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......the good guys

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 22:02


This one is only for VERDUN!

Thirty quid down the Swanee! 

 Year before last  I ordered from T&M 5 Wild Swan anemones, twenty five quid plus a fiver postage! They were dead on arrival  no roots but T&M eventually replaced them, they never made any effort to grow and died!

I also ordered the same from Hayloft for the same cost, they also arrived dead no roots, and they also eventually all died!

Earlier this year I contacted Hayloft  only to ask if there was a problem with them, they said they "were difficult" and said they would replace them in June.

Which I am very happy with, but no success with T&M!

They all must buy these plug plants in  from some other grower as they are the same price and the plug plants all look if they are out off the same mold! Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

I usually never have a problem growing on plants but these have been impossible so far!



mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 11:36

I use either washing up liquid or Jeyes fluid and never appear to have any larvae,

I use a bamboo cane to stir up the surface to make it foam, which does the trick!

prevention is better than cure!

Sad rhubarb

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 21:54

I have 7 different varieties some of which I forced under large black compost bins!

The forced lot was fine , I sell it at the WI market, but the rest never came to much this season, most of the unforced lot went limp and has now fallen over!

This is the first year that this has occurred!

The roots sold in GCs are a disgrace re guarding size,they could hardly cut them any smaller if they tried!

I bought some in a sale for 50p a packet, it took 4 years till I got decent sized plants!



Best place to buy Dahlias online?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 19:44


Is there not a garden centre near you?

buying on line is usually much more expensive and you will have to wait for delivery of between four and six quid " for carriage, packing and insurance!"

As for Parkers my last two deliveries' have been total rubbish and you will wait for 28 days for your order to be dispatched!

You have heard of the old saying,"once bitten twice shy" well more fool me I went and ordered again and got caught out a second time, never again!

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 19:09
Verdun wrote (see)


Apparently anemone Wild Swan is difficult to grow but not for me.   It is a new form of anemone that flowers early summer......can be late spring....onwards into autumn.  Lovely white flowers with blue backs .......making a very attractive plant.  

Correction Verdun, so far with me it has been impossible to get them started to grow on, never mind actually grow, but I have high hopes someday!

Ps, I will be round with my hobnailed boots on to see anyone who mentions it!


Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 14:56


Verdun, mentioning Anemone Wild Swan is banned on this forum until further notice!


Discount code

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:45



Don't touch their plants, I ordered and received their new bare root Geums 6 for £25, partially because they were offering free carriage.

When they arrived they were finger length  completely slimy and rotten, when I contacted them they said post them back for a refund (I paid the postage).

I received a cheque for £15 69, I had to contact them again and they refunded the rest!

Then on one of the TV channels I happened to see they were selling them, massive clean plants that did not fit on the presenters hand,  they were massive the plants not his hand!.

There definitely  is some thing rotten about this lot!


the vernon geranium company

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 17:12
Mark 499 wrote (see)

Yes same company as T&M, had problems with them last year, plants arrived detached from their plugs, unbelievably they were just cuttings with no roots pushed into a plug.

Bought a collection of multi coloured leaved geraniums some years ago, they too were just cuttings pushed into plugs no roots as most of them had fallen out of their plugs, they were total rubbish!

And they were almost all green and silver leaves not much multi coloured ones, they did give me my money back but only after I had returned them!


I sometimes wonder how these companies survive, as I would never order anything from them again!

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 21:28


You have to rogue out the wishy washy colours, or else they take over!

My worst colours are a washed out pinky/mauve, they get the chop as soon as I see flower colour!

Last year a brimstone yellow appeared from out of the blue, it has just had it's first flower this season "AND" it appears to have kept it's colour, not reverted as they sometimes do!


Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 19:41


Hosta So Sweet , large white flowers and sweetly scented, grows well as well, what more could you ask?

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