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winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21



  • Hi artjak,

    Yes there are annuals. I got my first packet of seeds last year free with a gardening mag. The actual flower is in the centre and the papery petals are just display. The plant must have a reason for that.

    I bought another packet from a garden centre in Sept. I sowed a few and the seedlings are overwintering in an unheated GH. Hopefully they will make a Spring display. Some look stronger than others so I'll wait and see. I'll sow the rest in a heated prop, towards the end of Feb when the light is starting to get longer.

    They like full sun.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Mark, any plant with 'heli' in the name ought to like sun as I think it may be Greek or Latin for sun. But I'm not sure about helibores?

  • You know what, artjak I was going to mention the 'heli' but did not want to sound to 'show off' That's my task for next year to learn more Latin names to help me understand my plants.

    Us Lynn boys have to stick together. I lived on the Fairstead from 1975 to 2000. My parents still live there. I try and go down once a year. Message me if you want to talk further about Lynn.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,514

    Mr Google reveals this "....Witches used pulverized Helleborus roots to drive out evil spirits. The pulverized root particles will stimulate sneezing. There is an ingredient in the roots called Protoanemonin that stimulates sneezing. Let’s look at the Latin origins of the genus name Helleborus. The name consists of the Greek word ‘helein’ which means ‘killing’ and ‘bora’ which means ‘for food.’ Many people died in the execution of these rituals. ...."

    Helichrysum has a different spelling Helios = Greek god of the sun.



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  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Dove, I never did know how hellebore was speltimage

    Thank you Mark, but I'm basically a Londoner; I've only lived here for a few years! Did you do much gardening when you lived here?

  • Hi artjak

    I use to help my Dad with his garden, and we go to flower festival and apple picking at Sandringham. I would just sit and listen to my Dad and his brother in law talk about gardening. I learnt a lot. Dad is 86 now and cannot garden anymore. Its me now telling him about my garden. I take photos of what I do and send them to my parents. I go down once a year and buy them a few hanging baskets to dot around the garden.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Mark, Apple picking at Sandringham sounds great. I was walking in Sandringham forest with my Jack Russell on Tuesday and found this stunning glade with my two favourite trees; Silver Birch and Scots Pine.image There were huge views of the surrounding countryside, such a beautiful place.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 9,259

    Well, today is the day ....

    i can feel those days getting longer already ......

    We did not inherit the earth from our grandparents.  We’re borrowing it from our children.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,514

    According to someone on R4 earlier today mornings will start to get lighter from tomorrow, but due to something (not quite sure what) evenings will still get darker earlier for the next few days, then they start getting lighter too .... image  I shall google ..... backsun ...........

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,514

    Well, the best I can find is this

     which gives us a hint, but as I don't subscribed to the Times webpage I can'tread any further .... 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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