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Recommend online plant suppliers

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:17

Hi Lucy.  Over the years I have dealt with many nurseries and suppliers who now use the web.  As has been mentioned.  There are several threads on this forum about such.  To be honest.  I prefer to visit and buy, even then sad to say.  I have spent good money on rubbish.  I do find that Ebay often have some good outlets. Some sellers are big business others are like you and me trying to sell our produce. With these latter ones.  Usually a good sale is made, and the feedback is so important.  It can be difficult if you live miles from anywhere.

Jess.  I agree with you.

Sara.  I have dealt with Parkers since the 1960's  Great for bulbs, often many special offers.  Sad to say.  Plants!!! IMHO I steer clear.

plant combinations suggestions

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:01

I am so glad that you don't intend having a set formal border.  You certainly appear to have done your homework.  Remember most of what you have listed, will actually die down in the winter.  The Hebes offer a great range.  Have you thought about some of the winter flowering shrubs.  Daphne etc.  Also the Cornus.  Cornus rubra has brilliant red stems which light up a border.  They are so easy to cut back and regulate their growth according to your requirements.  To give balance.  I would suggest doing a bit of paperwork along with some good catalogues.  Computer software can help also.  Your herbs will do well planted amongst other stuff.  Subjects such as Salvias.  The reds, Blaze of Fire etc can go in groups amongst the smaller shrubs.  Don't forget.  Salvias come in all shapes and sizes and colours..  Even some annuals will go well and blend in.  Once the shrubs have been planted.  Then keeping the other stuff in pots, until you have made your mind up, then plant.  In the meantime,you can juggle the stock around.  Take a tip.  Don't worry too much about height.  It's sometimes good to notice a plant hiding away.

Best of luck.

Do I talk too much.?

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:42

Archiepem.  Most evenings around nine pm.  That is my computer time plus one, two three or more tipples of the Scottish nectar.  Thankfully it gives me a night's sleep.  I totally agree, that it is so easy at times to offend someone, when you can't see their facial reactions.  I have perhaps mentioned this before.  Anytime any of you are in London and especially near Eltham.  Let me know beforehand.  It would be nice to meet and say hello.

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:29

Most of the time.  My lilies are grown in the greenhouse.  Thankfully I am able to keep an eye on them.  Pravado is good.  As soon as my bulbs began to show, I sprayed.  Like our friend has mentioned.  Spray the soil area as well especially if growing in pots.  When you do spot the red devils. Pinch them in half between finger and thumb.  Try and not allow them to drop.  You'll never find them.  Adults will overwinter on other plants but not eat them.  The youngsters develop in those black dollops of excretia like stuff.  Regarding bees.  Most chemicals now hve better instructions on the label.  Usually it is suggested that spraying takes place early in the morning.  Bees hate the cold so they stay in.  Also late at night, when once agin they have all gone home.  This year.  I have been plagued with aphids and tiny snails.  Best wishes to everyone as we fight these little monsters.

plant IDS

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:17

Have you thought about, potting up what can't at the moment be recognised.  Then once the tulips have finished, then give the border a good going over.  That way you will find it so much easier having a clear run.

Do I talk too much.?

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:24

Thanks folks.  I wasn't touting for compliments etc. As I spend so much time alone now, I really do enjoy so much being able to 'open up' and share my thoughts.  Thanks again.  EOS

mystery indoor tree

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 20:16

Hi Jen.

I have to admit.  This one stumps me. The leaves look very strange and there appears to be a covering of farinos to the stems.  Might I suggest googling  some Dutch nurseries with your pictures.  Most continetals speak english.  Plus there are a few online translation sites. Hope this helps.

Poisonous Plants

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:08

So Michael.  As one Mike to another.  A very big welcome to you. Have you ever heard the saying.  Most Mike's think alike?  Well I was toying with the idea of compiling a list of poisonous plants.  So perhaps I can sit back and watch, and learn

Do I talk too much.?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:42

Orkid lady and friends.  Please be honest and frank.  Do I in my posts/replies, talk too much?  Believe me.  I also subscribe to the RHS forum.  By far. This frum is the liveliest.  In all honesty. As perhaps most have gathered.  I hate to ofend anyone.  I love horticulture, and I am so pleaseed to be ale to share myknowoledge with others.  Plese, pease tell me.  If at any time I am comming over a bit too heavey.


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:19

Re your dianthus. Might I suggest pinching out.  Go down to the first pair of leaves. Pinch out.. The go a furthe three set of leaves, pinch out

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Enough is enough.

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Eucalyptus trees & Paropsisterna selmani

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Orchid Lady

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Help Please.

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To cut everything down, or leave.

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Something of an apology.

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RHS Lily Group Bulb Auction.

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Computer problems

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Back to the Lecture Hall.

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Hidden treasures.

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Modern Technology etc.

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