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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!



J Parkers rose delivered dead/diseased?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 14:12


I see people on here defending Parkers, on another post about another company there also were people defending that lot as well!

All that says to me is that the complainant should accept the rubbish that was sent to them and get on with it, whereas if proper plants had been sent in the first place they would not have had to complain!

Looking at the photo of the rose bush, that certainly does not look like a maiden plant, there appears to be at least five dead stumps and the main stem has dead wood near the top, on a maiden bush there should be only be fresh stems with no dead wood!

Shame on JParkers  and also on the posters defending them!

Ps I have nothing to do with JParkers!

J Parkers rose delivered dead/diseased?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 21:10


Email them and let them know, they can be quite helpful>

Their bulbs, corms etc are good, but bare-root perennials roses shrubs are total crap, we bought a lot for the gardening society a few years back, as I said before, total crap, never again!

Also post on here, it lets others know!

Thank you!

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 20:38


Looks very peaceful,enjoy!


......the good guys

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 21:35


Always like (have) to agree with Ladies I took a risk and bought lots of tulips and daff bulbs from Parkers last year, they have been magnificent so far!

"BUT" their bare root plants that I received in the past were an insult, they should never have been sent out, all were completely dries out, none grew!

Also agree with Wakeshine , Pheasant Acre Plants are the pits, don't answer emails when I am trying to find out if they are actually going to send out corms, don't send what colours  I actually wanted and when they do the season is nearly over, never again from that shower!

Ps not only do I order plants for myself, but also for my own father and father in law, it share and share alike!


Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 21:20
Thompson Morgan says:

Hi David

Actually I don't have any of your details to check your order (hence my previous message asking for your details) so I don't know what has been actioned. I was just trying to help.



See original post



Posted: 10/02/2017 at 21:23


I have chain link and chicken wire surrounding my plot!

Last summer when everything we germinating as they came though the soil they were eaten off,peas, beans,cabbage, kohl rabi,carrots, parsnips even gladioli stems as they emerged and they dug out the seed potato tubers!

I could not understand how they were getting in as there was chicken wire at ground level, the chain link upper most as the very small rabbits can squeeze though it, I have seen them do it!

A new plot holder had moved into the next plot,he was there one evening and said quite casually, my dogs were going berserk and I saw a rabbit on your plot, next thing it jumped the fence right into the jaws of my dog, end of rabbit.

I had not told him that I was having trouble with a rabbit, so he was not making it up!

I found it hard to believe as the wire is 4 feet high, but after that I did not loose any more seedling or plants.

Also, I never have seen any evidence of rabbits trying to burrow under the wire, only out on the paths between plots!



Posted: 27/01/2017 at 17:14


I used to use lots of manure when planting my potatoes, but always had blight and the potatoes riddled by keel slugs making them unusable!

The old chap on the plot beside mine told me,manure only destroys potatoes, I (he) only use growmore, and he had the crop to prove it!

Two seasons ago I followed his advice, I did not use any manure only special potato fertilizer, and did not have any blighted or slug damaged potatoes, the same with last year, very large crop and very clean!

His and my potatoes we compared were Desire, so we were comparing like for like!

I practice crop rotation and also get loads of stable manure for free, I still use it but not for potatoes and also add it to my compost bins!

One of the beds I grew them in last year was were I grow carrots, parsnips and beetroot which i have added riddled compost and lots of sand to, the potatoes from that part were exceptional, good size and very clean!

Lupins from Wilkos

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 21:04

Because of the thick root system, lupins bought bare root are very difficult to get growing, I have tried and failed!

Best to buy seed, not the cheapest packet as they usually have poorly packed flower stems, wildly spaced, they grow easily and you can save seed from the best one!

As lupins are usually short lived, you can take and propagate from soft cuttings easily, again of any that you like!

Good luck!

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