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Old 01-05-2017, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Camellias, hellebores in Raleigh NC.

Actually, my mums are hanging on still...we haven't had much cold weather.

I don't know how to prune camellias to keep a nice shape, so they are leggy and scraggly. But hellebores are the best, they spread them selves (self seeding? I'm not sure of the mechanism) so I have many more than when I moved in 5 years ago.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:35 AM
 
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Camellias, hellebores in Raleigh NC.

Actually, my mums are hanging on still...we haven't had much cold weather.

I don't know how to prune camellias to keep a nice shape, so they are leggy and scraggly. But hellebores are the best, they spread them selves (self seeding? I'm not sure of the mechanism) so I have many more than when I moved in 5 years ago.


actually, camellias are rather tolerant of pruning---you can generally cut them back hard to the main trunk and they will come back (assuming the plant is in good shape with good care otherwise) OR you can be more gentle and just cut back the leggy/straggly growth to fit the shape you want---look for dormant buds on the branch and remove whatever you don't want just above the bud. it's just like controlling size on roses during their growing season.


hope this helps.
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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I have got firethorn,heather and camellia.I had doubts about them when I planted them first but they have grown faithfully over the winter. I have stored the more delicate plants in the wooden shed that I bought from a garden shed store (Backyard Garden & Storage Sheds Hamilton | In The Back Yard ) behind my garden. I would like to try growing potatoes over the winter.Has anybody ever tried them yet?

heaths and heathers can be wonderful at this time of year with their flowers and the colored foliage types can be just as attractive (sometimes even more so) than the flowers. they can make great ground covers too in and out of flower.
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:09 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I have what I think is a gerbera daisy that is blooming now. Also, the knockout roses are hanging in.
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:44 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Loropetatum. Coastal Georgia.
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Old 01-05-2017, 06:03 PM
 
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My amaryllis will be blooming by some time next month. But I guess that would be cheating. Since it is in a pot on top of my refrigerator.
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Old 01-05-2017, 06:09 PM
 
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My amaryllis will be blooming by some time next month. But I guess that would be cheating. Since it is in a pot on top of my refrigerator.

yes, it's kind of "cheating" (in the sense that the question was probably more about outdoor plants braving the possible winter cold to flaunt their flowers) BUT at this time of year ANY flower, ANY place can be a blessed event and good to share with others.

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Old 01-06-2017, 04:18 AM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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^^Your plant life seems to be very similar to mine.
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Old 01-06-2017, 08:13 AM
 
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yes, it's kind of "cheating" (in the sense that the question was probably more about outdoor plants braving the possible winter cold to flaunt their flowers) BUT at this time of year ANY flower, ANY place can be a blessed event and good to share with others.
Yep. That's why I always plant an amaryllis on January 1. It gives me some hope when I am desperate to see flowers. I wish I had things blooming in my garden right now!

For some reason, my "Lime Rickey" heuchera is multiplying like crazy -- in the winter. It has lots of new shoots that are starting to crowd out a hellebore. Go figure. Not a flower, but I will take the nice green color!
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Old 01-06-2017, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Constitutional USA, zn.8A
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Yep. That's why I always plant an amaryllis on January 1. It gives me some hope when I am desperate to see flowers. I wish I had things blooming in my garden right now!

For some reason, my "Lime Rickey" heuchera is multiplying like crazy -- in the winter. It has lots of new shoots that are starting to crowd out a hellebore. Go figure. Not a flower, but I will take the nice green color!
Since you mentioned an "Amaryllis in a pot on top of my refrigerator", may I add
the 4 paperwhite Narcisii blooming smilingly right next to me,
plus the 4 red, & Blue Hyacinths that are still finding their way UP.
Too 10 Geraniums still bloom, yes all inside the house.
as I didn't want to be 'off-topic', I didn't mention these, & others too, before.

Now that you mention it, I must investigate that "Lime Rickey" heuchera... Any previous threads here on Heucheras ?
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