More ways to spend money
Trawling the internet has many dangers, not least of them being the chance encounter with a website that is offering things for sale that you didn't know you needed.
I fell upon one such the other day and am now the proud owner of 24 utterly enormous "border restraints". I know, I know, who ever knew that one's borders needed restraining (unless one lives in some benighted country with a megalomaniac leader)?
Border restraints are in fact those little green wire hoops that stop your plants lolling around like ne'er do wells. I usually buy them from supermarkets where the average size offered is about 40 cms tall. On this website I found them offering "seconds" at up to a metre in length. Ooh, I thought, that will keep the cardoons and echinops out of trouble.
So I ordered some and they came. I can't see what is seconds about them. The only problem is they are nearly as tall as I am and have a great deal more fight in them. I shall have to wait until a nice young energetic member of the family is unsuspectingly visiting us and I shall thrust them into their little hands and ask them to poke them into the ground. If they can.
Anyway, the lovely company which is offering these monsters is called Harrod Horticultural and they are based in Lowestoft. No connection to Harrods. They used to make fishing nets for trawlers before the bottom fell out of the market, apparently.