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IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 764
Recent thread about bargain plants got me thinking about the plants I lost out on because I didn’t have money on me when I spotted it or I’d decided not yet but it had gone by the time I went back for it. Bargain banana tree from Lidl and more recently a geum Mrs Bradshaw from the supermarket. They’re both still on my wanted list but only at a good price as I’m more of a bargain hunter than a splurger when it comes to buying.
Anyone else have regrets about missing out?


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,141
    No, I've always got the magic plastic in my purse when I'm going anywhere near the shops. Sometimes I have to resist the temptation to buy something just because it's a bargain, like the acers in Aldi this week. Nowhere to put one.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,498
    No, because like @JennyJ I always have my magic plastic too. I don't buy plants just because they are cheap unless they are plants I really want. I do buy plants I really want even if I struggle to find place because I'm a plantaholic ☺
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • carletonexoticcarletonexotic YorkshirePosts: 73
    Any number of reasonably-priced dicksonia antarctica tree ferns I've seen over the past few years, now that I'm seeing 4ft ones priced at £350!
    An exotic jungle garden in West Yorkshire: 
  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Tyne & Wear Green Belt Posts: 1,566
    Asda had Mrs Bradshaw for £2 each or 3 for £5.  My local one still has a few mixed in with the newer ones that have come in more recently (same when I was out and about at the weekend in other branches).  Worth a look of you have any Asda stores nearby.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,940
    Mrs Bradshaw Geum grow very easily from seed.  You can have several plants from a packet of seeds.  Just sow half a dozen in a yogurt pot or similar on the kitchen work top. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,525
    I don't think I've ever wanted a plant badly enough to regret not buying it. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 1,736
    Not plants.  But a painting.  It would have been a struggle to buy it when I saw it at an art exhibition but we could have just about done it.  It sold to someone else just as we decided we ought to be sensible and I have regretted it ever since.  I still see it in my mind's eye!  And the artist has since become more successful and her paintings doubled in price!
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,142
    When I read these threads I suddenly become very grateful I don’t live near big box supermarkets, don’t go to them and don’t have a car. A geum for two quid or a foxglove for four quid would break me every time. The seduction of online plant shopping is bad enough. 
  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,361
    I saw those Acers too @JennyJ, I hung about thinking where can I put it,but no room at this inn Im afraid😕
    The whole truth is an instrument that can only be played by an expert.
  • noxonnoxon Posts: 2
    Just before the first strict lockdown in March 2020 I was in IKEA buying desks, chairs etc for working at home. They had huge potted houseplants, monstera etc, being sold off for knockdown prices. I resisted and occasionally remember and regret that decision....
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