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By AndrewR


One of the joys of having a close friend who likes unusual plants as much as me is that we can put in an order from a mail order nursery and share the carriage costs. So when a big lorry drew up outside late yesterday afternoon, I knew our order from Burncoose Nursery in Cornwall had arrived. Here’s what we bought:-


Spreading shrub, up to ten feet high with red, tubular flowers (which give it the common name of Australian fuchsia), half hardy at best

Possibly the best witch hazel, with large, pale yellow flowers from January

Dwarf form of a New Zealand shrub, reaching no more than three feet. Grows in full sun or part shade in well-drained soil, may survive very mild winters in a sheltered garden

Another dwarf form, this reaches about three feet and has purple foliage. Requires a sunny spot in well-drained soil when it should prove hardy in the south of the UK

New Zealand tree that looks like rusty razor blades on a stem in its juvenile form (a defence against predators in the wild). Stays small for about ten years before maturing into a tree

Twining climber to ten feet with tiny leaves and greenish white flowers in summer. Borderline hardy.

Small shrub about a foot high and three across with white flowers in early summer. Bluey grey-green leaves and tolerates some shade

Gill is planting up a border of antipodean plants so most of hers are native to Australia and New Zealand


Deciduous shrub to eight feet with small, camellia-like flowers in summer. This is a rare form with yellow flowers

Tough fern to three feet or more, for moist shade, spreading by slowly creeping rhizomes

White- and red-flowered forms of the kaffir lily, a useful perennial for giving colour very late in the season. For a moist soil in sun

Dwarf relative of the giant prickly rhubarb. Grows to two feet in moist soil, with green flowers in August

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What a fantastic lorry-load Andrew . . . now all you have to do is plant them!
Do you keep the seeds of your Schizostylis? I planted 2 lovely white ones last September, and they set masses of seed. Going to sow some today in fact. :))

15 Mar, 2012


I tend not to keep the seed as in moist soils, they increase quite happily (almost too happily at times!)

15 Mar, 2012


Lovely selection,Andrew,and a good idea to share costs...
re Pittosporum,'Tom Thumb' that your friend bought..I have had mine five years now,and not had any problems,regarding weather conditions at if mine has survived in Yorkshire,I'm sure it will be fine in your neck of the woods..:o)

15 Mar, 2012


Bloomer - I have a couple planted almost 15 years ago so I know they can cope with the weather down here. I always err on the cautious side on recommending anything for gardeners north of Watford!

15 Mar, 2012


Same here. Great isn't it :o))

15 Mar, 2012


Going to be busy planting for a while , you two ; finding just the right position for them all takes a lot of thought , too .

15 Mar, 2012


Driad - no, I'm one of those very organised people who knows exactly where they will be going. In fact, mine were all planted this afternoon

15 Mar, 2012


Well done , Andrew !
I bought some raspberry canes and a plum tree yesterday , I've managed to plant the canes , but still cogitating over the plum . ( I have one already , so should I put it nearby or over the other side , dither dither .)

15 Mar, 2012


that is one lovely set of plants, no sorry 2 sets of lovely plants.

jealous again :o)

15 Mar, 2012


Also a touch of envy here as well, great selection and good to share the carriage costs, sometimes that can put you off...

15 Mar, 2012


A great selection of plants, I am very interested in the New Zealand plants because we are growing several different ones from around that part of the world, many have spent the winter fleeced, and so far so good, although the Leptospermum got caught again!! wish we had someone to halve the postage with, not bought from this particular seller although have been very impressed with their variety of plants, you pleased with the quality? they certainly look good.

16 Mar, 2012


DD - I've used Burncoose for many years now and never had a 'duff' plant from them. Occasionally, they send out the wrong variety but are always willing to correct their error. I gave up trying to overwinter leptospermums outside and am now growing one in a pot so it can be brought inside for the winter.
But I think my loropetalum has copped in AGAIN :-(

17 Mar, 2012


I should have done the same thing, keep hoping to get away with it, sorry to hear about the Loropetalum, how is the Pseudowintera ? ours looks a bit ropey, not sure how it should look, covered it all winter, so it should have been ok.....

17 Mar, 2012


My pseudowintera is fine. I didn't give it any protection but it got a mulch of garden compost about a couple of weeks ago. Make sure it doesn't get dry at the root - I have found this is a sure way to kill it :-(

17 Mar, 2012


Oh thanks for that, it did look as if it could do with some moisture, hope I am not too late......

20 Mar, 2012

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