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Where NOT to order from online

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 19:19

Have to agree with Jim.    Going to a specialist means getting exactly what you want. I've got some heleniums on order from helenium specialists .....a wide range  to choose from and will receive top notch plants. 

For hellebores it has to be ashwood or Woottens.  

Better to get a couple of quality plants from reputable suppliers than a "bargain" pack of tiny plugs.  A good variety too rather than a couple of ordinary ones....quality Not quantity   Just as cheap in the long run 


Posted: 17/11/2013 at 19:09

Sounds like you are trying to do too much sInce retiring Dove.      Just reeeeelax! 

Jatnikapyar, forum is nice and easy these days.  Good to have you posting.

Had a bonfire today.  Love bonfires ......maybe reminds me of when i was a kid Trying to burn conifer trunk and all the cut back perennials and shrubs.  All wallflowers now planted. Often edge my veg patch with wallflowers, acorus, Phormiums and bulbs and this has now been done.  The Phormiums and acorus are biggish plants in pots that I plunge in the ground.  Think the effect is pretty good.  In early spring they all come out for my runner bean planting.  (soon come around )




Posted: 17/11/2013 at 08:41


still fairly mild here but some cooooooold weather in the  forecast. Think winter might call tomorrow.  

Always keep my veg patch crop free over winter.....mulched and clean......but I edge it with a mixture of wallflowers, yellow acorus, red Phormiums and some bulbs. Will finish this today.   The odd pot of rhodo, azalea or camellia too.  In January onwards plenty of hellebores add colour to the scene.

Those of you not too well I hope will recover soon.  Have nice day folks 


Posted: 17/11/2013 at 00:16

Hiya chicky, better to have planted them earlier but no advantage now.

Hold  off until the spring.  if you have room in the GH take them in but plunged in the ground would be fine if in reasonable sze pots

Which varieties do you have?


Posted: 16/11/2013 at 20:47

That's good news flowersforbees

Shall I hack my Verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 18:54

I plan to plant a border at the top of my garden with just bonariensis and cannas.  Did a bit this time and liked it so..........

Shall I hack my Verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 18:48

Well, I cut some back hard right to,the ground....they always survive to flower second year.  However, mild here and light soil.  

I always dig up self sown seedlings and pot them up.  Did this in September and 

pinched back.  I leave them outside but you could overwinter in GH.  I stake bonariensis ......only at the bottom 30 cm....and they stand up to anything then.  Summer without bonariensis is unthinkable for me.  With tall grasses they are superb.


Posted: 16/11/2013 at 18:35

Andy, wish you all the best.  You have really been in the wars.  We are all rooting for you.  Day by day ??ou will get stronger 

Matty not much fun having a bad back but a chance to relax a little.

Busy afternoon in the garden.  Cut loads down, replaced last of the tender perennials with wallflowers.  Had a nice big fire afterwards but again I stink of smoke.  Dont care I enjoy a good  fire. Down here a lot of stuff will keep flowering for most of the winter but I like to see the garden clear for the hellebores, bulbs etc later.  

Hmmm!  We lost the soccer AND the rugby   But I got free buns from my local bakery in their last hour yippee!  It's the little things that count 


Posted: 16/11/2013 at 18:18

Best around not over mowmymoss.  

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 18:14

Got honeysuckles in full flower over an archway.  Lovely scent 

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