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Verdict....your new plants this year

Posted: Yesterday at 13:43

Dinner plate dahlias have been stunning, potentilla flowers have been nice and so pleased to now have hostas.  Not very impressed with my coreopsis, although it did flower eventually.  It was too outgrown and messy for me although having started off as preferring very strict and manicured beds, I can now see the beauty in the cottage type flowers ... I think there will be another chunk of lawn being lost to flowers next year to make way.  I've fallen in love with agapanthus and cosmos too.

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 10:42

SweetPea93 sorry, I didn't see your post from a while back.  Yes, I live on the Isle of Man.

day lilies

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 22:48

Mine were new in this year and yes, I must admit that they were a little like a damp squid.  Plenty of promise but then fizzled out to maybe 4 flowers.  I assumed it was because they were new and they would be better next year.


Posted: 28/08/2014 at 18:27

I think knowing Parkers' system helps though.  If you claim within the guarantee period, they will give you a full refund without quibble.  I use them often and find their communication and service excellent. 

J Parkers let down

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 19:11

Yes, I agree Lyn.  Providing we're willing to nuture the plants, they do grow really well.  They offer fantastic value for money.  The other thing that I've found that if one out of say, a pack of 3 doesn't survive, they replace all 3 of the plants.  Apart from some really specific requirements which I've purchased locally, my garden is full of Parkers produce.

Cherry Laurel hedging

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 20:14

Erm, excuse me but please do remember that I live on the Isle of Man.  Try adding on courier charges for two four foot cherry laurels to what you would pay in the UK and I think you'll find that the price would come out much the same as what I have paid.  We're very happy with the laurels and the fact that they will soon be higher than the fence has done the job as far as we're concerned.  Having done some research before buying bigger plants, we reached the conclusion that on this occasion buying bigger plants was the best idea and yes, they will take longer to establish but again, being on the Isle of Man they should have established well before the frosts set in. 


Cherry Laurel hedging

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 15:06

Fleurisa, I'm going to go with Nut's suggestion because it feels right from a common sense point of view but I'm interested in why you're suggesting I cut them back by half?  I've just paid £50 for two older plants so that I don't have to wait as long for them to grow, so what would be the point in chopping them in half? 


Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:36

But of course on the Isle of Man, it's still lovely - warm and lots of sunshine  

Cherry Laurel hedging

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:32

I'll be on to it tomorrow Nut.  Thanks for your help.

Ok Rhod, at the risk of showing my ignorance, (I'll plead that I'm a novice gardener with only a year's experience ) - how do I tell if I have a female plant????

Cherry Laurel hedging

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:41

  Yes, ha ha, it won't be long before we get our privacy back.  I'd read that they grow as wide as they do tall.  How long though do you think I should wait before giving them a chop all over, with them being newly planted today?

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Cherry Laurel hedging

How do I get Cherry Laurel to flower and produce berries? 
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Still flowering well! 
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Presenting .... Hosta Corner 
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What's the name of the super strength solution that kills it? 
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My yellow standard rose is white

New standard rose appears to be the wrong colour 
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New plot

Which flowers go together to provide colour from April to October 
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I've got my very own hosta :-) :-) :-) :-) 
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Is this all Campanula Portenschlagiana?

Or have they been over run by another weed? 
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