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It wan't my fault!


By AndrewR


I went to the latest RHS Show at Vincent Square on Tuesday to collect a couple of plants. I had ordered some mail order alpines from a small nursery in Lincolnshire but two of them were too heavy for despatch so they agreed to bring them to London for me. But of course, I came away with more than just these two. Another stand was selling double primroses; most of mine died in the hot summer of 2006 so this was the perfect time to replace them. Then I saw tropaeolum tricolor which has been on my ‘wants’ list for a couple of years. This is going to be a challenge to grow as it is not hardy. It flowers early in the year from underground tubers, then dies away by summer and needs protection from winter wet and frosts. I plan to plant it under a prostrate conifer and hope it gets enough protection in this way. A rare white-flowered form of iris unguicularis also came home with me and I just need to find a sun-baked, starved soil spot for it. The joys of gardening.

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You are just as bad as the rest of us plant-a-holics, aren't you! The white Iris unguicularis sounds great - I wish I had the knack of growing them!

14 Feb, 2008


My children always say when i come home with more plants" you dont need any more plants mum" i say2 them Have useen the size of the garden?Dont no what il tel`m in 15/20yrs when its all Matured&Full& i still buy plants 4 it lol?

14 Feb, 2008


Andrew if you struggle with the Iris I have just the spot to look after it for you ;o )

15 Feb, 2008


Sorry maple, I have about four places it could go (decisions, decisions)

15 Feb, 2008


Those double primroses are just beautiul!

15 Feb, 2008


Do I detect another purchase coming on spritz? ;-)

15 Feb, 2008


As if I would, Andrew - actually, no, not this time. I am hunting through internet sites and RHS books for possibilities to fill my empty space where my Crambe cordifolia died. I have several thoughts - but the Sambucus species you suggested isn't listed anywhere, there is one called Sambucus racemosa 'Plumosa Aurea' - I shall check this out.

Thoughts so far: Jovellana violacea, Mitraria coccinea, Sarcococca confusa, Skimmia 'Kew Green' and a Pileostegia viburnoides to climb up the far end of the new trellis. First find your Nursery, though! ;-)

16 Feb, 2008

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