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Can only repeat.........beautiful long flowering and healthy for me. I wonder if micro climate has something to do with it. Bought it 12 months ago now and it has not had to suffer from any real cold weather.
Kent61a, it will be interesting to read what RHS has to say to you ....they sell this plant!
Collecting another plant today and the recipient area will be of similar quality...viz., dappled shade, good deep soil, reasonable moisture. But, again, we don't have severe winters!!
I bought three at a local shop in Denmark for £5.66 each which I thought was a bargain (Denmark is super expensive so not a word I use very often!) I don't think they know what they had.
Two in the garden one in a pot. They looked a bit sorry for themselves for a couple of days, the one in the pot is in a warm spot and started to keel over slightly so I blocked the light in front of it and it has perked up. The two put in the garden seem to be happy enough for the moment.
Was doing stewarding at our Garden show on Sat, so had lots of time to chat to the exhibitors "AND" pick their brains.
It was actually the worst supported show ever produce wise according to those who have been there for a long time, terrible growing season for the exhibitors!
I mentioned Wild Swan and one of them said he had bought from T&M last year, terrible plug plants was sent, they died almost immediately, T&M said they would replace them this year,they then informed him it would be the end of Sept before they would be sent out, he was still waiting on Sat!
Another one said he had bought 5 giant plugs from Hayloft, when they arrived, three were only stems with no roots pushed into sodden compost, the other 2 were more dead than alive with brown dead roots!
He informed Hayloft and they immediately replaced them, but the second lot were no better, no living roots on any of the plugs!
He has potted them up but at the moment none appears to be trying to grow according to him, he has taken some from their plugs to check, no roots etc, just mush!
The first one said he thought there must be some thing wrong with them as his pal had the same problem!
If this is serious growers and exhibitors thoughts, what chance have other less experienced gardeners got if they cannot get them to grow first time?
T&M and now Hayloft, it must cost them a fortune in replacing plants that should never have been sent out in the first place!
well this has been a contentious topic this past season. I think plugs are not the way to go for wild swan ...most everyone seems to have failed with them. I have 3 plants now and all are excellent. The first was planted late last summer. It flowered well then and has been flowering this year for months. Currently looking superb.
There is now another variety ...a taller, weeping version of wild swan, name escapes me, and if I can buy it in a 1litre or bigger size I will grow this one too.
Went to burncoose in the end - expecting them to arrive any day.
Wow chicky they aren't cheap from their either......
Not too expensive if you live here. It's the postage costs.
I'm tempted as easily as everyone else by new plants but really we don't know how these new introductions will perform year in year out. So much hype and frenzy so we need to research them a little first if we can. The dilemma is we must have them....NOW. The growers know that. Looking back, an awful lot of money has been spent on the latest echinaceas, hellebores, agastaches, etc etc etc. Some have been good. Some no better than weak annuals. Ah well. Nothing will change......
Oh new taraxicum out. Bigger and better than ever. Flowers throughout the year. Simply indestructible, easy to grow and will brighten up your garden in the darkest days of winter. Only £13 for small plug. Gotta have that........
Oops! Posted twice ......wot am I like?
For someone who doesn't like annuals, Verdun, you seem to treat a lot of these new perennials as annuals, moving them about, chucking them out, space for new ones. You seem to be more fidgetty than me.
Can you list all the new perennials that you would not bother with again.
I'll start with Hardy gerberas, which in my garden were a total waste of money.
I had some coreopsis in big modules last year, flowered magnificently all last year, then totally disappeared.
I've spent quite a bit this year on the new ecinaceas, I suspect these will be slug food when/if they reappear in the spring.
Lol fidget I feel the same about my newly created ecinacea bed this year.... I'm happy to report though its intermingled with some monarda and following advice on this site (verdun) I have chopped the flowers off after a period and all have produced a lot of new growth and leaves ... In fact so much so I'm wondering if thre are too many plants in the beds.... Although I hate using them come spring this bed will be peppered with blue pellets.....
Oh but I did succumb the other week to the new southern belle echinacea!
But she's soooooo pretty
oooo - lovely (if slightly squiffy). Burncoose wasn't that expensive - I bought quite a few other things to make the postage worthwhile - it would have been rude not to .....
Lol good move!
...and being Cornish plants they will be of superior quality......
...I'll get my coat!
I'd advise anyboy who buys plug plants to pot them on into approx. 9cm or 1 litre pots in a good compost and wait till the pot is filled with roots - then plant out into the garden! If the plugs don't have a lot of roots mix compost with grit or vermiculite and allow to dry out between waterings! Cathy CC Plants Glenalmond, Perthshire
Final say - my old 5 out of six fails became 9 out of 9 as T&M also delivered three which didn't survive either (2013).
Also spoke to a major GC who had to replace thousands of failures and now won't touch it as a strain.
Wild Swan has finally flowered, two miserable little flowers, to say i'm underwhelmed is an understatement after about three season of trying and lots of plants and free replacement ones as well!
Managed to get three plants to actually live and actually grow away strongly this year, then August time two of them rotted and turned to mush, the one survivor gave a single stem with the two flowers on!
Don't know if the survivors were supplied by T&M or Hayloft but it must have cost them a fortune in replacement plants and postage, as well as good will, as I have not bought any plants from either of them since!
Sorry to hear that Jimmy. Did you buy plugs or full size plants? what is soil like? What position?
For me wild swan is lovely and been brilliant all summer