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Oh not the aster too....

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 21:35


If you are some dead beat Botanist that no one has heard off and wanting funding from the gov or other agency, they will not support dead beats, but now someone who has "renamed" some plant species he or she must be someone special and needs to be sponsored!

We sometimes have something like this in our works, everyone knows about it, but they get the funding and keep their positions!

And also get a larger size of hat!

Sweet William

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 21:26


But cut them down and give them a top dressing of compost, I did this with mine and they are putting on some fine new growth!

Ps Certain sections in Scotland call them Stinking Billy's,

......the good guys

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 22:49


Ordered 24 plugs Cheyenne Spirit from Jersey Plants Direct (for myself) and planted them in my allotment!

Apart from 2 plugs that were attacked by slug or snail but have recovered slightly, the rest grew on strongly and are now either flowering or showing colour,

The colours so far are very vivid, I am well pleased with them!

The only downside is that my father and father in law have their beady eyes on them, the up side is that they have said to order some more and they will pay for them!

Hopefully they will come during September!

Where NOT to order from online

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 21:02

The Telegraph and other newspaper so called offers are from the usual shady operators who would appear to send out their rubbish and other substandard plants!

Would never order through any newspaper again!

Once I ordered plants (£100.00 worth) and "when they eventually arrived" they were from Crocus, slime balls in stead of plants all off them.

Had a terrible job convincing them the plants were rubbish, they eventually replaced some, with the same sort of rubbish.

I eventually got most of my money refunded, it came in dribs and drabs, in the end I gave up as abad job and put it down to experience!

Would agree Ballyrobert  and Hayloft are worth a look, as for some of the so called big boys Grrrrr!

How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 16:28


Slug and snail control!

I find the only sure and successful way is to go out when there is a full moon, roll up my trouser leg, it has to be the left one, place my foot in a bucket of water,sipping a glass of moonshine, it never fails to get rid of the blighters!

Ps, you have to leave your shoe on, brown or black, green ones don't work!

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 11/07/2017 at 13:54


Hot lips is about the hardiest Salvia there is,the recommended pruning regime is a light trim in the Autumn and when growth starts in the Spring to cut it back quite severely, or else you will get long shoots and few flowers!

The ones I have have fully red flowers at firs,t changing to red and white most of the flowering season and then fully white in the Autumn!

As hot lips is a vigorous grower, I top dress mine with garden compost and feed also with fertilizer, which probably makes them grow more vigorously, such is life!


Duped by online "garden centre"

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 22:31

The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013

In accordance with the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013, you have the right to cancel your order at any time up to 14 days after receipt. If you wish to cancel an order please contact our Customer Care department within 7 working days after receipt. You must take reasonable care of the goods whilst in your possession and they must be returned to us, promptly, at your cost. We can arrange collection of larger items, but you will be charged for this service at cost. We reserve the right to cancel any order.

Guarantee for 100% Customer Satisfaction

We promise to supply products in prime condition. If for any reason you are not 100% delighted upon receipt of your order, please advise us by email or in writing within 7 days and we will offer a replacement (subject to availability), or credit, or refund the purchase price.

Please note that any manufactured goods (e.g. gardening sundries) must be returned if you require a refund. It would be helpful if photographic evidence is provided when requesting a refund or replacement.

Please advise us promptly as this allows a replacement to be sent (subject to availability) and to ensure you still have time to achieve total satisfaction from your purchases.

If your plants show no signs of healthy growth after potting or planting, providing you followed exactly the instructions supplied, we will replace, credit or refund the purchase price if you notify us within 30 days of receipt of your order.

If any item supplied in a dormant state (e.g. bulbs, bare root perennials) fails to flourish the next season, let us know and we will endeavour to replace the product at the appropriate time or credit or refund the purchase price. Any plant or bulb that fails to grow true to type will be replaced, credited or refunded.

We cannot accept responsibility for items that fail to grow due to extreme weather conditions, over or under-watering, or which have not been cared for according to the easy-to-follow instructions supplied.

These are in their terms and conditions, hope this helps.



Posted: 10/06/2017 at 23:01


I am having the same problem,four separate rows of plants all the fruits taken and placed in heaps.

I have started with mouse traps, one mouse in each trap since I started using them,lord knows how many there are?

Have not had any to eat ourselves so far because of them!

Last edited: 10 June 2017 23:01:53

J Parkers rose delivered dead/diseased?

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 14:52


The following description if from the Rose magazine regarding rose bushes!

Grade 1
Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras must have three or more strong canes, two of which are at least 18 in. (45 cm) long. The canes should be well-spaced around the graft.

Floribundas meet the same standards, but the canes need only be 15 in. (38 cm) long.


J Parkers rose delivered dead/diseased?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 23:37

Victoria Sponge


I'm not being the least bit unfair to those posters who disagree, the facts are "that" rose should never have been sent out in the first place!

There are always people who defend the indefensible and contradict some one or some thing!

As I said our gardening society bought at a discount quite a lot of plants and shrubs some years ago, most of the stuff was total crap!

I did not learn the lesson, two years ago I bought just under £100 worth of perennials mainly echinaceas to share with my father and father in law!

They were so called bare root plants and that is all they were roots,which arrived in poly bags, the plants were completely dried out, mouldy and dead, would Parkers accept it, no, even when I sent photographic proof!

They said plant them and if in a month they have not grow, let them know.

I, my father and father in law actually can tell when a plant is living or not!

It is bad enough getting sent rubbish for oneself without having to explain to others about them!

Anyway I eventually with a lot of correspondence got around £70 refunded, but in three parts they don't like parting with money, I gave up after that!

And I don't blame anyone but myself, as I had see the gardening society's order, so I should have taken heed!



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