My plants finally arrived but I am not happy with them at all. First off they cut all the flowers off the Pieris so I can't see if they are red or not, that will now have to wait until next year. Then I got the Camellia out of it's box, the note said plants are trimmed for ease of packing, trimmed? Bloody hacked to pieces. Now I know you don't cut evergreen plants back like this but obviously they don't. It does have some buds on it and it is green under the bark so I am hoping it will survive. The Acer isn't a very good specimen either but at least it has some leaves on it.
I don't think I will buy from them again. I have sent them a strongly worded e-mail. They haven't replied yet. The delivery driver also left them outside my house where any one could have stolen them.
On a better note my old Acer Palmatum Bloodgood is in full leaf and looking very healthy after I re-potted it last year. It is about 18 years old now.
I really need to tidy up and clean the concrete but as we have a hosepipe ban this year it means I will have to get on my hands and knees with a scrubbing brush and bucket of water. I will paint the fence panel black to help show the red leaves off, this will all take time and I still need to crack on with the allotment.