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What the hellebores is going on?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 21:48

thanks for your reply. I was hoping to get flowers Feb to March but no sign yet. Never been that keen on them but thought they might look good in a shady space and cheer up the past winter mornings. Would just be nice to see a couple of flowers. I'll take on board the mulching and feeding but think I might have no luck this year. Oh well I'll keep you informed if any flowers start to appear. 

What the hellebores is going on?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 20:55
I bought a couple last year and paid half price because they had already flowered. But so far this year new growth and no flowers? In a semi shady woodland corner of the garden and are from a reliable supplier. Have I got to feed them or something. Disappointed so far at the results. Any ideas?

What type of Bamboo??

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:17

Thanks for your advice. Will look at phyllostachys, along with the Fargesia, and have a think. Looking forward to the garden now the weather has warmed up. Think the Fatsia Japonica has taken the worse bashing with the cold weather this year, so started to tidy all the dead brown leaves on it yesterday.

What type of Bamboo??

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:18

Just on a quick note while I remember, bought two Phyllostachys Spectables (one with green stripe) about 8 -10 feet tall for £69.00 each from a local garden centre, and they do a few other varieties at a similar size. So instant impact plus they delivered free. So will be going there. The canes on them were about an inch thick, look lovely but, as mentioned in my previous blog, don't know if they can handle a more shaded situation.

What type of Bamboo??

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:09

Hi thanks for all your replies, sorry I forgot my log in password so couldn't get back on.

The Bamboo I already have is at a sunny part of the garden so get the sun most of the day, the back of the garden is more semi-shade so gets it part of the midday then again at the evening, so light levels would be less in the winter.

As 'Huntertony' replied about Fargesia, as they are compact and can withstand lower light levels, so I will look into Natida and as 'Salina' mentioned Rufa.

Can't really grow grasses as I need to mask the fence so are looking for something around 8ft so the neighbour doesn't look over all the time. As mentioned don't want to blanket it but have light filtering through so I can enjoy the sun. 

Think Nigra would need more sun, but still open to other options.

What type of Bamboo??

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 12:46

Looking for a nice type of Bamboo or Fargesia to mask my neighbours garden.

Recently cut down around 5 Leylandi cypruses, and have done some decking at the back of the garden.

I intend to make a jungle type garden and have a few plants already, but need to mask where my neighbours fence is which is around 15 foot, so a bamboo or Fargesia would be ideal so the sun can still get through but is filtered? Any ideas

Gets sun for part of the day already have a Phyllostachys Spectacublis at the other end of the garden, which does really well.


Moving Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 15:56

Thanks for that. I done some decking at the back of the garden which is about 5 metres long and is totally secluded so looking at putting the Fatsia there along with a Aucuba and Mahonia which are also well established. Looking at making a tropical feel at the end of the day, so at least I have a start.

Have a look at http://www.exoticplantsonline.co.uk got some good ideas on that.

Moving Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 12:06

Thanks for your advice. Thinking by April then hopefully the weather would have warmed up, it's looking a bit sorry for itself at the moment with all the morning frosts.

Would it be best to cut it down by a third or half, the stems are quite thick and didn't know whether this could be a bit hard for it at all.

Moving Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 11:15

Hi have a Fatsia Japonica that has been in the garden for the past 5 years, it is now about 6 feet tall, and need to move it to another spot in the garden.

What the best time to move it and is it best to cut it down by a third before transplanting it to its new spot.

I take it that I'll probably pre prepare the new whole in the location with plenty of organic matter, dig it up and water it well in, but is it worth doing it now or should I wait til the middle of may??


Joe's iPad App

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 15:08

Hi Fairygirl sorry for the late reply. I'm a graphic designer at work mostly designing magazines, but have an iPad at home, so would be good to use a digital tablet like Joe does. I have tried varies 3D programmes in the past for landscaping etc but have never really got on with them as it's a good idea to get the proportion for a garden but not very good for visualising plants, so thought this would be handy for just being able to scribble designs and digitally rub them out if I don't like them.

Will let you know how I get on once the weather has cheered up

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