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bulbs throughout the seasons

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:12

Thanks Geoff. Won't they come up in Summer if I plant now though? 

bulbs throughout the seasons

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:06

oh, I forgot to mention that in the fututr, when I'm more organised (!) I will try to sow my annual meadow in Autumn rather than in Spring, so ideally I am looking for bulbs/corms that don't need lifting, dividing etc in early Spring, as this would disrupt my seeds.

bulbs throughout the seasons

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:00


I am making up my first meadow using Cornfield Annual seeds, on a totally new oval bed surrounded by plum slate, in a small urban garden.

Since the annuals will be dying back around Autumn-ish, I'm guessing, I'd love to underplant the bed with bulbs that'll be coming up late Summer/Autumn. Can I plant these now, before I sow my meadow seed, or is it too early? Other than autumn flowering, self-naturaling cyclamens, I have no clue about other autumn flowering bulbs, so any input is very welcome!

The site is in full sun, by the way, and well-drained.

Many thanks

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 14:56

Oh no Peter, that really sucks!

RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 14:55

Ok, thanks to both! Yes, Wisley is very dear...


RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:03

Having recently been burnt by Crocus with a really abysmal quality of plants, I am now more reluctant to buy what I can't first see, online...but I'm also so tempted by sites that seem to offer all the plants I desperately want and my garden centre doesn't stock!

Has anyone had either good or bad experiences with the RHS Online Plant Shop, by any chance? Being RHS sort of gives a (possibly) false sense of security that it is problem-free...any advice very welcome


Posted: 29/03/2013 at 21:55

wonder what colour your rhododendron will be - exciting

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 21:53

Thanks all - and for the online nursery time - has been bookmarked

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:35

Thanks Bob - I'll have to learn to be patient then

Dove, that's really useful to know - I tried the nursery you recommended, but they had run out of most stock (probably because I am very late in ordering and they are good!) - good advice about Coxes - have heard so much negative stuff about this variety that I've decide to give the a miss - and yes, I am famous for writing essays which I then delete in a heartbeat!

Thanks Salino - I actually decided to order a dwark M27 Red falstaff in the end - great recommendation it sounds like a good all-rounder and not too difficult for a novice like me. I also have a crab apple close by, so am hoping this will make the Falstaff yield even better in subsequent years.

Thanks to everyone for your advice - it felt good to order my first ever fruit tree today

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:42

@Ryan - yes, a full one! I was so p*ssed off with the quality I saw in just 2 out of the 6 boxes that arrived, that I couldn't be bothered to unpack the rest, but just called them and got them to take the whole lot back. So much of the order was poor, but I was lured by the Gardeners' World Discount and also, it must be said, their lovely site. Best to order individual plants from specialist growers I think, if I can't find what I want in a garden centre. I guess I was a victim of my own impatience and wanted everything NOW!

@steephill - I had never even considered that - thank you! And now you mention it, I do already have a crab apple about 2m away from where the new tree would go, so that sounds perfect. I hadn't realised that self-fertile wasn't as reliable as they make it sound, nor that pears take longer to establish. Would I get apples this year from a 1.5m dwarf apple, or would it be next year now?

@Dove & Brum- why are they temperamental? What results are you getting from your Concorde so far Dove?

Can anyone recommend a good online nursery at all?


Thank you

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