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Time for exciting boxes!

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It’s that time of year again – plants by mail order! Great fun, the ordering and the anticipation of waiting for ‘that’ knock on the door.

I had a delivery today – from a great Nursery – Cgf in Worcester. Their catalogue is both informative and funny to read, with Bob Brown’s little snippets of information by each plant’s name and description. They do know their plants, as well! When I rang my order through, they hadn’t got the Ligularia I’d chosen, but the lady I spoke to advised on another one which I know I shall like.

Thanks, Mr Courier!

Oh, Henry – there’s nothing for you in there! You are so nosey! Well – everything is packed beautifully – in damp newspaper.

I wanted some evergreen ground cover for a shady area, up on the bank where I’ve planted two new shrubs to hide the hole where the badgers got in. There’s an electric fence round it now. The two shrubs will grow and screen it from view.

The shrubs are Viburnum tinus ‘Variegatum’ and Eleagnus pungens ‘Maculata’. I had to remove a whole lot of Lamium galeobdolon to plant the shrubs, and although there’s still some further along, my new plants should spread and create a much more pleasing and better-behaved planting ‘picture’.

So out of the box came -

Nine bare rooted Ophiopogon jaburans ‘Vittatus’. These, as you can see, have wonderful silver and green variegated leaves, and their flowers are cream.

Here they are, planted around the Viburnum. I added four Pulmonaria ‘David Ward’ which I’d bought for this area at another Nursery – they also have cream variegations on the leaves, with coral pink flowers in the spring. They are a bit small at the moment, but they’ll grow, and they already have buds on them.

This is ‘David Ward’ – taken in another part of the garden last year.

And here’s the new planting. I’d like a few bulbs in there next year, I think.

So what else came in my box today? Two Ligularia ‘Osiris Fantaise’ to plant on the stream bank with some Crososmia ‘George Davison’, The shoots are coming through on the plants – and Henry’s still getting in on the act….

Three Baptisia australis and three Berkyeya purpurerea.

And last but not least, a Saxifraga stolonifera ‘Maroon Beauty’.

So, with all except the Ligularias planted, I can look forward to the next exciting box to arrive!

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You AND Andrew !!!!!
Both had boxes of goodies and lots to plant out :-))))

I can't complain because i had a box of goodies last week :-)))

17 Feb, 2010

 

What a lovely box full Spritz. The plants look really healthy. The new planting looks good. I really like the silver and green variegated leaves. No wonder you are so excited.

17 Feb, 2010

 

ooooh spritz cant wait for your summer blog to show them all off,still waiting for my goodies to arrive..:o)

17 Feb, 2010

 

lots more plants barbara, lucky you, look forward to seeing them in flower then i know what they are lol :o)) henry looks lovely, bless

17 Feb, 2010

 

How exciting! I love plant deliveries too. I can just imagine Henry's excitement, Bonnie would be just the same. I love Ligularia, it will look great by the stream. Does this company sell Clematis? I would like to get by mailorder a Clematis x Jouiniana (like yours) and a C. viticella 'Elvan' :-)

17 Feb, 2010

 

Those look lovely plants, Sh.
It must be fun to have a huge garden and room to fit in so many different shrubs. I hope you enjoy them all.. :o)

17 Feb, 2010

amy
Amy
 

These all look fantastic Barbara no wonder you are so excited , I'm always amazed at how many more you can fit in , I know you have a shoe horn , but !

17 Feb, 2010

 

Dawn, I think you might like to look at their website -

www.cgf.net

Thanks all - yes, it's great to be able to have a new project going. Not really a shoehorn job this time, as I'm 'renovating' an area.

Henry had his nose in the box a lot - I can't think why, it was only newspaper and plants!

17 Feb, 2010

 

What a lovely parcel to open, no wonder you were excited, you have some lovely plants there. I suppose Henry had to check just to see what was lurking in the damp newspaper, he just had to be sure it wasn`t some tasty titbit...lol! I`m waiting for two parcel with plants in and they could arrive any day now...oh goody! :o)

17 Feb, 2010

 

Don't forget to show us what's inside, will you! :-))

17 Feb, 2010

 

Dawn - there are a few specialist clematis nurseries if you're looking for particular varieties. Sheila Chapman springs off the top of my mind but the one is refusing to come out so let me sleep on it

17 Feb, 2010

 

Raymond Evison?

17 Feb, 2010

 

Bob brown is an excellent plants man. He has visited our local HPS group several times now and the plants he brings are always of excellent quality. I like the way he adds notes against the plants to give you a little more help in deciding what to buy. sometimes it makes it harder or you end up buying both :o)

This ophipogon are stunning. at first glance i took them to be the liriope that you and i both have.
I can see they have a flower but do they produce berries too?

Happy planting.

