Thursday, 7 March 2013

A delivery of plants

In terms of enjoyment, second only to going out to buy plants is receiving a delivery of plants.  I love going to nurseries and plant fairs to buy plants and I also like to buy online from nurseries that I trust.

The doorbell rang the other night and it was a delivery from Plantify.co. uk  I shall be upfront and say that I have not bought these plants.  They have asked me to trial them for them and I was very happy to do this as the other plants they sent me were of very good quality so this hardly felt like a risk.

So they arrived in a large box, which inside has three more boxes.  I was quite a fan of this system from the last set of plants I received from them and it still seems like a good effective packing method to me as the plants were in good condition inside.
The first job was to get them unpacked and into a place where they might get some light before I was able to plant them out the next day.
So, what did I choose:  Well:
Rosa Millie, I shall call it Rosa Millie as that is what it says on the box, on the label it is called Rosa 'Mum in a million' and it appears it is equally correct to use either name.
The next plant is Helleborus x hybridus 'Red Lady'
and finally Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'.  Now of course the peony is still dormant, but it is always a challenge receiving what appears to be a dead plant in a pot.  I am used to buying bare root plants so it does not phase me to receive a pot like this but it is hard not feel a little underwhelmed by it.  The good news is that when I planted the peony it does have a strong healthy root system that was clearly starting to show signs of life.  I shall report back on its progress.

I planted the rose and the peony in the pond border and the hellebore has been planted in the woodland border.  I currently only have hellebore seedlings in the woodland border so it was nice to have one that might actually flower this decade in there.  I have many roses in the pond border but the rose filled a good space and I have labelled it so I do not forget which one it is.  The peony is the first one to be in the pond border, I have some in the conservatory border, the coal bunker border and the tree lupin border so it felt right to put it in a place where it would stand out in its own right.

As said previously I like the packing and the website, both are well thought through.  This website promotes using British nurseries and that it very important to me, so I find it easy to support them.  I shall keep posting updates on how these and the other Plantify plants are growing.

6 comments :

  1. I wish you your new plants will grow big and healthy :)

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  2. The packaging looks good and superb plants too! Looking forward to seeing their progress in the coming growing season

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  3. They look very nice indeed! Great packing! I hope they all do well for you. Getting packages filled with plants is always a thrill!

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  4. That's just the sort of delivery I like! Packaging looks good too. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Always a good sign when plants arrived well packaged. Having plants arrive in the post is one of my favourite things too, though it can be challenging imagining the dormant plants in their full glory when working out where to put them in the ground. Enjoy your lovely new hellebore, look forward to seeing it and the other new additions in due course.

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    1. thanks for the comments, the packaging really does work well. I am looking forward to them starting to grow.

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