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Bad service, bad plants beware!

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 16:32

Sorry to hear of your experience with the garden centre group.  The main reason to order online is to get the deal of 60 plugs for 5.99.  If you waited they had the same deal later on at the garden centre so i guess i did not gain much overall.  The only benefit is that you get to see what you are buying and are not disappointed with small/broken plugs arriving and all the rigmarole of complaining. 

Bad service, bad plants beware!

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 21:06

I purchased lots of plug plants this year from the garden centre group and picked these up from my local blooms centre.  If ordered early then you could get 60 plugs of various geraniums/petunias etc for £6.  You pick your prefered pick up weekend and they e mail you to remind you and your order is ready for you when you go.  These plugs were absolutely first class and i have some excellent plants growing today showing lots of flower and i did not loose 1 plug out of the 420 purchased.They were an absolute bargain and will order again next year. 

Rambling roses

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 20:50

Try sending off for the david austin catalogue free of charge 01902 376300.  Just received mine and its a lovely read with many pictures/hints/tips on all sorts of roses. 

Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 20:47

On the subject of scarlet flax i sow them in 24 sections and plant them out as a group with a small green cane as support.  The variety Charmer is absolutely lovely with shades of pink and a lovely apricot .  Try to save some seed from the small seed pods which ripen to small pea size rock hard pods. 

small tree suggestions please

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 19:44

North facing aspect may be a problem but try either a laburnum vossii or perhaps one of the smaller varieties of crab apple.  Nice leaf colour on some varieties in spring and autumn combined with fruit and flower in the spring/ autumn winter.  I have recently planted several trees bought from hilliers at £40 each.  Nice selection and they do mail order as well.

How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 19:32

Dont prune it in the autumn as a hard winter will get into the cut ends and will result in dieback and possible death of the bush.  Trim back lightly in april and allow for bush to heal over and to produce a small amount of new growth which will harden off by the start of winter.  Never hard prune pittosporum as they do not respond well. 

Hydrangea Soil PH?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 19:25

Your plant should stay white but if you want to be sure you can water it with sequestrene in rain water if you live in a hard water(limey) area.  If you want a blue flowered plant then water with hydrangea colourant and the plant will turn blue. 

What is it?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 19:19

Its common scale insect  which is easily treated by wiping over the affected branches with meths on a cloth.  Bay trees/acers are common hosts. If too many spray with provado systemic insecticide.

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