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Latest posts by wisehedgecrone

Japanese anenome

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:35

Wow, I love these plants and have been trying hard to establish some in my garden for years, but haven't had much luck so far! Don't throw them out - send some my way - I'll refund postage

I wish mine were a bit more invasive. I want plants which flower reliably in the autumn and I've seen them at Sissinghurst and at other places, with roses and other perennials. Beautiful!

Lily planting advice

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:28

Am I too late to plant Turk's Cap and Tiger Lililes?


I get mixed advice from websites on when best to plant them. Turks Cap seem very expensive too, and I'd like to know where the best place is to buy them from.

I would like to plant some of each in borders, including dappled shade of our woodland garden. Is this a good idea? How should I care for them? Which species would be best for dappled shade?

Also....are slugs and snails a problem?

If I plant them in pots instead, presumably they'd have to be pretty deep ones - is that right?


Any advice welcome - thank you!

Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 10:30

Berghill, where can I get green seed of nemorosa?


Gardenmaiden - none of mine are even showing green so maybe squirrels have chomped the lot in preference to the other bulbs

Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:04

Charlie, which anenomes do you have?

I covet anenome nemorosa for my little woodland garden but I'd have to spend shedloads to get a good patch of them!

Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 09:12

Thank you all for your responses. I didn't realise that it might be a little early for scillas and chionodoxas to flower yet. I assumed that as I'd heard the term 'Glory of the Snow' that they'd bloom very early, with the hellebores!

I will try planting my new aconites in my woodland garden but the soil in several areas is rather heavy and clay-ridden, despite adding compost and leafmould. I hope that this will improve over the years. I'll try and plant them in a 'lighter' area!

Berghill, I will look out for the variety you mention for the autumn.


Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 19:48

Hi all!


Last autumn I planted loads of scillas and chionodoxas, hoping for a sea of blue in late winter/early Spring. But so far there are no chionodoxas emerging that I can see, and the scillas are only just beginning to show.

I've also tried a few times to grow aconites and the same thing's happened. I thought I'd try again with them this year and have ordered some 'in the green' but what can I do to make them happier? I thought they'd grow easily!


Any advice welcome!



Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 16:55

Thanks, *Topbird*, though I suspect Someone will be following me anxiously to make sure I don't spend too much rather than sitting relaxing with a newspaper......

*Berghill* I'm glad you pointed that out (different treatment for different varieties) because I wouldn't have known and I'd probably have gone and hacked all the leaves off. Though I have been admiring Penny's splendid marbled foliage! I'll leave them be, then, apart from snipping off manky leaves.

I'd better google x ericsmithii. Have ordered a book about hellebores so that should furnish me with more gaps in my knowledge 




Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 15:12

Brilliant! *makes copious notes* Many thanks for all the advice.

Now, another question - apologies for being so slow to grasp. Where do you get your Epsom salts? Chemist or garden centre? 

I've just bought two lovely hellebores from Homebase, believe it or not - Penny's Pink and Pirouette. Sturdy plants with lots of flower buds. Really pleased. Also a couple of pretty pulmonarias to go with them (another plant I really like).

I will check out Harveys online - and we're hoping to go away to Suffolk in March so it's possible I might be able to engineer a detour there....

It's lovely to have so much good advice!

Thanks again.


Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 09:20

Thank you all However, I planted some of my hellebores last year before I knew about mushroom compost, so all they've had is a bit of Rootgrow and some leafmould or garden compost! I will look out for some - haven't seen it in garden centres locally but it's possible they stock it.

Sadly for me, I don't live anywhere near the West Midlands - I live near Croydon in Surrey, but I'll look at the website anyway. 

It's good to know that I can divide them at the right time if I'm very careful to keep the pieces wet.

As to feeding, there seem to be so many views as to what and when. Mine haven't been fed apart from when I planted them. *verdun* I'm intrigued about the Epson salts - what does this do, where do you buy it and how do you apply it - and in what concentration? Would a general purpose organic fertiliser  be OK (blood fish and bone maybe) or do I need something more specific to encourage flowering?

Sorry to appear rather slow on the uptake - I just want to get it right, especially as they cost so much, and I'm keen to encourage healthy flowering plants as soon as possible

Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 23:29

Hi! I am becoming obsessed with these lovely flowers, as with other winter/early spring blooms. I am focusing on singles at the moment because I know these are best to attract wildlife.

I have a very few - some unnamed, bought from a roadside stall as very small plants. They haven't done anything yet, after a year. Others are starting to bloom. Unfortunately I have acid soil and I read that they prefer lime, so what should I do to keep them happy? Will they flourish and produce seedlings in acid soil? 

Also, how and when should I feed them and am I right in believing they shouldn't be divided because they don't like being disturbed?

Finally, I know hellebores are extremely expensive. Do you have any recommendations of nurseries or similar who offer them at more affordable prices, given that I'd like to buy more than one or two more?

Any advice welcome! I am growing some in a woodland garden I am creating.


Discussions started by wisehedgecrone

Lily planting advice

Turk's Cap and Tiger Lilies - when and how to plant? 
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Last Post: 11/03/2015 at 08:38

Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Chionodoxas and aconites not coming up! 
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Last Post: 11/03/2015 at 20:13

Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Need advice in how to treat hellebores and where to buy them 
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Last Post: 13/02/2015 at 18:43

Which Daphne?

Advice for planting Daphne in semi-woodland 
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Last Post: 11/01/2014 at 12:07

Chimney Pot planting

How do you plant up a chimney pot? 
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 17:22


How do I get rid of bracken from established borders? 
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Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 13:13

Even more confused about fruit tree choice now...

Advice needed about damson, bullace or gage for woodland glade area 
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Last Post: 14/08/2012 at 16:53

Choosing a damson tree

Need advice choosing best damson variety 
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Last Post: 13/08/2012 at 10:36

Soil problem? (Newly created woodland area)

Algae appearing on the soil 
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Last Post: 11/08/2012 at 13:36

No apples and few crab apples.... :(

Sunset apple - no fruit at all. John Downie Crab: very poor. Why? 
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Last Post: 13/08/2012 at 11:09

Tulips in Pots

Patio tulips - should I dig them out? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2012 at 15:31

Pruning Rhododendons - how? Help needed!

'Anthony Waterer' has outgrown its space! 
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Last Post: 26/06/2012 at 16:36

Creating a Hedgerow

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Last Post: 15/11/2012 at 14:24
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