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I too have had a few issues with T&M and I am still waiting for a reply off a email I sent two weeks ago.
I have spent a couple of hundred pound with them and I am not using them again.
The plants and shrubs I have ordered are all small and very poor.
I ordered a tree peony and it was broke this was back in march and am still waiting for a replacment,I am also waiting for dhalias which I was told would be delivered in march.
I now use jparkers and I must say the plants are a lot better.
I'm sure Monty planted some foxgloves a few weeks ago on the telly and said they were biennial. Anyone remember this?In defence of T&M, i've always been pleased with their products and service. The one issue I did have with a plant was swiflty addressed.
These foxgloves are a shame though. The bees loved them last year and they looked wonderful.
Whereas T and M seemed to have the monopoly of special offers in GW magazine, I have noticed that other companies are now being featured. Mr Fothergill has recently sent me two packets of free seeds.
Hi GW - these are a new type of foxglove bred by T&M. They are described as being a hardy perennial, as compared with their biennial relatives. Thanks for the reply
I have bought some foxglove polka dot large plants for 2 pound from my local nursery they are suppost to be truely perrenial hardy and also sterile and look very similar to the foxglove illumination pink. They much cheaper just a heads up if anyone is wanting to replace there dead ones.
Thanks cairnsie - I will check it out. If my memory serves me correctly in Illumination was awarded Chelsea 2012 plant of the year and heralded as the first perennial foxglove (hardy perennial)
Yep - you're right mate!!! I'm going to get some. Thanks cairnsie
No problem i was looking for the illumination and spotted them in the nursery.
I won one last year (was a big plant not the usual T&M plugs). It performed really well, but like the rest of you it's a no show this year, the rest of the normal foxgloves in the same area are fine. I'd say this is a container plant that needs overwintering, shame they didn't just say that.
Thanks for the reply Andy. I've sent an email to Gardeners' World (BBC2). If anyone wants to reiterate the point the address is:
I've asked Michael Perry @gardening_greek on twitter, He's T&Ms new plant specialist. Might be interesting if he has any comments on how to overwinter these, and if they really are supposed to be truely hardy. It's been a long cold winter but here in newcastle it#s not been that wet really. infact if anything it's been a bit dry.
In the same area as i planted the foxglove i've got, astilbe, phlox, wild garlic, normal foxgloves, heuchera, primula, hostas, and rhubarb, all those are fine and made it through the winter no probs, just not the illumination.
I'll check it out - thanks Andy
i have had some perennial foxgloves in my garden for some years now.. and i bought some more of ebay last year.. now i dont remember the name but they have creamy yellow flowers in the same shape as normal foxglove flower but only stand 18ins tall..
these have come back year after year for the fourth time now.. they die down over winter.. the first year i thought they had died,.. but mum said give htem time. and they did shoot again end of spring.. and have done each year now.
i have now seeded some for more plants and they have grown well this year..
so maybe these might... come up
Gardeningfantic, I suspect you have seedlings that you see every year. They are nearly all biennial.
No reply from T&M as yet - their Customer Care department sucks...........
Hi pete, today I have received three emails from T and M. They all say the same thing about volume of work etc. No mention of the letter I sent them so I don't hold out much hope of anything being resolved.
Hi break23 - thanks for the reply. I think I will just persist with the emails - just for the hell of it and make a promise to myself never to spend another penny on anything from T&M.
Hi pete, I remember there was an acrimonious thread about T and M on this website about two months ago. I can't remember the writer's name but he said he had phoned and emailed every day for three weeks and still had no satisfaction from them. Someone accused him of being stupid and another person was very patronising telling him how to complain correctly! (talk about teaching grandmothers to ........) I thought it was disgraceful that T and M had his money but he had no plants. The emails I have received today are just circulars and not addressed to me personally.
Yep - it's very frustrating
@verdun.. no it is not seedlings.. it is the smae plant.. as the old leaves are still attached.. when it reshoots i cut them off.. this is it..if i do link right.