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Post West Cornwall 10th September very rare plant fair!
Just in case anyone doesn't know yet but we are repeating our plant sale at Tremenherre near Penzance in West Cornwall.
10 am 'til 2.00 pm on 10th of September
A tradition is that we offer some plants previously never offered before?!!!
My attempt will be the "true" Dahlia purpusii from Chiapas in Southern Mexico
This is remarkable in that it looks like a Hydrangea but produces a deep pink Dahlia flower!
Could it be that I have been growing both Dahlias and Hydrangeas for way too long? should get out more?
Hopefully John and Chad will rise to the challenge

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Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:33 pm
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Mark,

You set the bar very high.

Dahlia purpusii is listed as 'possibly extinct'.

Just how rare do you want to go?!

My offerings this year are depleted by the 'bad' B&Q compost having killed off my main seed raising batches.

I can only manage 'uncommon' this year!

Chad.


Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:44 pm
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fillan wrote:
Just in case anyone doesn't know yet but we are repeating our plant sale at Tremenherre near Penzance in West Cornwall.
10 am 'til 2.00 pm on 10th of September
A tradition is that we offer some plants previously never offered before?!!!
My attempt will be the "true" Dahlia purpusii from Chiapas in Southern Mexico
This is remarkable in that it looks like a Hydrangea but produces a deep pink Dahlia flower!
Could it be that I have been growing both Dahlias and Hydrangeas for way too long? should get out more?
Hopefully John and Chad will rise to the challenge


Mark ...Is your business still running as I cannot get access to your website??

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Post Re: West Cornwall very rare plant fair!
Would love to go but just too far away.
Strangely Chad, it was B and Q compost in which the red Musschia seeds from Charlie germinated for me like cress and supplied numerous people with plants! Obviously a compost of extremes. That said, I haven't used it since your report.


Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:29 pm
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Martin,

Last year Verve won medals!

This year it has changed in composition though not in labelling on the bags.

B&Q's own web site list the problems. Go to the reviews at the bottom of the page and click 'sort' to 'lowest to highest' you can see how many people have had trouble this year.

Serves me right for going for the cheapest and most convenient supplier!

Chad.


Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:26 am
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For anyone who can make this plant fair on the 10th September, it will be well worth calling in. Rarities guaranteed from the various tables and stands! Plus you get to see one of the finest gardens in the country.

I intend to be there again this year. I've been struggling with Lyme Disease (from a tick bite sustained whilst gardening - stay safe out there folks) and have neglected one or two batches of plants, but will still have plenty of interesting things to bring along.

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Chad wrote:
Martin,

Last year Verve won medals!

This year it has changed in composition though not in labelling on the bags.

B&Q's own web site list the problems. Go to the reviews at the bottom of the page and click 'sort' to 'lowest to highest' you can see how many people have had trouble this year.

Serves me right for going for the cheapest and most convenient supplier!

Chad.


Thanks for the heads up Chad BQ compost is my normal buy, today I ran out, so we have had a change with some from Wyevale.
I had noticed a distinct lack of growth on some of my newly potted plants this year and after repotting tonight the root growth was quite alarming or should I say lack of it.
Seems I may have had a full season wasted on some of my plants this year thankfully nothing died.

Sorrry to hear Ben I hope things improve for you soon


Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:05 pm
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Kev,
I had the same issues as Chad had with th B and Q compost with the Wyevale stuff. Lost quite a few plants - especially young or more sensitive plants. This year I have been buying Homebase's J Arthur Bowers £6.88 for 120L which is good value. So far have found results good and the texture seems nice. Apologies for continuing to pollute this thread with compost tales!


Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:27 pm
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Hi Ben,
hope you recover quickly,
very serious threat to people working outside nowadays.

Andy, still trading but doing shows and selling off-site; hopefully a new site coming after a "restructuring" of the business?

I am still mixing my own compost.
Using peat, bark and loam.
Massive upset in loam supply when Greenore Mendip loam stopped trading!
Took a long while to find a good quality sterilised loam to replace the Somerset product.
Eventually found a supply of Kettering loam which although a finer grade than I am used to seems to fulfil the role.
The inclusion of a good loam increases the availability of essential minerals and acts as a wetting agent; peat only composts are difficult to re-moisten and when fertilisers run low just give up. A good loam is also sufficient to buffer the acid levels of Sphagnum peat.
Bark is also useful in that it lifts the AFP of the compost and has some anti-fungal properties.

If anyone is interested I will take a few pots of compost to Tremenhere on the 10th of September.........

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Post Re: West Cornwall 10th September very rare plant fair!
Perhaps we need a thread about compost!! Interestingly Mark, I had a great Saurauja subspinosa from Hardy Exotics which did really well until I repotted it and then it grew steadily weaker until it died. Last time I was there, they said they grow it in just bark!
Perhaps we try too hard with our mixes - I have just been told by an agave expert friend of mine that the best thing to root the offsets in is ... Cat litter!!! I will give it a go.


Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:47 pm
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... but not any old cat litter. Tesco Low Dust'
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or if you prefer coarser granule size, Sanicat from Pets At Home.
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I've been using it for a few years now - on its own for rooting cuttings (it is sterile) and as a soil ameliorant. The coarser grade seems a very good medium for bromeliads.

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Not impressed by toilet facilities!

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Not impressed by toilet facilities!

My next door neighbours cats enjoy my own latrine facilities especially with my recently freshly made sandy border. One reason I always use gloves when gardening.
Mark great pic and I'm interested in knowing the Nolina species in the background... Parviflora? Difficult to assess even at that stage of growth.

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Hi Andy
Those are Nolina hibernica plants, about 3 years old.

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Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:03 am
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Post Re: West Cornwall 10th September very rare plant fair!
I’ve been pottering around in the poly tunnel to see what I have.

I should have [in small numbers];

Callianthe tridens [AKA Abutilon tridens]
Dendroseris litoralis
Dendroseris marginata
Manihot grahamii [all gone - was someone waiting for me to post?]
Solanum atropurpureum
Solanum pyracanthum
Solanum quitoense
Sonchus palmensis

They are all in very small numbers. Reserve in advance if you want something.

Chad.


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