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Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 12:04

Over the years I have come to the conclusion that most perennials.....not shrubs because these are best planted in autumn......grow better and make bigger plants if kept in pots over winter.  Then you have large subjects to make an impact in the spring.  The exception would be perennials of good size and in good flower, viz., heleniums right now, which will prefer EARLY autumn or late summer plantIng and will make a good show now

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 09:12

Stacey, I have heard of these newer wild swan varieties.  I have considered buying them.  They prob will have same issues though.  We need to learn how to grow these plants before we actually buy them

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 09:07 should have for ALL your money back.

I find crocus okish...don't buy much from them though, prob just a couple of plants over fhe years. Online suppliers like Woottens, Cotswold flowers, dove cottage, etc among a few others are excellent but so many new plants are being introduced too quickly.  Those new echinaceas are an example... They are hyped up for their brilliant flowers, etc., but most of them are weak plants.  Or, they need nurturing for a year to build up their root systems and then they will perform.  We aren't told either that "pathogens" often affect new plants making them unable to survive the dormant season.  We should be told of the downside too of these plants but, because we want thess things to grow and flower immediately we are denied this info.  I now research many new plants before purchase and grow accordingly


Posted: 06/09/2013 at 08:46

Good morning everyone.

Still clinging on to the sun but rain, rain and more rain later and in the forecast.

Will,remove large picea today or weekend.  I removed top late yesterday ....will cut off all remaining foliage to leave just 6' stem.  Then the fun n games......actually digging it up.  Always the same, viz., immovable at first then the first signs of rocking and then my mad attacks at roots and crowbarring.  Finally my yell of "got you, you......." as it yields to the pressure.  Then the satisfaction of seeing open ground for,plantIng.


Anemone wild swan

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:47

No hardys didn't breed them but had the rights, I think, to sell them first.  I think it's simply been that so many people have complained and had refunds that they may have become uneconomic to supply

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:43

Best time for me to buy is now...except for hellebores.  But the best time to plant out is spring for me.  I prefer to use those planting gaps for winter interest (biennials perhaps) and to plant out my winter purchases after growing on in bigger pots.

perparing for next year

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:37

Autumn colours are fine but nothing beats  the summer. Autumn's colours are simply signs of decay...those "wonderful" reds, yellows, golds and oranges are just desperate last gasp and futile clutchings of life.  They announce despair.  Give me the freshness of spring...the hope of spring..that ushers in the summer.

(I don't like to accept the summer is coming to an forgive me folks)

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 22:18 understand.  It's not my greed.  It's  all about vitamins n minerals   And fidget's banana, sweet wine and syrup ....."attracting moths". ,  a likely story.  But I do drink lager to deter wood lice.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 21:28

Mrs Garden, 

I am but a simple fellow so I am confused. 

Incidentally your lobelias and the miscanthus like same moist comditions as well as associating (contrasting) well together

Fidget, cream, meringue and raspberries.  Unfortunately, one portion was not required so I,had to eat second helping.  I managed it though.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 20:46


Bought another wild swan today.  Looks good.  You may be right about the over watering, ESP re the plugs.  

MrsGarden, miscamthus variegatus is the most eye catching foliage wise.......lovely white effect so let nobody palm you off

Beautiful day until it rained later this afternoon.   So disappointed about the rain I,had to eat a raspberry pavlova

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