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J Parkers let down

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 21:55
Verdun wrote (see)

Morning hollytree

I agree exactly with you.  Bulbs good but plants awful

Make that 3 agrees!

Bees in ground?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:41

It might just be a carpenter Bee or Leaf Cutter Bee.

neighbours fence

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 14:52

I would agree with Bob.

neighbours fence

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 13:53

Akebia and Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea) come to mind as does most Clematis and even the Kiwi Vine.

Has the nieghbour said that you can grow things on their fence? If it is theirs then you have no right to touch it - so no staining, painting, hanging clothes lines, plants etc on it. Better to ask (on paper in case they move) before adding vines to it.

HELP:Starting from Scratch!!

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 22:19

I would start by writing things down.

What do you want from the garden? Privacy, nice views, impress people, grow food?

Then plan where the sun is, where the soil is dry/damp. What you like or dislike

Basics are fork, spade, trowel, secateurs and mower.

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 09:51

Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) aka Mindanao Gum. Its bark looks like a child has painted it! Not at all hardy alas.

J Parkers let down

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:37

Not had a bad experience with J.Parkers. I have had 2 plants fail but were replaced without a problem. Personally they should advise on the site if a plant is in stock or not. I have had no problems with their bulbs - healthy and raring to go! Better than the dried out bulbs in supermarkets and garden centres.

Hardy Tropical or Mediterranean Plants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:30

Hardtropicals ( is the place to get more inspiration.

Verdun's suggestions are spot on though for Palms, the only one provan truly hardy in the UK is Trachycarpus fortunei. Canary Island Date Palm (CIPD)  is not hardy and should be seen as annual bedding apart from fortunate places in coastal Cornwall etc. Otherwise inside a dry greenhouse all winter, but they grow big.

Musa and ensete look the part and canna musifolia are tropical looking and give the jungle look.

Salina's suggestion for Euphorbia is also spot on!

Rodgersia, Ligularia, Rheum, Gunnera Manicata, Bamboo also immediately come to mind.


Posted: 28/05/2013 at 18:38

I have them outside all winter. Pots or ground depends of climate (how wet it is in winter) and soil drainage. I have mine in large pots with cherry trees, so the soil dries quickly and is free draining.

Onions from Seed

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 09:49

I love how quickly Onion grow from seed - am always shocked that a tiny seed can grow into a large onion in months. You tranfer the onions into the ground with most of the bulb showing. Take care not to disturb the roots, so dig a hole and plant with all the soil. Sunny a spot as possible and keep watering. Easy.

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