The blooming end is near
Hellebore Shop closing soon
Thank you very much to everyone who have ordered Hellebores this year.
At the end of October we will be closing our Online Hellebore Store for this year. We have most varieties still available and they are looking really good and are ready to plant. Last chance to get a few Hellebores in the garden this year.
More Spring Plant Fairs
There are some ‘must do’ events for gardeners over next few weeks. And we will be there, so drop in and say hello.
Firstly, there is the exciting new Botanic and Rare Plant Fair which will be held at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens on the weekend of 22 and 23 of October. Lots of interesting Plant stalls and an impressive line up of talks and panel discussions on all things horticultural. See here for more information.
Those living in Central Victoria may wish to get along to the Castlemaine Garden Market on Sunday 30th October. It is held in parkland off Duke St, Castlemaine (opposite the Castle Motel) between 8am and 1pm.
And for gardeners in NSW you should think about seeing us at the wonderful Crookwell Garden Festival Market on Saturday 5th November. See here for more information.
Spring maintenance tips for Hellebores
Hellebores have generally finished (or nearly finished) flowering now and should be putting on plenty of leafy growth. Unless you want lots of seedlings coming up next winter, you might like to remove spent flowering stems before they drop seed. This will also help the plant expend its energy in root and shoot growth rather than seed production.
If your Hellebores are putting on plenty of growth a little liquid feeding now wont hurt, but the main time for fertilising is late Autumn and into Winter. Hellebores are not fussy about types of fertiliser – any of the commonly available liquid feeds at the standard rate will be fine.
Remove any old tatty or diseased looking growth (but leave the nice new growth). And finally keep your Hellebores well mulched over summer. And most importantly: young plants put into the ground this season will need a bit of extra watering over Summer if it is dry.