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Why can't I stop buying plants?!



  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,494
    Very good sketches Will, it’s not the planing, it’s not the planting, it’s the digging of the grass and getting the stones out.  I’ve built a dry stone wall from the stones here. 

    I don’t buy plants, but I spy up what I like and get the seeds, have to wait but I’m happy to do that.
    for me, if I do by a plant,  which is very rare,  I think it’s cheating, I haven’t grown it, someone else has. 
    I have bought some trailing petunias in those tiny plugs, can’t grow them from seed. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,165
    @Lyn , Those P. Denticulata you gave me have been stunning this year
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,494
    I get so many of them, they are a thug, watch out for self seeders, i pull the out every year and get a compost bin full. 
    I started of 30 years ago with one plant I bought very cheap in a green grocers, it’s all taken off from there, I have give loads away and have many still here,  when they finish flowering cut the whole lot back to the ground, I expect you know that though. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,899
    Lyn....your attitude towards buying plants reminds me of a customer who used to
    frequent the nursery where I used to work in the 1980's .
    He would often pop-in and buy the most perfect cactus plant he could afford ; he'd take it next week to his local cactus and succulent show , then come out with a gold-medal (like he'd grown it himself)..... what the hell is the point in doing that ???????????? >:)
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,494
    I don’t  know Paul,  I don’t find anything satisfying in buy a plant.  I do like to be given plants by someone, then I can look back and say that’s so and so’s. 
    Or, I pinched that cutting form such a place.  There are 60 hydrangeas here, all grown from cuttings, some from the doctors surgery car park,  I can’t remember where now. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,899
    edited April 2019
    I must admit that I enjoy buying plants from specialist plant fairs ;usually rarely available species. These are bought for my own garden and I try to propagate accordingly .
     Then I give bits and pieces away to people .
    I cannot imagine the mentality of anyone buying a plant just to win some pointless medal.
    Maybe they're just sad or stay in a lot !

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,494
    Stay in! That would be nice😀

    its nice to get a plant that you can immediately chop up for cuttings.  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364
    You are a gardener of course you want to keep buying plants. Whatever else did you expect. I can really recommend  Erythorium Pagoda beautiful. 
    Do you have enough plant guilt now. 😉😉😉

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 6,952
    My name is AnniD, and l am a plantaholic. I have a coldframe full, a greenhouse full of dahlias that will need to go somewhere,  4 clematis awaiting planting into pots, random plants in pots waiting to also go "somewhere". Three big trays of plants waiting to go to the charity shop (my conscience easer), and another delivery of pelargoniums awaited  (but l know where they are going, so that's okay isn't it ? o:) )
    My problem is, we are going to the supermarket this morning and if they have healthy looking clematis at a ridiculously low price,  surely it is my duty to rescue them from the dark depths of the plant section and bring them home into the light that is my garden ?

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 2,870
    Of course you should rescue them! I just rescued a 'reduced' Magnolia of some type from Homebase. The pot was bust up and the label was missing so I am not sure what type it is - it's either 'Susan' or stellata. I hope it's the latter but I will have to wait until next year to find out.
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