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Latest posts by Verdun

J Parkers let down

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 23:41
Jo, just watch out for others' bad experiences with these firms. The forum has been littered with them and will continue to be. There is no vendetta here!
However, my view is that it is better to buy fewer plants you really want in a size that will gove you flowers now and later rether than a discounted assortment of little plugs of plants you dont really want.
Choose plants you like, your conditions like. Not plants that the suppliers have an excess of that require vastly different growing needs.

Pear tree pruning

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 23:33
Hiya janebal,
At the end of this month prune back to a few leaves each of those spurs. This is where your fruit will be next year. Pruning at this time will encourage the tree to form fruit rather than growth buds. Prune now and you will encourage growth so timing is everything

What to plant next to a hydrangea?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 23:29
LadyV, you dont say what colour it is.
Coimcidentally I have been considering what to plant with my paniculata hydrangeas too.
A salvia uliginosa I feel is ideal.......soon to flower blue and for many weeks now. My hydrangea is lime green soon to turn white. Both plants like same conditions. Viz., moist soil and sun or dappled shade.
An aconitum already occupies one side and, again,,enjoys the same conditions. An orange helenium fits in well too there...again likng the same conditions.
It all depends on the colour of your hydrangea it blue,,pink or white? In any case look for plants that like moist conditions

Mowing thrills and spills!

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 23:18
Hey Steve. Thought I was being blocked too for a while. Can get paranoid here!

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:17
It must be difficult for tv producers and garden progs. We simply say we don't like this or that. Tonight I think there are 3 on tele. Trying to imagine an eavesdropper we seem like an ungrateful lot


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:04
As last weekend smilies etc are down on some systems

Geum sand Heuchera

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:00
Geums? Simply divide in autumn
Heucheras are only healthy for 3 years or so and then get woody ...and ugly.
Dig them up after flowering and pull them apart. Replant...ideally elsewhere....or pot up. They recover quite quickly to make excellent plants for the following year.
I divide heucheras,preempt their legginess and to provide more plants
Those tiny geum pieces, ERICSMUM, I would pot up amd grow on. I think you may be growing your geums in poor or too dry soil. They need good moisture


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:52
Hey, is the forum having probs again with smilies, etc?


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:51
I return plants for all sorts of reasons...genuine of course. Be prepared for argument but accept you have the right to return goods if not up to standard. And, get compensation if you bought a plant several momths ago and find its flower colour was imcorrectly named.
Most reputable gc's will accept's their first shrug of the shoulder you have to ignore. Always ask for the manager....often the person you are speaking to will then offer to accommodate you. Then,,,,,and only then,,,do you remove your hands from his throat....

J Parkers let down

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:38
Look, parkers, T & M, etc., have so many......SO MANY ....complaints aired here that there is obviously something wrong. These people aren't making it all up.
There will be satisfied customers but I'm not one of them.
One thing is certain......nobody will get top quality plants from them. Nothing that will show flowers for at least a year and probably longer.
Buy seeds from T& M....they are fine. Bulbs too. But steer clear of their plants. They will arrive in a matchbox and a hefty postage charge.

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