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The plugs are tiny, will need growing on in small pots, then you could plant out in autumn and cloche them against the worst of the winter.
Not sure you will need too much protection at this time of year ChrissieB
I would get plugs into 9 cm pots ASAP and then cover with fleece. It will keep slugs at bay and afford good protection. When they are growing well in their bigger pots remove fleece and don't over fuss them. There's still 3 months of good growing weather yet
Bear I mind though that if it's this months offer they are being sent out in August (I think that what I read) and realistically if it's anything like last time it may well be nearer the end of September which may only give you a month-6 weeks growing time.
I bought the perennials last time as plugs and they are growing brilliantly (I think it was May when I got mine) some even have flowers, although they are now desperate to be repotted so that's this weekend'd job.
Well worth it for £5.95 but still try and get some polystyrene boxes as recommended by Bekkie.
Plugs of perennials not for me. ESP those variety bumper packs. Always better to buy plants you,really want and for flowering now.
The deep polystyrene fish boxes that salmon get delivered to the supermarkets make an ad hoc cold frame with a sheet of glass or plastic over.
The chemist type ones are good for keeping a couple of cans cold in the car, or getting ice lollies home from the supermarket.
I am on a really strict budget Verdun which probably for the next year will involve very few plants so the more offers and even better freebies I can get the bette. All plants on my wish list will end to come from Christmas and birthday money/vouchers. This free offer does include Geums though which I want more of and they are yellow, will go great with Totally Tangerine and Mrs Bradshaw
Chrissie, saw some cold frames reduced in Dobbies today, I had to resist temptation though and will be making my own from bubble wrap and pallets
Oh Dear! Such conflicting answers. Firstly. Plug plants come in various sizes. Strange that nobody noticed that. As with buy plants by mail. Basically. You pays your money and you take your chance. No greenhouse, so what? Look we are closing in on June. July is in the horticultural calender a very important month. It is a month during which so many perennial cuttings are taken. So why not have a go with plugs. Bypass the quantity for quality. Pick the largest and take a chance.