So planted a Hellebore last year, and over wintered well. It has only grown one small branch with 3 leaves, i am a patient worrisome gardener, and wonder if there is a growth spurt coming this summer or something i should do to help the little H'Broe along ???
Any Suggestions? Please?
I would like to see the answers to this also. After seeing so many beautiful ones at the Philly Flower Show last year...I had to buy a few. Of the 3, one looks ok...the other 2 don't look like they are going to make it.
Again, thanks~i had no idea, I should have tried something else, lol, patience well...any faster winter bloomers suggested? Can only survive on catalogs for so long. Just Kidding, i thankfully live where my bulbs are popping, and feel empathy for the neighbors to the north.
best wishes all, and iwill be patient. Should MORE Sun speed it up (SEE there I go again, lol)
I've got one in most of the day sun but the leaves burn pretty badly and it's not that attractive year round. Better to give it it's shade and wait. Believe me, they seem to be able to grow in the dark.
Hang in there fern man. You'll be glad you did. I so love hellebores. They are such a great texture even when they aren't blooming and the flowers stay on the plant so long. Plus that they come early with the daffodils when nothing else is blooming.
Repeat the perennial plant mantra:
First they sleep
Then they creep
Then they leap
Give most good perennials 3-5 years to approach their full potential! That is why most gardeners over plant and end up with a crowded garden -'cause it looks so sparse and skimpy at first.
I know because I have done this-over and over and over!!
View picture to see what I mean- I keep lifting a big leaf and finding a wee little plant saying"Help, I need space!"
Good luck! MW
Mwhit~ ya trade places!????!!!...that is beautiful!!! I have dreams of getting there. and will, but another year or so. Doss, thanks too, I did not know the flowers were long lasting, thats great news, as so many of my flowers and bulbs have short lives, ESPECIALLY after the heat starts, I have my freesias just opening now, which is great, but in the afternoon the individual blooms get limp unless I keep light water on them! and it's only March...I can use the ones with staying power, like Ranunculus'! they are tough and I love them, so many colors. Here's a shot of a shady corner from last year with one of my visitors hanging around...still waitnig on pics form this year. No plants, notice? lol~ Actually they are all mid-shin to knee high!
i have an 8 foot bammboo fence around the whole yard which creates something of a mico-climate. it helps the summer hot winds from drying out the soil, and I fight the upwards evaporation of the needed humidity with, of course a lot of water. I mulch a lot, and also have plants that provide shade near the ferns in addition to the 3 fuitless mulberry trees, its really shady in the whole area except for right after the trees are trimmed which lets in early spring/late winter sun, which is not bad. I spoil and talk to them...lol. The real secret is the soil is sandy and a soaker hose combined seems to be the real trick. I love hummers, the year that ipc was taken i had a group of 5 in the yard everyday jostling for positions to get at water that i have flowing slowly out of a 1cm. tube into the birdbath~just small enough for them to drink out of woth no sugar, either. They loved it! I do hope they come bck this year, shot two rolls of film on them last year! another pic, sad it is so dark. He just sat on the bamboo stake and hung out. Too wild.
Very cute. We never get 5 hummers in the same place. Ours don't migrate so they are VERY territorial. It's fun to watch them dive bomb the other birds though. Sounds as if you have the fern thing down to a science.
hardly...the hummers are more guaranteed...an especially hot summer or bad winter and i have to start over on one or two, but love them all the same, thanks for the kind words~its great watching the hummers fly around each other, you are right!