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Stella Cherry Blossoms have no petals

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 08:19

Hello everyone,

I don't know if anyone else has had this problem, but the flower buds on my two Stella Cherry trees have only the green sepals when they open and no white petals.  They are in a fruit cage so it can't be bird attack and they appear to be healthy otherwise.  I had the same problem last year.  I bought them both about four years ago and have been fan training them from whips.  Is it possibly a genetic problem as they both came from the same supplier?

MOB rants

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 10:04

My gardening whinge is about people who put out food for foxes and badgers.  I know half of the people reading this will cringe, but I live in the countryside.  The badgers have plenty of natural food and the foxes can eat those pesky rabbits, mice, rats etc.  My neighbour across the road puts out MEAT every night for the foxes who inevitably get squished crossing the road or are left dying and bleeding in my garden.  The fox earth is at the field at the back of us, similarly the badgers are on our side of the road.  Three killed this year alone.  I have tried asking her not to do it as it leads to casualties, but she says 'I throw out what my dogs (5 ridgebacks) don't eat'.  I usually find the fox has put stashes of food around my garden and dug up my prized plants in the process.  The badgers rip up the lawns that the muntjac haven't dug holes in.  There I've got it off my chest now.  Still want to garden - and I thought cat mess was my biggest concern when I lived in suburbia.

Mail Order Plants - Wrong variety supplied

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 16:11

T & M replied but won't refund the full amount I paid.  I used to buy hundreds of pounds worth of plants from them.  Never again. T & M claim that GW Mag voted them top mail order supplier last year - unbelieveable!

The RHS does list several mail order nurseries, but no nurseries  near me has any in stock. T & M has stopped supplying plants now anyway, which says something I suppose. I will try Unwins though, plus seeds again - perhaps my 50/50 grit mix needs more grit and less soil considering planum and Miss Willmott's ghost will self seed in my gravel drive quite happily. Eryngiums are stunning plants - I also grow bourgatii, despite my awful clay soil.

Incidentally, I bought Auratum lilies (fragrant pink types) from T & M at the same time and they sent the Asiatic ones (yellows/whites/reds) instead which were full of lily rust.  Just goes to show their buyers don't have any idea what their buying.  Horse burger anyone?

Mail Order Plants - Wrong variety supplied

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 12:28

Greetings Everyone.  I am a professional gardener and have been trying to obtain Eryngium Alpinum plants for myself and customers.  I ordered 3 roots from Van Meuwen.  Once they had started to grow it was obvious they were E. Planum (which I have loads of as it self-seeds in my garden), I complained and replacements were sent, these also turned out to be E. Planum, the third lot arrived and were clearly exactly the same.  I got my money back.  I then tried Thompson and Morgan, (who are part of the same group apparently) and they too supplied E. Planum, I sent them a photo of the plant in flower and they agreed it was the wrong plant and sent me another couple of roots - guess what?  Yes, Eryngium Planum again. Nearly five years has gone by and I still don't have my plants in the garden.  How do they get away with it?  Either their buyer doesn't recognise one plant from another, or they are being conned by the supplier. Mail Order companies are covered by legislation, and always replace or refund - but what if they advertise a plant that they can't supply in the first place?

Any ideas as to what my next port of call is.  I have tried them from seeds about ten times, and although they germinate, they always seem to rot off.  E Planum self-seeds into my gravel driveway!

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Stella Cherry Blossoms have no petals

Both my Stella trees have buds but only have the flower sepals 
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Mail Order Plants - Wrong variety supplied

Trying to buy Eryngium Alpinum Plants on Mail Order is proving impossible. 
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