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what to do with unwanted plants

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 21:23

fustrated_gardener I share your feeling about not wanting to bin healthy plants. I've given them away at work or do you have a relative that has a suitable empty space? Or failing that some community group that is interested in plants/gardens

You might have to dig the hole &  plant it as well

T&M offer July Lavender

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 21:16

Doctor_63- From mine & others experience except what the offer said and then some

any suggestions

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 21:12

Hello PLP- I'm a fan of clemantis montanas to cover things quickly. It does grow very, very quickly but it has loads of lovely flowers in Spring, needs very little maintenance apart from having to hack it back when it outgrows it welcome. Just give it something to climb on to and you're away.

Great suggestions re your neighbours gardens, I guess it depends how much time you have to spend and what type of plants you want.

The teardrop bed sounds like it has loads of possibilities


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 20:58

mdw84 - Well done you for getting a refund and the plants.

I was very disappointed at the size of the seedlings, don't think they should be called plants. Mine arrived at the end of May and I have been planted them on, and in the whole they are healthy plants.

For me, I think there should have been a clearer description  on what you are going to get, ie 1 cm plugs(just)  It has put me off buying other "free plants" from T &M. I could get similar results from seed. If I ever do buy again at least I know what I'll be getting.

Having said this, I've grown mine on and this is how they look at the moment

 Pavery- just out of interest are the salvias & penstemons of the same size as the perennial offer?


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 15:12


Usually they grow with no effort or looking after, and spead like mad. Not sure if you are doing anything wrong,could it be that the bulbs you were bought were old?

I think if you haven't seen them come up yet, they are not likely too. Sorry not to be more help




Posted: 06/08/2012 at 15:08

Don't know what it is called but saw this one today

 Despite the wet weather, once the sun comes out there's lots of bees

 Saw this beetle too,not the best picture, does anyone know what it is?


August in your garden...

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 14:35

Despite the awful Summer- the garden has held up well. Could do with some more sun to finally coax, the cosmos and scabious into flower. I've had 3 measly cosmos flowers all year but the plants look very healthy.

My self sown snapdragons have been my favourite so far, started them off indoors in January. Also learn't that dead heading is another full time job!

Taken on the weekend.

 This morning when the sun was out, briefly and before it started raining......again.

 Good to see this back

 Not sure what this called,but looks very similar to the yellow plant that Gary Hobson has and is definatley an insect magnet


perennial plug plants

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 14:01

My perennial plants arrived at the end of May- tbh I was surprised how small they were. I've just kept potting them on. Here's the foxglove & delphs now. Agree with diggingdoris,watch out for slugs and snails.

Will plant these out Sept/October


Overgrown Garden

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 22:16


If it were me, i would cut or strim the area to start to make it more managable and then have a look at what you have in the  garden. Some shrubs are lovely you might find a few good plants in amongst the untidyness.

Are astilbes poisonous to some insects?

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 16:13

Hi higgy, Thanks for the photo, I've seen plenty of these in my garden this year as well, didn't know what they were called. Weird things, a bee was going into one of my snapdragons and the spider crawled out

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