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  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    When is a bargain not a bargain?  

    When you keep buying from Aldi, Morrisons, GC's and the rest and then can't find anywhere to put them!

    Still keep going back and we have less lawn nowimage

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    Got 2 small, poorly poppies £1.50 each at B&Q, a white one and a pink one, can't remember names (royalty or anniversary type namesimage). Will be nice next year. However, they need some careful planning where they will go once they get to full size.

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Lesley, I don't know any good gardener who doesn't have a whole load of things in pots, sitting on the patio, or near the greenhouse, or in the greenhouse, or next to the back door that they bought cos they liked them, or they were going cheap, but at the moment, there just doesn't seem to be anywhere to put them.  I have things that probably won't get planted for over a year.  I have trees that haven't been planted for two or three years, currently in big tubs, waiting for a space to appear.  I have badly designed beds, full of plants that need attention, are rambling over each other, bullying and pushing each other, because they all went in wherever I could squeeze them, instead of going somewhere worthwhile.  I am hoping that in the next year I will be able to make sense of it all by moving them. 

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I was told last night I had enough plants!!!!!  Needless to say the comment didn't come form a gardener, just the lawn-keeper and occasional under-gardener image He just doesn't understand image

    I was actually VERY  good today and drove past the local GC, even though I could hear bargains in the corner calling me to give them a good caring home image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    My other bargain this week wasn't a plant but is related.  There is a 'reuse' shop at our local recycling centre and I bought some of those plastic terracotta effect planters for 50p each, big ones too.  I only want them for my Tumbling Tom tomatoes and dwarf green beans so they didn't need to be fancy, just big.  £3 for 6....,..bargain image

  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    Busy Bee2 I didn't realise I was normalimage  

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Well done OL!  They will always come in handy - every year.  And of course, you, Lesley and I ARE all normal.  The lawnkeeper here is also fond of remarking that I have too many plants, and can't I just make do with the ones I've got?  Thing is, he doesn't know what they are, or where they need to go, and left to him, we would be growing sweetcorn in the flower beds.  There is a remorseless financial logic in gardening, which is that a lot of the plants at the GC are priced according to size.  You can pay £2.99 for a little one, and £7.99 for the same thing a year/size on.  So if you think you might want that plant next year, all you have to do is pay £2.99, pot on, and you've saved a fiver and will get more instant impact.  I am planning a foray into the world of 'cuttings' now that we have a GH.  He won't mind them so much as they are free!!  Mike I think you would love our garden centres here, because coming from that London, everything would seem cheap.  We pay more if we want a David Austin rose, or a Mattocks, but the garden centre's own are 3 for £12.  One of them is 'Gloire de Dijon', on thing is, I need to have something to grow it up.  image 

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