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......the good guys

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 17:51

Sorry Fairy, that was a mistake.  You need to send me your received order from Jacksons.  Your own order will arrive in due course. 

Carpenteria californica shaping

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 14:03

I have grown Carpenteria Californica for several  years now.  To be honest, it has been sadly meglected in that I have pruned only the tops and even then only rarely.  It has grown woody, twiggy, leggy, with lots of dead wood and bare to such an extent that I intended to dig it out a few weeks ago.  However, I lopped all the old wood instead to see if there would be a recovery.  Well. It is producing new shoots.

My question.  Has anybody grown this shrub as an espalier?  It seems to me it would suit it grown this way.  It flowers on wood made last year and it struck me that it does so in the same way as spurred apples and pears do so, in theory, it could be espalied.  It all depends now on how my bush responds this summer, how vigorously, etc. but I think it would look fantastic grown this way.  .???  Anybody growing this as a trained bush?  


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 12:53

Finishing lunch.  Yum yum 

Had good service and excellent plants  from Jacksons too Fairy.  sure I added to the good guys thread.   Who started that thread?  Brilliant 

Sunny and warm.   Steam rising from my garage roof 

PIcked up a me...argyranthemum this morn. ,just a couple of quid from outside a,shop in town.  The perfect spot was waiting for it.

Hope folks at Chelsea and Bressingham getting good weather 

Who`s a reliable mail order plant supplier

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 10:13

Yes, Ann, I too have had plants from Plants for small gardens and they were excellent

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:53

Sounds lovely SFord.  

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:38

The weakness with gigantea is at the first "knuckle" on flower stems......viz., at bottom 60 cm.  I use short canes to support these stems and they then cope with wind and rain without breaking. I also grow a yellow leaved dogwood, tall blue aconitum, etc., to provide additional filtering protection.  


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:30

Morning Orchid Lady

Very offen, if the soil is dry,  rain simply runs off.  A damp soil absorbs rain.  

......the good guys

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:28

I would like to add Plantify to the good guys list.  

Van Muewan ok for bulbs, annual plugs etc but not for shrubs, perennials if you want a performance from them within 2 or 3 years.  So many bare root and small plugs offered for sale that are just as expensive as buying established potted plants bought elsewhere.  The moral is to check out size, quality and reputation before buying. 

Who`s a reliable mail order plant supplier

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:22

I have tried a couple of new suppliers this year.........Plantify, for example, recently supplied fantastic value plants.  I have to say they were cheaper and bigger than my local GC......also, I could not get them there.  I now have a list of excellent on line suppliers any of whom deliver within 24 hours. 

My feeling is if you want good perennials....shrubs, herbaceous etc.,.......go to suppliers providing potted plants in 2 litre at least.  Firms like T & M, basically seed, bulb  and annual plant suppliers are poor when supplying anything else.....they will send tiny bare root or plugs that often fail.  


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:14

Hello forkers

Wet overnight but far ...amd warm now.  The growth of plants overnight was amazing.  No amount of watering can match a good downpour of rain.  I think it will be a showery spell for us this week with the emphasis on warm dry weather.

Watched Chelsea show last night.....pleasantly surprised.  Monty was excellent and the programme better than the usual coverage I think.  Cleve West's garden is my style..........he seems to focus more on good plants rather than hardscaping.  Have a good  time all of you visiting Chelsea this year.

 Over the weekend got most of the planting done........few cannas, dahlias, grasses, etc., looking for homes but they will be accommodated or will flower in their large pots.  I took the opportunity to water the garden in anticipation of the rain so that the soil will absorb it better.  A visitor thought it watering yet clearly going to rain.    

I'm sure the Bressingham trip will be brilliant so enjoy it you lucky folks going there today.  



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