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Crabapples,

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:29

Bit worried about the picture of John Downie. The fruit pictured in my book on Crab Apples shows it as a slightly more elongated shape and with yellow and red colouring. It is described as being orange with red cheeks in F.Fiala's book on flowering Crab apples.

Cannot find a picture of ours either.

Really nice one is M. Gorgeous. Tasted one at Sunall Hall, almost sweet enough to eat raw.

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 09:24

I buy most of my plants from Plant Hunters Fairs. Small nurseries (not GC selling everything but plants) Good prices, less common plants.

Sorry but £16.99 for a perennial which I bought at the same size for £3.50 is not my idea of good household economics.

 

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 21:10

Went in two Garden Centres today (need the toilet). Bought..........a Cheese topped loaf.

Plants? a Few but the prices have gone up AGAIN!

Bulbs? Half price, but still to much for me to pay.

We should all get together and boycott these places until they have to bring prices down to actually sell something.

planting Hawthorh from cuttings

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 18:01

We have 100 feet plus of Hawthorn which is kept closely trimmed (usually these days by the Hedge man who does the whole road for the council.) And there are rarely any berries, few flowers to see and no birds use it in winter even where there is ivy. On the other hand our 30 foot Beech hedge is full at the moment of all sorts of bird using it for winter shelter.

planting Hawthorh from cuttings

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 16:54

I would not recommend Hawthorn for hedging, unless you need to keep animals or humans in or out. They have thorns and are a b......to  dispose of the trimmings. Go for Beech or Hornbeam, Both keep their leaves over winter so much more bird friendly and NO THORNS!

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 09:02

I understamd whar Verdun is saying. I grow hundreds of Hellebores from seed each year and eventually throw most of them on the compost heap as they are not good enough or are exactly the same as ones I have.

I do the same with Geum too.

In a way it depends on the size of your garden. Filling a huge space like ours say, is expensive so cheap planrs is the way to go. Finding the one plant  which is perfect for the spot in a small garden needs a different approach.

Still would like to get my hands on Hh. purpurascens, viridis,  and any other of the species.

If you can get seed grown H. thibeticus then go for it.

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 12:38

Division of Helleborus orientalis is best done in later Summer/early Autmn as they grow new roots as the temepratures begin to fall.

A little tale from a few years back.

We went to a local Supermarket (independent one) and waited while they unloaded a lorryload of plants. We looked at them as they were carried in and thought they were good quaality and price.  didn't nuy as we already had all the ones we could see. Then drove to a near by gardem cemtre. Surpise, the same lorry was off loading there too. We looked at the plants, same size, same varieties same quality.................£10 more!

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 11:00

Oh and as far as Nursery prices are concerned. It has reached the stage now where we can no longer afford to buy. I am sure that in these days of cutbacks and reduced spending power there are a lot of people in the same position as us. Have they never heard of the law of diminishing returns?

By the way I still sell my fund raising stuff at £1 for Alpines and £1.50 for border plants.

7cm pot is about 6 p, a label 1p and say about 10p for compost and fertiliser. Maximum cost per plant is 20 p. Work out the rest of the costs for yourself and see how much mark up there may be at a Garden Centre.

 

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 10:56

Do be careful, it is only the Orientalis type hybrids which should be scalped. Hh. niger, foetidus, ericsmithii etc should only have dead or damaged leaves removed.

I grow the Orientalis hybrids by the hundred and I never remove the leaves of the babies. unless the leaves are ' bad' . I find that if I do the plant dies.

Help please to stop ground covering plant spreading.

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:31

That depends on how much salt you put on. A tiny amound on the leaf of the unwanted planyed would do little harm. Half a packet on the soil would leave it sterile for a long time.

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