I did wander off to the garden centre with a tenner in my pocket. I must explain that presently my garden centre is the local B&Q which is not my optimum choice but the only one open to me at the moment since I don't drive and my husband suffers from CFS so the car is off the road nd there is nothing better in walking distance.

I don't mind them for basics and bargains although I do miss those long afternoons wandering around proper nurseries. Anyways, I went with the intention of buying a Euphorbia Silver Swan for my full sun border but right at the last minute I was seduced by a Hellebore.

I was so excited about this plant for a number of reasons, its foliage was so stiff and blue with age, its flowers were tough as old boots, it blooms early in the year when my garden is most in need and it likes I was sold. The only trouble was it had no label.

Obviously, in a nursery, the staff would know what was it but I was unsure what to was the only specimen and needed to come home with me, so I asked the lady at the till and was gobsmacked when she suggested I google hellebore when I get home.

I asked her if she had any idea how many Hellebore there were in the world but she just shrugged and said to match a google picture. I asked for a couple of pound reduction since I was buying a plant with no instructions that could potentially die on me but I was refused, so, my beautiful but pricey unnamed specimen came home with me under difficult circumstances.

After googling all afternoon, I think its Helleborus x sternii Blackthorn group (unless anyone knows better) but it's my first hellebore I've ever owned and the RHS Plants and Flowers book says its a little bit afraid of the snow, teach me for buying a plant without its label.

So if any of you want to throw in your knowledge and experience, I'd be best pleased

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 16:29

Woke up to rain this morning occasionally clearing with sunshine, but lots of grey sky.

Horse poo

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 16:27

The only time fresh manure is used is to make a hotbed.

This has been featured on GW several times over the years and was a favourite of the Victorians. The heat from the manure helps the plants to grow and also feeds them but you don't plant directly into it, compost is added on top.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 16:21

@Geoff. What is that growing in the last pic? It's quite lovely.

Also, am extremely jealous of your mature looking Pinus behind it! Mine it teeny (bought last year) although I have to say its already doubled its size and they say they are slow growing!

Not gonna comment on the out of focus close-up

Roses, climbers/ramblers/scramblers... whats the difference?!?!

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 22:30

There are exceptions to the rule, but from my knowledge, rambling roses are closer to the species, so they put on a single flush of flower and often produce hips after so don't need dead heading whereas a climbing rose flowers less profusely but for many more months, especially if dead headed.

Also, their pruning is slightly different, ramblers produce long stems that should be fanned out across their support, pruning out the old stems at the base whereas climbing roses are pruned to keep them within their intended space. Ramblers are also more resistant to diseases such as black spot but that's all I know.

is it too late for this year

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 20:33

You can get great advice on the what to do now section of this website!

It lists all the jobs you can tackle on a weekly basis, including a fruit and veg section.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 19:14

@KG, I am excited, just a little overwhelmed.

@Inkadog, still trying to plan the structure planting first, I have some ideas of general design and colour theme but nothing beyond that Taking my time to get it right. I know what I want, it's just a matter of translation from brain to ground. I'm very artistic, but garden design stumps me big time.

My sun spot is only one year old so perhaps that's why the stones are still clean looking. The top part of the garden has a dirty strip all the way up to the back door from my muddy wellies which is a great shame but a lesson learnt I suppose. There is no traffic on the sun spot except when the sun is out and we sit or sunbathe there, which has been one day in march so far this year


Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:31

It also has gorgeous reddish tinted foliage and needs very little maintenance apart from securing it safely as it grows. I had one across my porch for quite some years and then the wind took it straight off like a toupee.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:27

Alchemilla Mollis is an incredibly under rated plant in my opinion. It's spring foliage is just gorgeous and soft, with perfect pleats a seamstress would be proud of. Rainfall blesses it with ephemeral qualities whilst it's lime green froths of summer flowers are a real treat mixed with stronger shapes or colours, or on its own billowing en masse across a path. It clumps up very handsomely in size and keeps its shape whilst it even grows in shade. All it asks is not to dry out...and it will happily seed itself if you want it to, so free plants without even trying!

Garden Gallery

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:16

OOh love them grasses and you had the same idea as me with the lovely rain drops on Alchemilla Mollis (that never gets old)

I saw a beautiful red grass at the garden centre I rather liked, it began with the letter U but I wasn't sure what its growing conditions were and also I have to find its spot in the garden, I want the full sun border to have a blue theme, so red grass is no good there ...unless I use it as contrast. Oh, now I did it, just when my mind was made up its back to indecision.

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