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Where's me plants? :-(


After a rather traumatic summer I decided to treat myself to some serious planting for the garden. So I went a bit mad using J Parkers online ordering.
It did say that delivery would be throughout October and November but it’s now December and probably too frosty now to plant them if they arrive! I have emailed them but they can’t give me an exact date, I just hope they aren’t festering in the back of some delivery van somewhere!
I had a bad experience with them via Guardian Garden Centre a couple of years back, so I’m hoping this won’t be the same and that ordering directly from them will be better. My freebies arrived about a month ago, some tulip bulbs and scabious and clematis plants that looked in need of tlc. I’ve planted them into pots and put them in a sheltered spot in the hope this recent bought of frost and snow doesn’t do the poor things in.
The worst of it is I left my bulbs to be planted alongside the plants I’ve ordered, so I don’t dig them up, now it may be too late to put the bulbs in, unless we have a warmer spell.
Not looking good so far, the forecast in -2 tonight and snow! Boo.

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oh dear! The top pic is the Clematis montana x3 and the bottom are the scabious. They look even worse on the photos.

3 Dec, 2008


Don't forget these plants are in a stage of dormancy so they are not likely to be sprouting healthy shoots at this time of year.
I have used J Parker on several occasions and I do agree that their timing can be a bit off, I too had ordered plants which came free with bulbs and the bulbs turned up first and the plants took ages. The do say delivery is between October and December so give them another nudge. I have ordered plenty of stuff this year and a few things look dead, especially the ferns, i'll have to wait until the Spring.
The only thing i can suggest is that you put everything in pots, the plants keep sheltered or in a cold frame and if you haven't planted the bulbs do the same with them, then you can plant it all in the Spring. I was planning to do the same thing, but my stuff turned up just in time to plant it all before the frost came.

3 Dec, 2008


Thank you, you're right about the dormancy and I shouldn't panic too much. It's also reassuring to hear you had to wait too, especially for the plants. I suppose it'll give me some incentive to get the ground really well prepared in time for Spring so they get a good start. I hope your ferns do well along with your other plants too!

3 Dec, 2008


I had a bad experience with Parkers several years back so have no used them again until this year. Their bulbs seem to be reasonable but other plants are very small (but then that's why there prices are so low). Ordered four shrubs from them this year but they were all less than twelve inches tall

3 Dec, 2008

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