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I don't. All my seeds come via the internet but i like to have a poke around nurseries and plant fairs during the spring and early summer.  The down side of this is that I don't plan then order. I buy then plan and some plants sit around in pots for ages before they find a home.

Yes I buy online. Got new hellebore few days ago ...far superior in quality to anything locally and superbly packed. No flowers or buds damaged at all. I know what suppliers are good and who are poor. Choice and quality but, yes, postage carries a price. Petrol costs are incurred buying fom a garden centre. Specialist online nurseries are fantastic and worth it. I have bought online now for past 5 years buying varieties not available at garden centres. There are many well known seed and plant suppliers...we all get their catalogues through the post. Mostly the plants received are bare root or tiny plugs and I find the costs for these inferior ones quite high. As with all things there is good and bad. My experience is that buying from the best online suppliers is highly satisfying and very good value
Gary Hobson

I posted this on another thread yesterday...

Lyon Greene wrote (see)

For those of you who have not yet discovered the joys and convenience of mail order gardening, these snaps show a parcel from Crocus that arrived last week. I ordered on the Wednesday, and the parcel arrived on the Friday...


Pretty much the same conclusions as Verdun has already described.

You can get much better choice than is avaiable in any garden centre. The order above included some Hemerocallis. My local GC stocks 3 varieities at the most; Crocus have around 15 varieties. A nursery specialising in that plant alone may have upto a 100 to choose from.

I've bought loads of plants, of all kinds, by mail order.

Another big advantage is that you don't waste money. If I take a trip to a garden centre, then I'm inclined to come back with a load of stuff that I didn't really need. Buying on-line makes purchasing a more considered activity.

.....and the excitement when your order arrives.
The potty gardener

  I buy lots online.The packaging is so good now that nothing gets damaged. I find that I can get tiny plant plugs much cheaper than buying at GC.

Verdun where did you get your Hellebore from please?


hollie hock

I don't buy a lot online, probably because I grow most of my plants from seed, which I do buy from time to time online. You probably do get more choice and variety from online buying though. MIght be good if you were after something particular. I have used T&M for their "free plants offer" once I got over the shock re how small they were, I was happy with them.



I do buy online if I've developed a passion for something unusual; but other than that I really would love my marvellous local nursery (Moat Road Nursery, just off the A17 near Terrington St. Clement) to stay open and flourish; they are great people and have a good selection of plants.

I tend to buy tools & equipment online.  As I've got one sproglet in school full time, and the other one is an almost-toddler, I'm at home all day.  So I tend to do surveys that reward you with points, which I can then swop for an Amazon voucher, or even 'proper' money though paypal.  The last thing I bought was some burgon & ball knee pads (normally cost £15), for £4 of 'real' money (money that was in my bank).  Before that I got a compost stirrer for nothing (all through amazon vouchers).  Now I'm saving up my vouchers for a wolf culti-weeder.  It will probably be a while before I can afford it, as I will ONLY use my vouchers, my budget is virtually zero.

It's great when you get a parcel through the post that you've not had to pay for!  It's about the only thing I can do with an anklebiter in tow, looking for a job but few & far between.

Bev I buy hellebores from Ashwood nurseries and sometimes from Harvington hellebores. Harvington ...twelve small plug hellebores too that, if you have the patience (I don't) will develop into full size plants in 2 years. Ashwood may seem expensive but you are also buying time!
Artjak we too have some fantastic local nurseries producing little gems and it's so nice to meet n greet the knowledgeable and equally enthusiastic owners.
Some of the very best independent, dedicated and specialist nurseries are brilliant and need support, via catalogue or Internet purchases. I agree that crocus are great: they regularly supply gold medal-winning flower show designers. There are lots of others, too. Local independent nurseries can be well worth it, and you know that their plants are well adapted to local growing conditions.
Pipstrelle, well said.
Good point Brum
Gardening Grandma

I've just discovered three local private growers who sell on the internet, which seems to me a great find, since it offers the best of both worlds - quality plants and the chance to see before I buy - plus the opportunity to meet gardeners and see quality gardens in my area.  Off to Swansea soon for rare aquilegias and other herbaceous perennials - can't wait!

Gardening grandma, I too have a local nursery....well, 30 miles away....that I visit occasionally. It sells rare and unusual gems and I never know until I get there exactly what I will buy. I share your excitement


Gardening Grandma

That's the thrill of gardening, isn't it - finding new ideas and learning new things, and especially developing one's knowledge and love and plants. I haven't yet achieved the gorgeous garden I dream of, especially as I am surrounded by houses and have to create my own outlook, but the quest is a lot of fun!

The potty gardener

Verdun- Thank you. I have ordered some Hellebores from Harvington hellebores. I could have spent hundreds of pounds!!

Now waiting for my parcel to arrive.

Bev, they may be plug ones for floweriing next year. Ashwood supply larger ones but pricier. Hellebores are such a pleasure right now
The potty gardener

Yes they are plugs. They won't be delivered 'till April but they are really beautiful.


On the cheap note Ideal world shopping channel have 18 Hellebores for about £20 +£5p+p  today. It includes

           9 x Double Queen Mix     2 x Burgundy        2 x Pink Spotted                         5 x Anemone Flowered


hellebores in this range are:

  • Double queen mix - mix of double flowers good colour consistency without spots
  • Burgundy - rich burgundy cup-shaped flowers
  • Pink spotted - red pink flowers with a fairly regular and densely populated small purple spots towards the centre of each sepal
  • Anemone flowered - a delightful variety of hellebore in which each flower has an attractive ring of frilly petals

I must admit I am really tempted



I know what you mean Bev. You won't get that quality from GC . I plant mine allowing for summer plants in between like astrantias, astilbes, etc. then it's an easy maintenance border. You are getting selected hellebores from the grower too ...better to get less with top quality. Do you want a batch of 18 that will include any old seedlings??

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