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AndymanAndyman Posts: 39
I recently bought Agapanthus 'Twister' from a local nursery in a 3L black plastic pot. I chose a healthy looking plant with plenty of leaves and three unopened flower buds, rather than one of the many others that were already in flower. I live in NE England and I believe that this deciduous variety is reasonably hardy, but I intend to keep it potted and overwinter it indoors in my cool conservatory as a precaution.

I bought this plant as second choice after being let down badly by Thompson & Morgan.
My first preference was Agapanthus 'Fireworks' which came third in Chelsea Plant of 2019, and I ordered three of them on 26th May when they were still being advertised with a despatch date of the end of June 2019. 
Unfortunately, it would appear that its success at Chelsea has subsequently resulted in huge demand from the general public and T&M are now unable to supply it until the end of August, despite the fact that my order confirmation email stated the end of June. I have therefore had to cancel the order as I will be out of the country in August and September.

I believe that 'Fireworks' was actually developed by T&M, so if they have sold out of it, I'm guessing that it's likely to be hard to come by for a few months, but if anyone knows of an alternative supplier that currently has it in stock, I would appreciate it if they could let me know.  

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  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,080
    Actually you're probably better off with what you have. If you search T&M on here, you'll find they are unreliable as plant suppliers. If you have a nice, healthy agapanthus, call it a win and enjoy it
    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • AndymanAndyman Posts: 39
    Thanks raisingirl. I wish I'd known about T&M's unreliability before ordering from them. Hopefully I may eventually obtain 'Fireworks' from a reliable supplier or better still, from a nursery/garden centre. 
    That was my first and last order from T&M. :)  
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    The RHS lists a couple of suppliers on their website. Might be worth a couple of calls.
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • AndymanAndyman Posts: 39
    Thanks hogweed.
    I have managed to find an excellent supplier of Agapanthus in South Yorkshire.
    Hoyland Plant Centre actually hold the National Collection of Agapanthus, Tulbaghia & Clivia and they also have a mail order website which comes under the name of somethingforthegarden.
    I ordered an Agapanthus 'Fireworks' three days ago and a very health, robust plant was delivered today by courier. It came well packaged in a cardboard box and wrapped in bubblewrap, so it was fresh and still moist when I opened it.
    The plant centre even included a growing information leaflet for Agapanthus, and I have since discovered that it was their display stand at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019 which appeared on the BBC's TV coverage.


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