They do well here and wouldn't be unusual seeing them I people's gardens. Funny things is I've being looking for seedling the last couple of years, none could I fined. Like the old saying goes. When you don't need it you'll see it everywhere but if your looking for it there's none to be found 😂 @jeatacake @kez001uk
I'm so envious that you can grow them easily there. I still get the odd seedlings appearing even 3 or 4 years after my last attempt to grow them. They just weren't worth the faff here of bringing them into the greenhouse each winter. That was tricky when they got big! Then, when they flowered, it was a big disappointment, as they were ruined by rain, wind & cold weather! London is the only place I've seen them grow ok outdoors here.
Surprised they don't do well there. Didn't think it got that cold in Liverpool. We're not really that far apart. They do get big so I can see the hassle of storing and moving. Luckily there's a multitude of plants can be used to fill the space you had for them 😉 @jeatacake
Cheers Alan. I'm actually in St Helens, which is about 20 miles inland & more above sea level. Often below at least -5C. I've even tried fleecing them outside all winter. They only just survived it & looked like they'd been 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! @alan1111