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Why I resort to online purchases....

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:30

My local garden center is quite big but for some examples of issues.. It sells the same brand of cottage perennials that a local discount store  does though they sell at 3 for £5 and the GC sells at 4.99 each.. It has a great rose collection (all David Austin potted) and they are actually cheaper than his web site - however they come guaranteed with free greenfly and diseases before you get them home..

I'm with you Verdun - I spend a lot of money and I want some guarantee of quality re plants and bulbs - I find the main "Quality" mail order suppliers excellent and also no quibble when it comes to any problems.. Then again some of the mail order people are awful beyond belief (but I think we know who they are)

I do try to buy as much local stock from NGS gardens though if they have stuff for sale.

Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 12:32

I agree Jo.. Fisrt time I havent had to hit fast forward through Joe Swifts  articles or some misplaced travel program for months.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 17:04

@davids10 all of those david.. And the challenge. It was derelict 4 years ago.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:45

Love the gate Katherine.. Very Artisan

A few from this afternoon now the sun has finally decided to appear.

The front garden is just ready to open up with Lupins, Delphiniums, Clematis, all holding back.

 The Verbascums, Geums, Veronicas and Luzula Nivea have been showing for weeks though - as have the Aquilegias which have reverted sadly and need pulling out but they were so densely budded I left them for the bees for now..


 But its been a superb year for Aliums. Not even remotely affected by the gale force wind and rain earlier this week and being so exposed.


Plant/Weed/Wild flower? ID

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 20:30

Growing among the hedges and edges of the fields.

Picture doesn't quite get how intense the blue./purple is.




Posted: 30/05/2015 at 09:34

Glorious Morning here, though I feel like I'm in the eye of a hurricane as its walls of blackness in the distance in every direction..


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 16:49

Suns out and the first of the Lupins has opened - a yellow variety - Chandelier- Only problem is they look rather lost and out of time with the rest of that bed. Oh well at least they match the buttercups in the next field


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:45

I know where your coming from Fairygirl..

Its raining here like a waterfall and we have the promise of 9C to look forward to today. At least I can put the hose pipe away

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 16:18

Wow thats a sunglasses out corner. Just been trying a new lense in the gloom here. Last of the tulips finishing in the bank to the south before the horses fields and the Aliums (purple sensation) just starting. (Luckily the Horses seem to hate the taste of Onion)

 Dont have a name but have loved this black tulip against the stonework.

Geum  Mrs Bradshaw against A very silvery version of Veronica - the name has escaped me.





Cosmos seedlings

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:35

As an experiment I have actually put  a few out already into the more sheltered areas of the garden. I found last year they seemed to lack strength from being inside to long..  Im also only bothering to pinch 50% of them as well for a change.

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What do you underplant your Aliums with

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ID please

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Any ideas what this is before it flowers

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