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Beesia calthifolia quest!

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I saw this plant for shade in GW mag. and ‘had’ to have it. So did a Google. I managed to find it, eventually, at Crug Farm Plants. So, very excited, I popped it in to the online wheelbarrow. But when I went to check out….they want £25 for postage!!!! Shame on them! Has anyone else got this plant by any chance? Would be ever so grateful!

Karen :) x

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Good lord! How much does a plant weigh, and did you want it delivering to the moon?

2 May, 2015

 

I know, shocking isn't it. Most companies between 5 and 10 pounds.

2 May, 2015

 

That's disgusting. I know you can send 1kg for about £3 with Hermes courier. I looked on the Crug Farm site and I still believe £25 much too expensive for half a dozen plants. Keep looking, there must be one somewhere else.

3 May, 2015

 

That's absurd, Karen. But I saw that Burncoose in Cornwall charge £20 when I looked at buying a Jacaranda - but my J. seeds have germinated, so I can ignore Burncoose for now!

I looked EVERYWHERE for Uncinia a few weeks back; many online GCs were out of stock, but I found it on Knoll Gardens site and happily paid £10 for three plants. Thought it a bit steep, but now realise that it's not abnormal.

3 May, 2015

 

You probably saw that it's sold by "Exclusive Plants", and they mention Keith and Ros Wiley's garden at Wildside on their website! They don't appear to do mail order though :(( Seed from Special Plants??

3 May, 2015

 

Thanks...i'll have another look.

3 May, 2015

 

That is terrible Karen. Especially for one plant. I have seen me cancel a sale when the postage is more than the item but this is just silly. How is your cold? I am ok today but Barry has been struck down!!

3 May, 2015

 

Thanks Linda. I'm starting to feel a lot better thank you. Its been a week, but head colds always seem to get a proper grip of me. I hope Barry is better soon.x

3 May, 2015

 

I've just googled it and I saw this in John Masseys Ashwood garden and took a photo of it, but I didn't see it in the nursery, I was admiring it too :)

3 May, 2015

 

I think its a fairly recent introduction Daylily, and thats why its not easy to find.

3 May, 2015

 

I just paid £35 pounds to have the council deliver an extra "free" garden bin. It only comes from a few miles away. Could I go and collect it? No!!! Delivery only.

3 May, 2015

 

Hi Karen, just had a look at this, it was discovered in 1914, and named in 1915, cultivated for a while, and then reintroduced in 1996, have a look at this, for info.
www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2014/may/01/beesia-calthifolia
I think £25 delivery is quite a bit too much, I know that some parts of Scotland have to pay extra postage, but that is ridiculous, see if you can get hold of some seed, sow it in autumn, and leave outside over winter, it will germinate in spring, Derek.

3 May, 2015

 

Karen - the 'secret' to Crug Farm is order lots of plants at once and get a decent sized delivery. The shrubs they deliver are absurdly strong and healthy, and the holboellia I ordered from them a few years ago (I recently posted a photo of it), was labelled as their stock plant. It's not worth ordering just one or two things at a time from them. And yes, I have the beesia calthifolia, in fact I have three. Great little plant.

3 May, 2015

 

Andrew...do you know how many plants you can get for 25 pound delivery?...dont know why I even asked that! Theres no way I'm paying £25 for delivery! I can get as much as I want from Crocus for a fiver...and other nurseries. Id be cheaper asking someone local to Crug to get it for me and pay them to post it on! No..there are limits to my plant obsession! :))

3 May, 2015

 

I buy plants from all over the country, and last week I wanted a rare plant and was directed to Crug, luckily they had sold out, but I looked up their postal rates, and was flabbergasted, I have never paid that kind of money and never will!! as you say Crocus, Next, Plantify etc are all between 5 and 6 pounds, daylight robbery:'(

3 May, 2015

 

Karen - from memory my last order was about a dozen plants. They arrived, well packed, in two large boxes (one box was over three feet high). As has been said above, you are paying a premium for rare plants, but the quality is always outstanding. I know that Crug Farm sometimes come to an RHS Show in London - it may be worth contacting them to see if they are doing one nearer to you. Nurseries are happy to bring pre-ordered plants to shows.

I've just checked Plant Finder on the RHS website, and there are 21 suppliers of beesia listed. Edrom Nursery is the nearest to you, although their website states it is not in stock at present.

4 May, 2015

 

Thanks Andrew, that was kind of you to look for it. I'll keep an eye out for it.

4 May, 2015

 

I also saw a website exclusiveplants.co.uk with it on their plant list but there is only a telephone number to contact them.

4 May, 2015

 

Karen I hate to tell you this, but my OH found this plant at the Malvern Show we were about to go home, when we decided to visit the Floral marquee again, to see if we could see Vicky!, unfortunately she must have been playing hard to get! because we never did see her....
We came upon a tropical stall which was virtually sold out! when we both spotted this unusual plant, and I could not remember why I knew the name!! and of course when we got home I remembered, if it ever gets large enough to split (unless, you have already purchased it?) I will send you some.....it is beautiful......

14 May, 2015

 

Lol! Thats wonderful! Well done...how serendipitous is that? Our taste in plants is very similar! :)) and no..I have yet to find it, but I'm sure I will eventually. I bought Asarum splendens and Asarum Europaeus in the meantime, and they are both gorgeous shade foliage plants. So I'm a happy bunny now! Thank goodness Long Acre have a good postage rate!

14 May, 2015

 

Asarum are great plants for shade, and Long Acre are very reliable and do have an excellent selection...and your correct our taste in plants is similar...

14 May, 2015

 

I do love a happy ending . . . great news for both of you :)))

15 May, 2015

 

:) thanks Sheila!

15 May, 2015

 

Ditto....

16 May, 2015

 

:))

17 May, 2015

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