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Latest posts by JIMMMY

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 21:10

I once had a prairie garden here in Gloucester but had to give it up, the buffalo or (PC bison) kept stampeding all over it when being chased by Injuns!


Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 19:51

Wild Swan has finally flowered, two miserable little flowers, to say i'm underwhelmed is an understatement after about three season of trying and lots of plants and free replacement ones as well!

Managed to get three plants to actually live and actually grow away strongly this year, then August time two of them rotted and turned to mush, the one survivor gave a single stem with the two flowers on!

Don't know if the survivors were supplied by T&M or Hayloft but it must have cost them a fortune in replacement plants and postage, as well as good will, as I have not bought any plants from either of them since!

Asters.To split or not

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 20:23


I split mine into a single stem/root after flowering every year and dump the left overs!

This way there is plenty of air around the plants and "no mildew".

And they grow much larger flower heads into the bargain!



Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 00:40


Have just transplanted 48 small mixed salvia plants which were grown from cuttings, they have a  really extensive root system!

Also have lots of Echinacea seedlings from seed saved from named varieties are now germinating.

The seeds and cuttings  were sown/rooted in a mixture of finely riddled pure peat and washed river sand, six of peat to one of sand which gives a nice open mixture!

They were all kept in the greenhouse!

Hope they continue as they have started!

Pick Axe

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:56

Hammer it down hard a few times, then soak it over night in water to swell the shaft that will ensure it is tight!

My father always did this with both sledge hammers and pick axe before he used them!

Bargins on the high street

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 21:28

Re T & M,

Avoid them like the plague for plants, they send out dead  or ones covered in slime and after a bit of a ho ha they refund the cost of the plants but not the carriage which is a fiver, though you eventually get that as well if you persevere!

J Parker are exactly the same.

I have had too much hassle from both of them this year, so will never order from them in future!


sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:41


They are as tough as old boots and they root very easily,  hard or semi hardwood cuttings will do now!

New Allotment but what to grow now?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 22:04


Keep on top of the weeds, easier said than done, they break the spirit of newbies on our plots so they give up!

Good gardening!



Posted: 10/08/2014 at 22:00


I bought Queen Mum plants in 9cm pots, it took them over 3 years to get the first flower on each!

Thought I might get my pension before they flowered, this year  they have flowered for the first time!

RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 18:04


Three years ago ordered a collection of Echinaceas from Daily telegraph, they were delivered from Crocus!

They were total rubbish, sodden wet compost and the so called plants were slime.

When I complained about the plants and whoever had selected and sent them out, no reply but another lot arrived under the banner of the RHS this time!

Again the same quality of plants and pots, so they must be the same supplier.

After a lot of trouble I got some money returned, not it all but some,after another try some more but not the carriage, but in the end they refunded that as well!

I wrote to The DT and to Crocus about the rubbish they supplied and was this quality they supplied  to the Chelsea lot I bet not!

I never expected or received a reply from either!

So DT RHS and Crocus are no nos in my eyes, no mater what excellent service others have had!

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