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    Patsy is offline Seedling
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    Anybody tried the Victoriana nurseries advertised in GYO? Their blueberries sounded very cheap at 6.60

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    just read one of your threads to andrewo, where is marshalls? in the north, as I am not far from andrewo's neck of the woods.

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    Default Marshalls

    Marshalls is a catalogue supplier, the quality has always been excellent and they have always been willing to replace any stock that died or was damaged.

    http://www.marshalls-seeds.co.uk/

    Not in our neck of the woods but a good supplier. If you want to see your purchase before hand, I suggest Gordon Riggs in Todmorden, a real nursery compared to the Rochdale site, which is just a garden centre.

    Andrewo

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    This company started up 18 months/2 years ago by people that left Marshalls when it was taken over by Levingtons.
    They are advertising in lots of places and I suspect that they are over extended and also buy in all that they sell.
    They seem to have moved recently and not told their customers!
    I placed an order with them in January, the cheque was cashed but no delivery made. Tried to ring them many times (on an expensive 0870 number) and was always put on hold as 'all of their agents are busy'. Gave up trying to ring and wrote instead without receiveing a reply. Wrote again after a month and this time did get a reply that they had been waiting receipt from their supplier. They did not think to tell me of this. They do not seem to have a website and their letterhead does not show an e-mail address. I think that they have grown to quickly and are unable to cope, I will not order from them again.
    When buying fruit trees/bushes it is always best to get them from the actual grower and to go for quality rather than quantity. Cheap trees will be small and could take several years to fruit.

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    Yes I have used Victoriana. A good company to deal with, quick personal service and reasonable prices.

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    I've been onto them and they have told me that all fruit trees will be despatched from the 13th March - will let you know when they show up, have had one tree off them not as good as Marshalls. They were younger specimens but I would rather have younger trees for cordoning.
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    All my fruit trees have now turned up. The final one (Apple Family tree) arrived this evening at 5 PM.
    It was not the one I ordered but I am happy to keep it. There was a letter with it apologising for the change. As it will be my only tree there is little to concern me in respect of having doubles of apple types. Had I owned other Apple trees then it could have been more of a problem. The main reason for buying a Family grafted tree is normaly lack of space. A phone call or e-mail to check would have been a good thing. (The company in question is Mr Fothergills.)
    Jax

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    The saga continues, I have had a braeburn from Marshalls (fantastic company and no complaints) but the Fruit and Vegetable company are a waste of space - totally. I ordered my trees in Oct 2005, promised them by the latest Feb 2006. Phone late Feb and they said they were still waiting on the suppliers (well, the weather has been bad, so gave them an inch), phoned them last week and was promised (promised?) despatch by 16th March - no sign - phoned today, had to make them take my address and name, to which they said I had received my trees in Nov 2005 (I work from home so this didn't cut any mustard with me), they declined to tell me who the courier was and offered to reship or refund. I went for a refund, sorry there is no excuse for bad management like this, in this day and age any parcel that doesn't fit through your letterbox should be signed for, so that the despatch company knows you have recieved it. This is the first and last time I will use this company and advise others waiting on fruit trees from them to phone them up and demand to know whether they have been despatched - it all smells very fishy.
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    Andrewo
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