17 Feb, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Thorncroft clematis .....

17 Feb, 2010

 

Bob Brown reckons that this Ophiopogon is the same as Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon' - but the Liriope that Bluespruce sent me is different in size and habit. I'm not at all bothered - they have cream flowers in autumn, and I'll have to wait and see if they get berries. I somehow doubt it, as the old flower stems on these haven't got a sign of a berry!

17 Feb, 2010

 

ah but did they remove them to grow them first. I think i would do dont you?

17 Feb, 2010

 

Possibly! I'll still nave to wait, though.

17 Feb, 2010

 

Now that`s a delivery well worth accepting Spritz.........

17 Feb, 2010

 

Thorncroft - well done Amy

17 Feb, 2010

 

A lovely selection, very partial to variegated plants, cannot believe you have planted them, ours would be swimming down the road, more rain forcast tomorrow (do hope they have got it wrong) I am sure Bob Brown gave a talk to our gardening club when we lived in the midlands.

18 Feb, 2010

 

What lovely plants. I'm just off to visit Cgf website, if they have one. I particularly like the golden brown plant in your second photo.

18 Feb, 2010

 

LOL Toto! I gather you are after a Caninus labradoricus 'Henryi'?? They're quite rare, and I don't think that Cgf stock them. :-((( I can't even propagate it...(lol).

18 Feb, 2010

 

I had a look this morning Bob is right the liriope/ophiopogon are one and the same just synonyms for the same species.

beautiful plants no matter what the name.

18 Feb, 2010

 

gosh I am slow this morning I actually went back and looked for the golden brown plant Dohh!

18 Feb, 2010

 

Strange that the Lirope 'Silver Dragon' that Bluespruce sent me is so very different, then.

Didn't you like my latin furry friend, then? LOL.

18 Feb, 2010

 

great to get plants in the post isnt it.....i had a box a while ago from mirror gardens......but im not planting mine out side yet its to wet and cold.....

18 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks for the website Spritz and the others companies Andrew/Amy - I'll take a look :-)

18 Feb, 2010

mad
Mad
 

Ooh its better than Christmas on here! All the excitement and boxes of goodies. I'm so happy for you says she gnashing her teeth - we have snow forecast again for tonight and tomorrow. The pond was frozen again this morning and my bones are creaking.
Seriously, I am very pleased there is so much gardening joy about - really I am, honestly, truly.

18 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks, Mad! I believe you, really....and I'm sorry it's so cold there. Not a terrific day here, either - cold, wet - NO gardening today possible!

18 Feb, 2010

 

I've just had a few plants and shrub come today from Parkers, its great when they come is'nt it.

18 Feb, 2010

 

Oooh, yes! What did you get, Carol?

And Holly - I don't know that name? Do they have a website?? I love browing through them.

18 Feb, 2010

 

Barbara i've put some photos on my home page there are quite a few more to come :o))

18 Feb, 2010

 

Lovely - I'll take a look. :-)))

18 Feb, 2010

 

yes its mirrorgardens.co.uk from the daily mirror paper.... i think they may be the same as j parkers.

18 Feb, 2010

 

carol we should be getting them shrubs soon shouldnt we, didnt they say march?

18 Feb, 2010

 

Here we go again - another 'must have' - that Pulmonaria is just a belter.

18 Feb, 2010

 

Yes - it's only problem is that it's one of the 'disappearing' ones. I have to try to remember where they are planted! It is lovely, though. Glad you approve. :-))

18 Feb, 2010

 

Your right Spritz, I contacted CFG and they confirmed that they didn't have one and said that I would have to go to a specialist nursery on the Isle of Dogs so I've just asked them if they will send me one of their catalogues.

18 Feb, 2010

 

Good thinking! LOL.

18 Feb, 2010

 

toto - try Battersea Dogs Home Nursery - they often have them in stock.

spritz - was he checking for pests for you?

18 Feb, 2010

 

do they sell dog wood Andrew...he he

what healthy plants Spritz....and planted already...;-)

19 Feb, 2010

 

Could well have been, Andrew! LOL.

Yes, Sandra - they all look good - can't wait to see them in flower!

19 Feb, 2010

 

I really like this Ophiopogon, Spritz. I got L."Osiris Fantaisie" last year, for its lovely foliage (green on top and dark purple/chocolate undersides), rather than the golden flowers (which were still very nice). :-))

19 Feb, 2010

 

I'm glad you've got it, David - and that you like it! Cgf told me that the leaves were special. :-)

19 Feb, 2010

 

I repotted ours into a bigger pot, and put it on a tabletop so that it was closer to eye level. When the leaves blow in the breeze, the 2 colours seem to shimmer (a bit like a foil chocolate wrapper, haha).

19 Feb, 2010

 

Mine are now planted on the stream bank - I do hope that they look as good there!

19 Feb, 2010

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