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03/06/2013 at 15:21

Several months ago I bought four different types of plants from GW magazine (can't remember who I gave fit to) on offer of postage only from T&M.  The plants are agastache, geum and foxgove but I have no idea what the fourth group is.  Leaves are similar to penstemon but I don't think it's that as not so bushy as penstemon.  Did anyone else take up this offer and recognise what I'm talking about?

03/06/2013 at 17:54

I'm not one , sorry but if you can post a photo someone might be able to reconise it and put you out of your misery !.

03/06/2013 at 19:42

Hi lucky3, thanks for your reply.  I'm just being lazy and hoping someone still has a copy of GW mag or, alternatively, sent off for the collection.  The three I mentioned have all performed well but the mystery plant is rather spindly and is not giving any clues as to what it is.  If no one has knowledge of this collection tomorrow then I will take a picture.

03/06/2013 at 20:38

I once bought three heleniums although one looked slightly different to the others.

It didn't grow much that year and looked completely different from the other two by the end of the summer although it was happy where I planted it.

The following year, it gained vigour and eventually flowered as one of the lesser known varieties (name escapes me) and I wished all three had been alike as the regular heleniums were not that special in my garden situation.


03/06/2013 at 21:01

break - I just looked at the Feb magazine which had an offer of Foxglove, Geum, Nepeta and Coreopsis. Could that be the offer?

04/06/2013 at 09:19

Good morning Fairygirl, and thank you so much.  You are definitely right and that is the offer.  I had asked a neighbour and she identified the nepeta as agastache but, later, when I looked it up it didn't seem to bear any resemblance to the plants I have so at least I have another plant correctly identified. Have now checked my bank statement and the dates tally.  I'm pleased the plants are nepeta and coreopsis and will post a picture of them when they finally flower.  The foxgoves are healthy but won't flower this year but three, out of the six geum, have small spikes.  In fact, it was an excellent offer from T&M consisting of 24 plants.  I feel I must make that comment as have posted derogatory comments about that company in the earlier part of the year.

04/06/2013 at 17:12

I have now got a picture of the two plants.  The nepeta looks very floppy but I only potted on yesterday.  The other one is, I now also know, a coreopsis.  Is nepeta usually a floppy plant or should I trim it?  Thanks for your help Fairygirl


11/06/2013 at 00:04

Sorry for not replying sooner break - the good weather meant I was outside all weekend and haven't really caught up yet! The nepeta should be fine once it settles in. Presume you've got the hot weather- plants tend to wilt a bit when you pot them on anyway and it's worse when it's hot.  Best to put them in a little light shade till they perk up- only a day or so normally. Plants look good and healthy anyway! 

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