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I've never had any trouble with plants from Parkers. Conversely, I had a broken peony and badly potted on gaura from Crocus, so I guess it's a bit of a lottery.
I use small nurseries from eBay quite a lot, they are generally excellent. Of the more commercial ones I always use Viv Marsh for alstroemerias, Haylofts for penstemons and Wootens of Wenhaston for auriculas.
I have used both Parkers and T and M for plug plants and they have been fine
parkers plants have been very good this year.and so have T & M. and gardening direct. They have all got better packing this year.had good results.
I bought online for the first time this year from T & M and they were great. I bought 12 penstemons and ended up with over 20 once I had split them and planted them. Bonus plants yay. I didn't get extra's with the other plants but they are all doing fine.
As have had so many problems with Parkers over the years I would not ever use them again. Maybe they have improved but ......... There are some very good plant supppliers on line, often a good way to access the expertise of specialists in e.g. hostas and so on. All good duppliers are insurance covered and are quite happy to replace anything that has gone wrong, I use van Meuwin and several others, Bloms for bulbs - there are good suppliers out there.
get my bulbs from spalding not had any bad ones at a good price.
Bumping this one up too to help an enquirer .....(apparently I get bonusses for my threads in the top 10 )
No Verdun, you get Doughnuts
Good idea Verdun, this is the time of year to do it! I usually use T&M, last year they weren't so clever but I guess they get good years and bad years. They are also governed by the weather. Luck of the draw I guess. Enjoy your Doughnuts. LoL
If there is anyone in France looking at this, (DD, but I've told her already) I've had good plants from http://www.promessedefleurs.com/vivaces.html and https://www.jardinexpress.fr/
Has anyone ever used Garden Supply Direct? I bought bulbs from them way back in August and I'm still waiting for half of my order. I knew it was a bit of a gamble trying them as I had never heard of them before and they have no reviews, probably goes to show you should stick with what you know.
In fact, just realised they sell on Ebay too and some of the reviews on there are awful! http://feedback.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=gardensupplydirect&iid=-1&de=off&items=25&which=negative&interval=365&_trkparms=negative_365
Had some good quality bearded iris from Clare Austin this year
Had excelent quality plants and service from mail order trees. Two hydrangeas in 3 litre pots cheaper and better than at a gc.....well, my gc would not have stocked varieties I wanted.