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peteSpeteS Posts: 797
There are some proper bargains in my local supermarket at the moment. Foxgloves and Geums (Mrs Bradshaw I think)in 2ltr pots for £5. Normally these would cost a tenner at least at the local garden centre, and certainly £15 online. The trick is to buy them early as they don't bother watering them and they just let them die.

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,567
    Waitrose have  a range of fairly basic stuff, lupins, oriental poppies, foxgloves, lupins etc 4 for £10
    Devon.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,413
    One of the shopping channels has been selling plants really cheap. I think the nurseries are offloading them. Although some seem ridiculously expensive too.
    I think it's ideal world but im not sure.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,055
    Only a bargain if you actually want them  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • peteSpeteS Posts: 797
    Are foxgloves perennials, because as I mentioned earlier my local supermarket is selling them, in flower, in 2ltr pots, but there just seems to be too much foliage growth on them for it to be this years growth, or even last year's. Also, I know they prefer shade/semi shade, but will they be happy in full sun.
  • AstroAstro Posts: 356
    peteS said:
    Are foxgloves perennials, because as I mentioned earlier my local supermarket is selling them, in flower, in 2ltr pots, but there just seems to be too much foliage growth on them for it to be this years growth, or even last year's. Also, I know they prefer shade/semi shade, but will they be happy in full sun.
    They usually drop their seed in late summer and put on leaf, they then flower the following year. The year after flowering they come back but are diminished, they are kinda tatty. Some are true perennials, I have a dwarf carillon and it comes back year after year.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,413
    I watch these programmes like gardening porn. Never been tempted apart from a few years ago when I bought a bundle of bareroot roses. They were all good.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ERICS MUMERICS MUM Posts: 527
    edited May 2020
    B3 said:
    One of the shopping channels has been selling plants really cheap. I think the nurseries are offloading them. Although some seem ridiculously expensive too.
    I think it's ideal world but im not sure.
    I don’t watch Ideal World but I’ve noticed that QVC are selling such plants.  Some of the prices are ridiculous.  QVC’s Face Book page is inundated with complaints and photos of the state the plants are in when delivered !  I’m sticking with Aldi and our local greengrocers which has bought in a small range of plants.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,413
    Maybe it was qvc then. I usually just flick through the channels looking for something to watch
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 BirminghamPosts: 736
    Hi @peteS , we have foxgloves which self seed in the garden and they always go for the sunniest spots. In fact the one area I would really like them to spread into which is some dappled shade (the ideal textbook location for foxgloves) , I can’t get them established!
     If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
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