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Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:16

So Sweet and White Feather!

Having tried to grow hostas from seed with very little success, all the ones with light coloured leaves die out in the first year and I am then left with ones with dark green leaves which are useless so I compost them!

I tried to get seed from So Sweet but none set any seed, I posted on an American site ,the home of hostas, got back lots of replies very quickly, it was sterile, so just enjoy it as it is!

Got White Feather from Parkers, one of the very few successes from them, even though they were miserable little pieces of stem and some roots! 

They are  not very  vigorous growers by any means but I have propagated them and in the springtime when they are looking good I take them to the Woman's Institute market, they are always snapped up as most people have never seen anything like them!

I always explain to whoever buys them that the lovely cream colours don't last very long before they turn green leaved with cream veins and look miserable!

This never seems to put them off,and I do get some regular customers without complaints!

Another wonderful one is "Fire Island", but it also dies out , even though I bring it into the GH over winter!


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 21:41

With the exception of So Sweet, white and perfumed flowers, most of the rest are washed out mauve colours .

I usually cut them out as soon as they show spikes!

Garden News seeds

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 20:57

Re free seeds, not only from GN but others.

I find that there are almost none of the packets are varieties that I would actually take the trouble to grow especially as there are lots of sunflowers, I don't know anyone either at the gardening club or on our allotments who bother with sunflowers!

My pal gives me most of his, I take the lot to sell at the garden club (10p per packet) for club funds and there are very few takers, so they are lying in a box at home .

I am still waiting for the wow factor from one of them!

Ps I did sow Penstemons last year and they are nifty little plants so far!

Horticulture Dissertation Help - Ladies Only!

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:36

pairs are best!

I have a friend who does all the local shows,he does all the heavy work and most of the planting and looking after the growing and harvesting!

When it comes to the choosing the flowers and veggies for showing his better half does the choosing, preparing and staging to great effect as well.

AND she collects the rosettes!


Wrong plants sent by mail order

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:42


J parkers dutch bulbs

Have bought plants only of them twice, first time rubbish which they eventually replaced with more rubbish,should have learned my lesson then!

Two years ago received their catalogue and in a moment of weakness ordered £90 worth of plants, total mistake, though delivered with in the time scale, almost all were dead and dried out, some were missing, I cannot remember how many e-mails it took to get refunds, yes refunds, they kept refunding the odd amounts (£5.42,  £3.69 etc) in the end I gave up and out of pocket, never again!

The reason for my second order was to get alstroemeria   Indian summer plugs, they were small but grew  and flowered well!

Anyone a winner?

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:26



Not a sausage, ever!

But won a fortune on Premium Bonds, twice .


Ps 25 quid each time!

Wrong plants sent by mail order

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 16:42


RE  Bakers and Parkers

They're Dutch, Dutch growers have a truly terrible reputation in the horticultural trade!

They will not pay their due for "Plant Breeders Rights" will call plants by another name, but expect others to pay them!



The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:00


I to have used Erin beside others, but last year it's texture was not as good as before, but I will give it another go as some of the others are just total crap, all this so called green nonsense from those who have little commonsense!

Against peat the rest are almost useless, I was given a lot of coir blocks by a gardening rep last year, which when soaked in water expand,they were supposed to be better than peat but as I have said were useless

Re Ashwoods, last year I was passing and called in, amongst other things I bought 3 bags of washed river sand, perfect, no smalls or fines just pure sand perfect for making my own composts up!

Only problem it's a long way there and back!


Posted: 11/01/2015 at 17:43


Don't know any of their names but have 2 clumps of singles flowering for a few days but another 2 clumps of doubles have not shown through the soil yet, but this is usual as the singles usually finish flowering before the doubles bother their heads!

Here's one for the global warming/climate change brigade, my Grans sister was born on the 19th January 1940, there was a large clump of snowdrops flowering in the garden, so her mum said that she was her little snowdrop, the name stuck and when she was a child her pet name was Snowdrop!

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 21:24

Hi Verdun, finally got around to answering you!

My plants were growing in a border of very good growing medium, the ordinary soil was bulked up with lots of garden compost, peat, stable manure and washed river sand.

I had been growing two varieties of pink (one Queen Charlotte) and one white one which have grown very well over a few years, I actually had to thin them out last Autumn, so the two WS should also have done well there, but they kicked the bucket!

The survivor was planted in a border facing east to west, much the same soil, only hope it survives the winter, will give it a bit of cover from the rain/wet later!

They were all plug plants, contacted T&M but no reply, Hayloft said they were very difficult to grow, at least they replied more than that other lot did!



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