We love Monty!

Hands off our Monty. Thanks Monty for giving out correct advise to hold back on sowing seeds outside till the weather warms up. Such good advise for us eager gardeners and especially the new recruits who might give up not having good results. Thanks for saving our hard earned money, that the garden centres want us to waste, and then go back and spend more money. Is it Montys fault they over ordered and are now having to dump plants cause they need the room? Why dump, why not get local communities or schools to come and take them away? I hate garden centres anyway, full of stuff and a few plants. Seek out your local nursery, they are full of good advise and good plants, no gluts at my fab one at Bunkers Hill in West Oxford, but plenty of bargain priced bare root shrubs last week. Keep on giving that good advise Monty. Does anyone know where I can get some Monty Don sweet peas? Grew Alan Titchmarsh last year, and like to share the love.
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  • jad1jad1 Posts: 130

    Try a sweet pea grower. If you are lucky to be going to Chelsea next month perhaps you could visit a sweet pea stand.

    If you have any success would you post it on the web site

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Hear, hear, Sparker!image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,523

    Absolutely agree Sparker image 

    And I have it on very good authority that the big Garden Centre just up the road from here had their highest ever takings last Thursday - they won't starveimage

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,969
    Dovefromabove wrote (see)

    Absolutely agree Sparker image 

    And I have it on very good authority that the big Garden Centre just up the road from here had their highest ever takings last Thursday - they won't starveimage

    Yet we're supposedly in a recession dove...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • jatnikapyarjatnikapyar Posts: 419

    I agree sparker, let them find someone else to pick onimage

  • cilmericilmeri Posts: 116

    Thought you might like to read this Sparker...

    “ 'Garden centres throwing away plants'. Peter Burks Chairman of the Garden Centre Association has decided to name a name. He says the commercial disaster is not the fault of the inclement weather, but of TV presenter Monty Don.In a recent episode of GW MD advised viewers that “There's no great hurry to plant seed, so don't panic. Don't be in a hurry. You don't have to sow anything until April.'

    Quite right. The earth tends to have to hit a certain degree of warmth before seeds will germinate.

    All that Burks' opinion really illustrates is how much garden centres rely on selling plants to people who don't know much about gardening. Charming.”

    The Guardian. Saturday 13.4.13

  • jatnikapyarjatnikapyar Posts: 419

    Well said Brumbull, where's the logic.....GC plant £3/=, Supermarket £1/=. Plants from same grower, result the same. Who's ripping us off? And the argument about GC spend more to give QUALITY plants does not wash really. I am not responsible for their inefficiency. They make enough dosh charging a fortune for things like "butterfly bush" and wildlife plants which are so easy. They play on the lack of experience of novice gardeners like me to make money.image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,523

    Well, our local garden center employs people who keep an eye on their plants, watering them and even hardening them off - the supermarkets stack 'em high and deep and leave them in the glazed entrance to the store with the doors open in the scorching sun  or  frosty temperatures and never notice that they need watering (I sometimes point it out but they shrug and ignore me).

    Employing people to care for the plants adds to the GC's overheads - hence increased costs.

    If I've only got a few pounds I know that I'd rather spend them on plants that have been cared for by people who know what they're doing .... 

     

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • JulieS2JulieS2 Posts: 18

    Rock on Montyimage

  • cilmericilmeri Posts: 116

    Having said all that..it depends on your GC..Agree with you Dove, your quote...

    'Employing people to care for the plants adds to the GC's overheads - hence increased costs. If I've only got a few pounds I know that I'd rather spend them on plants that have been cared for by people who know what they're doing .... '

    is reflective of the smaller independant  GC's around here...noted some labels are the same as commercial ones but can see that the plants have been cared for until ready.

    Bee

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