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Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by Jack Sparrow, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. Jack Sparrow

    Jack Sparrow Super Gardener

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    gerbera sweet glow..jpg

    This is listed on Thompson & Morgan as gerbera sweet glow. There seems to be varying colours of the same plant. Is this the case? Are these plants any good? Am I likely to find them locally? This is the sort of look I would like at the front of my Kiddie area border

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        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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        They are not easy to grow and rarely flower that profusely, and with each flower perfect.

        T&M are masters of photography.
        Pity they are not quite so good at supplying seeds/plants.;)

        Always sceptical with T&M.
        Buyer beware.IMO
         
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        • Jack Sparrow

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          I have read the Forum thread on Thompson & Morgan. I don't want to be buying things mail order in any case. The bigger companies T&M, crocus, JParker etc give good descriptions of their plants. it gives me something to work with.

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            I have a perennial gerbera......3 or 4 years old now. Pink and delightful. Long flowering. Prob not like the T & M pictures though. Whether it is hardy elsewhere is a doubt; depends how cold it gets with you there Gary.
            Check out Paddocks Plants ....great prices and products.
            You could get small plants to overwinter in a gh then plant out in the spring for summer long display.
             
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            • Jack Sparrow

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              There is a flower I like the look of outside a house down the street. I want to take a photo of it but I don't want to be caught in their garden. I guess I will have to camp outside and wait until I know they've gone out.

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                I still only look on them as flowering house plants.
                 
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                • pete

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                  I've grown a couple of the so called hardy ones, and they do survive the normal winter here, but the flowering was never great, and were only kept going as something a bit different.

                  Eventually they got the heave ho, just much better things worthy of the space.:smile:
                   
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                    I agree, I admit I've never looked at growing them in the garden so I can't really comment, but I used to sell them as house plants and use them as cut flowers when I worked as a florist. The plants produced lots of short stems, the cut flowers (long stems) needed to be handled really carefully or they would collapse.
                     
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                      I bought one of the 'hardy' ones from Morrisons this year, and it has flowered very well. But T&M have probably put the flowers from half a dozen plants as if they are part of just one! And ones I bought previously have not survived winters, even in cold greenhouse.
                      @Jack Sparrow - for a kiddies area, just for summer, how about buying plugs of Livingstone daisies in late spring? Lovely sparkling flowers, low down, lots of them (though they need sunshine)
                       
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                        Gary, knock on the door and simply ask the householder what the flower is. He or she will be delighted you admire it.
                        I get that here now and then and it is pleasing to know something I have planted is enjoyed by someone else :)
                         
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                          Further to Caroline's suggestion, I grew Livingstone daisies from seed this year, really easily. Chucked the seeds in a topsoil and potting compost mix in a large pot and kept it in a sunny spot, watered regularly, sometimes with Tomorite. They came up a treat. Just now I have a mass of beautiful bright colours spilling over the pot. Only thing I will do differently next year is thin out the seedlings. My daisies look a little messy!
                           
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                            I saw this display today. It was taken in twilight so it might not be as impressive on screen.

                            image.jpeg

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                              @Jack Sparrow - Crocus are a world apart from T&M; they are a 'proper' garden centre with physical premises not all that far from me, although the bulk of their business does seem to be online. I have bought from them a few times now, and have never been disappointed.
                               
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                                @Fat Controller . I think I might have been on Crocus' mailing list at one point. Unfortunately mail order isn't a realistic option for me. To justify the delivery charge I would have to buy all my plants in one hit. I couldn't afford to that. I also wouldn't be in a position to get all of those plants in the ground on time. Thankfully there are several garden centres and several more diy stores for me to choose from. If I look hard enough I'm sure I would find everything I need.

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