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Latest posts by Posy

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Pinching out

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 21:30

Thank you, I will give it a try.

Baby rats in compost bin

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 10:54

Get a cat! They have no compunction whatsoever and will keep you vermin-free for years.

Pinching out

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 20:09

I grow cosmos from seed and they usually do very well but a friend said they would be better if I pinched them out. What do you think? She suggested you should pinch out all annuals. I'm a bit frightened of taking out the growing tips in case they just give up and refuse to grow at all.

Online plant ordering

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 22:21

Parkers, Sutton's and T&M just have a standard charge but the quality sites like Crocus and many smaller nurseries charge £10. I had a chat with the crocus people, who were very sympathetic and said they couldn't get a carrier for less. I think they may require a better delivery service to make sure plants arrive fresh and the right way up. What ever it is, it really limits what you order!

Online plant ordering

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 21:15

I live in the Isle of Wight and many companies charge an additional £10 to deliver here. It is cheaper to have stuff sent to Ireland, for heaven's sake. I can stand on the hill behind the house and see Portsmouth and Southampton but it would still cost an extra £10 for a dicentra.

Online plant ordering

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 18:17

I have just received an order from Parkers, Sam and the plants are all fine. They were a little dry on arrival and needed a good soak but they look merry as crickets now. I think you have just been unlucky. Before you write them off, though, give your perennials a chance because they just may be dormant. I wouldn't give them fertiliser, or strong sunlight, though, I'd pop them into a general purpose compost and put them somewhere cool and bright. I really hope they perk up. Shopping online is always doubtful but the usual rule applies - the more you pay, the better chance of getting a good product and Parkers are about as cheap as you will find. My neighbour got some smashing perennials from Lidl!

Is this normal

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 10:58

Hostafan, I thought it was just me who talks to them! I've had some very awkward moments when a neighbour or the postman appears unexpectedly. My husband is used to it.

Philadelphus Beauclerk

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 23:55

Don't worry, it is just waiting for things to warm up. I have a long established philadelphus and a new one bought last year and neither is showing any signs of life at all. A cutting in the greenhouse is just budding.

J Parkers

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 07:45

I have never had a problem with Sutton's plants.


Posted: 20/03/2015 at 07:43

I think that they need a heated propagator to start them off. Marilyn is right that they need a tightish pot but some can grow very vigorously so keep an eye that they don't get so tight there is no room for the compost.

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