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13/10/2013 at 07:50

At this time of the year we may reflect on the hopes and dreams we had in the spring when, having read the blurb in the catalogues and seen the pictures on the seed packets, we wonder if it's our fault that we've not attained perfection.

Like lemmings we all rush to the garden centre to try again, blinkered to reality ....

We are not alone,243834 

13/10/2013 at 08:23

Intersting article, it was written a week before my birth

13/10/2013 at 09:06

Hey dove.  Don't despair.  The catalogues are promising sensational plants for next year and you should see the pictures.  Reds like nothing before, whites as pure as pure can be, and they will all flower from feb to November remaining in pristine comdition without any attention.   I'm so excited that I've forgotten last summer 











13/10/2013 at 09:24

Well you're right of course Dove. I'm afraid I might have to be a lemming like so many of us. I'm not completely disillusioned though - I hope to at least get more planting done next year and with everyone here to help me how can I fail? 

13/10/2013 at 09:48

And when it does work, its such a buzz. Every time I have walked past my rudbeckias this year I puff my chest up with pride !

13/10/2013 at 09:55

The help and encouragement on this friendly forum is great isn't it - really supportive.  

13/10/2013 at 09:55

Perfection is so boring. Its the things that dont grow well which make us appreciate the things that do so much more. If the garden was perfect would there be any point in continuing to do it

13/10/2013 at 09:56

I'm hoping to get some seeds to try that I've not done before - Cannas perhaps -  so will be asking lots of questions too. Hope no one thinks they're stupid.  I'll need help with them! 

Verdun -I'd like some of those plants. Can you send me a catalogue?


13/10/2013 at 11:26

Just look at out pics on garden gallery and other threads to see how successful we have been

13/10/2013 at 12:19

Lovely article Dove, even though I had to get off my backside and put the PC on to see it. 

13/10/2013 at 14:19

Punkdoc...perfection boring!!  No I'm not 

Fairy that catalogue is due on February 30 2014.  

However one plant did catch my eye........a delphinium with separate bright red, white and dark blue spikes.  An evergreen too with lemon and vanilla scented variegated leaves.  Flowers from May to September.  Grows without staking too.  Think it was called Digitalis Likeasnot Dreamon.  Already ordered 3 plugs but limited stocks and expensive .  Just had to have that one.  You need to order it quickly on

13/10/2013 at 14:22

Did you order me one Verdun? 

13/10/2013 at 14:26

Are you sure Verd? Though it wouldn't be out till April 1st  

13/10/2013 at 14:54

Fairy, it's true.  Check out the site.  Couldn't believe it myself until a fiend of mine showed me the plants.  Only small but the foliage scent is fantastic.  I would have it for the scent alone...very strong, almost overpowering.....lemon and vanilla.  Check out the Plants@newtrends  catalogue cover page with full details on page 4.....its an introduction from dutch plantsman Mikkitakin  van Islyin and I have had some special plants  from him before albeit tender ones.  Sold here by Thomas and Morgan. It's certainly going in my garden in the spring..  Sorry for the excitement but this is quite special folks

13/10/2013 at 14:58

Cos you've back Brum I'll order some plugs for ??ou,ok!  

13/10/2013 at 15:03

Is he related to Michael Takinthe Verd? 

13/10/2013 at 23:47

Hee hee hee, snigger, snigger snigger 

How did you know I was fibbin?  Is it cos I am Cornish?  

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