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07/06/2012 at 16:14

Can some one please tell me if these plants are the type you plant out in the garden and forget and flower every year upon year or do they die off at winter and you have to buy some more?

 included, but it has confirmed each pack will contain fuchsias, petunias and geraniums. Other plants it might contain include begonias, dianthus', becopas, asters, violas and bidens.

Thanks

07/06/2012 at 16:19

Most of those will require TLC over winter. You may be OK with the dianthus.

07/06/2012 at 16:20
Mostly annuals by the sound of it, the fuchsias, geraniums and begonias could be overwintered if you have somewhere frost free. Dianthus and asters should come up again next year...but you might not get them.
07/06/2012 at 16:23

What do i do at winter?

 

07/06/2012 at 16:39

Petunias will need to be composted. Geraniums and fuchsias brought inside. Collect seed from violas to sow for next year. 

The reason that this is a deal is it is anticipated to be disposable.

07/06/2012 at 16:47

Thanks

So i have just wasted money? £15

All i want is some prertty flowers for my garden to add loads of colour all the green stuff is on one side and the colour on the other but i just want flowers i can plant and forget untill i know what i am doing.

You see my wife has left and i have just got into gardening to occupy me

07/06/2012 at 17:07

You have not wasted money, you have probably bought some lovely plants and they will look lovely in your garden this summer(if summer arrives). If you get more than 15 plants it will be a bargain.

07/06/2012 at 17:12

40 of them google money saving expert and this weeks e mail

07/06/2012 at 17:13

Thank you

07/06/2012 at 18:04

Just think, pash2, if you'd spent that £15 on a big bouquet for your wife, she'd probably still have left you and the flowers would have been dead in a week!  You're going to get a whole summer of plants for your money, and probably some that will appear again next year. If only half of them do well, you'll still have got your money's worth.

For the longer term, you want to look out for herbaceous perennials that will come up every year - things like lupins, chrysanthemums, peonies, delphiniums, spreading geraniums (not the red type) etc. One place to look is if you see any plants sales, summer fairs, etc, in your area, as people often split and sell spare clumps of these plants.

07/06/2012 at 18:35

thank you for that

08/06/2012 at 09:47

If your a smoker its two packets of cigarettes. Well thats how I put it to my husband when we head to the garden centre again and again. Head to the boot sales or get blethering to a neighbour with a nice garden I bet they would be more than happy to give you plants

08/06/2012 at 12:58

thank you all

08/06/2012 at 13:50

Pash, be aware that although these deals are cheap you may not get your plants for a long time. I ordered some trailing begonias from T&M in April. The order confirmation told me they would be dispatched by end of May. It's now 8 June and their latest dispatch estimate is "a couple of weeks due to weather". I had always believed that plug plants were grown in commercial greenhouses, but obviously not!

08/06/2012 at 13:57

The petunia is really a perennial plat although we treat it as a summer bedder. Try taking some cuttings from non flowering tips, pot up 5 or so around the edge of a 3 inch pot, water and cover with a plastic bag untl they have rooted and bingo, you'll have even better value for your pounds. Same applies to the fuschias. If you have too many cutting that strike then give them away to friends

08/06/2012 at 14:19

Gazani's also can be over winter and have great show of colour each year. One of my favourate flowers in the garden

 

08/06/2012 at 14:56

See if your local area has a gardening club.  Most areas that have allotments will also have gardening clubs, barring that, try local school fairs for garden bargains, ebay is a good place to find tools (be wary of buying used, they could be nicked from someone's shed), and I have had some seed bargains from ebay (60 assorted packets for around £12, some out of date, but if the packet is unopened, most will normally still germinate).

What you need to look for are perennials - these come up and flower every year, some are where the plant itself survives the winter, others are where the plant self-seeds, so will come up again next year.  If you're not sure, google the plant name, that's saved me some expensive mistakes!  Things that grow from bulbs or corms will normally come up every year, make sure you give them a good feed at least once a week (twice is better), and when you plant bulbs or corms, put a bit of grit or sharp sand around them, this helps keeps slugs away, as slugs will quite happily munch bulbs if they can get to them.  Hope this helps.

08/06/2012 at 15:56

Thanks for that i wish i knew about the sand two weeks ago when i planted 40 bulbs from aldi for 29pence

08/06/2012 at 19:09

Would slugs have eaten my allium bulbs? I will remember that tip for bulbs thanks julie

08/06/2012 at 19:19

I HATE slugs.  They come into my garden and have a party, if slugs don't get my seedlings, then the flipping birds do (the birds make me laugh, though, so are forgiven, especially the blackbirds that are nesting in the rowan tree at the bottom of the garden).  The male blackbird always tells me off when I'm at the bottom of the garden pottering.  Slugs will eat anything, so it may well be them that have scoffed them, or they could have rotted away if they're waterlogged.  So my bulbs always go into sharp sand or grit (when I can get hold of it), it ensures they don't get waterlogged & rot, and the slugs don't like the scratchiness - same as protecting seedlings with crushed-up eggshells.  Would love a hedgehog to move in, It would soon be too fat to move very far!

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