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Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 20:31

No cotoneaster is a natural.  Ironically horizontallis is perfect 

Wallflower cuttings

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 20:29

I take perennial,wallflower cuttings now and into summer.  Strong side shoots with a slight heel or without will root easily......half perlite half mpc.  The annual, biennial really, varieties should be,exactly the same.


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 18:28

Enjoy your beer Hosta.....cheers 

cool, even feeling cold at times, today.   Wind made it feel colder.  However night temps are supposed to be 10 so not much less than now and plants will continue to grow at those temps overnight. Osteospermum voltage yellow cuttings have become nearly all white. Been pinching out and disbudding so didn't know they were the white ones. Love the yellow so prob only got enough for a patch of 3.  Mislabelling again 


Boycott Thomson and morgan

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 17:01

My last plant order from T & M was for 3 hardy geraniums.  Tiny bare root plants and I think they were about £9 99 plus postage.  Two years before any of them did anything.  I went to a hardy geranium nursery online and bought 3 geraniums in 1 litre pots for much the same price.  they flowered first year in profusion.  I found the seed companies do not provide anything other than plugs or bare roots.  

Each to his own and that's fine . However, ALWAYS complain if you feel you haven't received the quality and service expected.  Complain politely, firmly and with the obvious expectation you will be compensated 

best front of border plant?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 15:57

Sam, check out campanula Birch Hybrid.  I grow this and it flowers early and goes on and on.  Evergreen, for me anyway, and it spreads without being invasive.  Velvety purple blue flowers .  Think you may well fancy this one 

Boycott Thomson and morgan

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 15:43

No smoke without fire I hate that line ......

so many of us have had poor service through no fault of ours......

T & M provide good seeds, bulbs least that's my experience  However, their perennials, shrubs etc leave a lot to be desired....tiny,,over priced, and over hyped.  I had poor service a while back and looked elsewhere for better.  I've found better

no point making a case for T & M if the fault is their's.  People don't generally make up stories about them...........

Boycott Thomson and morgan

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:34

Nice of you to reply Natalie but we have been frustrated, irritated, annoyed and disappointed with T & M for many years now.  You will increasingly lose customers and goodwill if you do not drastically,up your game.  I suggest you inform your bosses to address this situation,

Silly plant names

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:30

No Winniecat!  I don't do that . Sounds fun though Winnie but confusing 

best front of border plant?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:28

Sam, portenschiagiana is invasive so be careful. Campanula Dicksons Gold flowers during the summer but also has nice yellow foliage that is evergreen.

gaillardias will flower all summer.  Hardy geraniums flower for ages too.  

Why not consider foliage perennials like heucheras?  They do flower but have evergreen colourful foliage.  Garden pinks flower for a long time too and have attractive evergreen foliage. Marguerites flower all summer as will osteospermums.

you can have a highly colourful garden using perennials that flower at different times of year 


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:18

Hello forkers.  The drizzle seems to fading now but a cooler and different day to recent sunshine.

I enjoy cutting the lawns Punkdoc but clearly you have lot more to cut than I have...2.5 hours!  It is a boring job I guess but I love creating those stripes on my (currently) lush grass and the smell is lovely. I too, though, see jobs to do whilst mowing.

Wintersong, gravel can never replace grass .....what better to sit on, play on, smell or set off the garden?  

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What will simply not thrive for you....

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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