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What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 20:20 not annoyed at all.  I tried to show empathy, that's all, and to try to help you get most from your garden.  Tact is not my strong point ....encouragement not annoyance was meant 

Its not a downfall to think about gardening when not in it.....we all do it.  Well, I do too. Always planning, moving, re-adjusting.  Always seeking "perfection". 

Re hellebores, the new batch will arrive late winter to early spring so "pounce" then for your double red.  The doubles are worth getting though.  

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 19:43

Look, I know what you mean Red. 

In spring the GC will have hellebores in flower. Why not ask if they are expecting doubles?  They should be lot less than £15. Or are there any secreted in their bargain clearance bays?  I found such a shrub recently that way.....the exact thing I wanted at a bargain price of £4 less another 25%.......£3.  Normally £12. 99 I think.

You won't "lose" it.  Or will it have a "mardy".   

I guess I get carried away at times but I really do think a couple of really good plants to flower this season is better value in the long run than buying several for the future.

Domt be anoxious though about your garden.  I have a feeling you will get it just right in a little time.  Enjoy your garden 

im back

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 18:54

Hiya Alan.  Sorry your health isn't quite as you want it but here's wishing you big improvements.  Had to laugh at your greenhouse situation....sounds like a Norman wisdom film 

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 18:47

Most of my plants have been cuttings, seeds, cadged, borrowed etc.  however, there is nothing getting a plant that's truly better than the average.  It elevates the garden to more than it can be!  

I have lost count of the number of hellebores I have but the best are those I've paid good money for.   

I have found myself replacing astrantias, for example, with better newer varieties that out flower those old fogies. ditto for other perennials.

Also within a couple of years or so I can and do propagate from these varieties.  

"bargains" can be had if you seek them out but it doesn't mean always buying tiny plugs.  As I said before on this forum I have managed to buy some of the latest plants as cheaply as plugs.  An example are the agastaches......bought last year I now have several of each variety for very little cost by dividing theto several times..   I have  just bought more grasses in 2 litre pots for same cost as other suppliers' 9cm plugs. 

I bought 2 fantastic hellebores in large pots.last year....hmm, not cheap......that flowered impressively.  At the same time I bought a selection of plugs from the same supplier and they will not flower for at least another 2 years.  I will have my own seedlings by then 

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 17:57

I would rather have one to flower soon Red.  And choose the colour you want 

Under trees

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 15:07

And brunnera hadspen cream.  Try geranium Margaret Wilson too.....lovely "white" foliage


Posted: 18/12/2013 at 15:00

Hiya Matty.

Hope  your dog gets better.  my own is 10 .....I would miss him terribly.  

Lovely wreath. 



Posted: 18/12/2013 at 13:30


Under trees

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 13:29

Hiya phil

I thought it was a Dryopteris filix mas


Posted: 18/12/2013 at 12:57

Hiya James.  No, usually plant up 3 to 1 litre or 5 to 3 litre pots, depending on bulbs.  Lilies planted singly though.

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