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This is a good thread BB.
Checking out clematis this week saw the Crocus adverts and spent time browsing but not sure beacause of the prices..
yesterday went to local gc and found lots of varieties in the different groups (1,2 etc)...good price, friendly staff
weeather permitting on Sunday plan to visit clematis specialist in Tenbury Wells..
...haven't discounted Aldi
really enjoy this aspect of choosing plants and appreciating the advice...
I often get plants online. Must say I have had excellent service from T&M. If I need to phone they are always really helpful. I also got what I thought were good plants for the money from J Parkers. I also get things from QVC the teleshopping channel, these always arrive in excellent time. The one time I wasn't happy with something I recieved when I phoned a replacement was sent straight away.
I have ordered several things from T&M, but only in their sales. apart from one they have all been very good and i got vouchers. there potted stuff comes really well packaged.
van M are their sister company, their stuff seems a couple of pounds cheaper - again no issues so far.
last year there was a thread on here about compost, which was very informative. this year i've tried aldis seed compost and peat free and i am REALLLY impressed - especially at the prices
i've also got canes, sieves and watering cans very cheap from aldi too. asda also has some great stuff. as i've only been gardening a year i never noticed they did so much gardening stuff in supermarkets - is it new?
Fancied ordering a few good-looking sale bargains from Crocus recently, but unfortunately they don't deliver this far north. At least their website is helpful & shows where they deliver to & if you live near the boundary you can even enter your postcode to see if you'll be "lucky"!! Unlike the Telegraph Gardenshop who just unhelpfully "don't recognise" your postcode even though their order form looks suspiciously like Crocus.
This is a great thread Brum. I haven't use mail order much as I'm fortunate to have a huge nursery within half hour drive - it was a little too handy at last house as it was a few hundred yards away! I did buy bare root hedging about 5 yrs ago from a big supplier and it was excellent. Supermarkets are catching on -I've bought some very good, inexpensive plants from Morrisons, and Asda is good for all sorts of bits and pieces.
An excellent idea for a thread Brum.
This post isn't a rant nor am i preaching it is merely a post to make people think and decide for themselves what is important.
I notice on this thread and others, that we are buying plants from supermarkets and thrift stores, yes i say we cause i am also guilty of this, all i am asking is give a thought to the small independent nurseries in your local area who will undoubtedly go the same way as the high street bakers & butchers etc etc, sure the plants are cheaper at the supermarket, but can they give you the advice at the check-out you can get from a nurseryman? At your local nursery you know where the plants have come from, the local conditions that the plants have been grown in will be suited to you, think about where plants from the supermarkets come from, most come from the continent, Holland, Germany, Italy, think about the carbon footprint it takes to bring these plants to Britain a thing i call plant miles, im not saying these plants are of inferior quality they are more or less the same, but they have been mollycoddled in poly tunnels on the continent. You will also have less choice from supermarkets as they are only interested in profit and what sells well. IMHO the small independents who have a love of horticulture a passion for plants that you wont get from a supermarket will be a thing of the past if we are not careful, next time you are in a supermarket, thrift store check the labeling on the plants if it is just pictures trying to explain how to plant and grow the plant it means it's from the continent and for mass distribution around Europe, i for one would rather pay a few extra pence or pounds to keep my local independents in business.. Sorry maybe i should have posted this on the rant thread...just think about it please..
Thanks PG, yes i understand the point you are making
I hardly ever buy plants from supermarkets as in my experience they are all far too 'soft' and need a lot of hardening off - as you say Percy Grower, the smaller nurseries offer a lot of choice and often have more unusual plants in better condition - I usually find a new variety of something that tempts me when I visit a small nursery
Good Morning , There are two G/c close to me and both are in Termonfeckin 3 kms neither sell
vegetable plants or seed ,just spring , summer bedding plants , shrubs and trees .
This is why I go to the nearest supermarket 13 kms
Good morning. Must say I am very pleased with T&M, I ordered seeds from them and received them in the post a week later, all the way to Switzerland. Shame I can't order plugs, they would probably die on the way! Some seed companies sell T&M seeds here, but cost twice as much, including the postage from England.
I don't know the lay of the land in England Derek, but Dobbies is the biggest garden center chain in Scotland, and they are owned by tesco's, these supermarkets know there's money in plants, they have enormous buying power that small independents can't compete with, i'm afraid they will corner the market so to speak, to the detriment of quality and choice for us gardeners..
I use a great nursery half an hour away which supplies many of the supermarkets and garden centres in Scotland anyway but I agree if there's a local one nearby we should all try and support them if possible. I used to use one 10 mins from where I live just now but sadly it's now closed- land has now been built on. Sign of the times
A lot of this is a financial and convenience issue for a many people-the High Street days as we traditionally think of it are numbered- we all know that-Blockbusters HMV etc anybody?
So we go for the cheaper option-people are struggling and there will be casualties because the smaller nurseries cannot compete with supermarkets and the increasing mail order via internet sales
It is just a fact in the current climate.
Percy I do agree what you say but at this time when things are so tight money does come into it. Example Morrison's on Sat night i got 6 strong fuchsia plugs for £2 at our local Doobbies GC they where a £1 each plug and not any better looking may i say. Also at Morrison's a Salix Caprea Kilmarnock £8 at Dobbies £20 same label on it am a member of Dobbies garden club and buy most of my stuff there but i still watch my pennies and love a bargain.
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Percy I do agree what you say but at this time when things are so tight money does come into it. Example Morrison's on Sat night i got 6 strong fuchsia plugs for £2 at our local Doobbies GC they where a £1 each plug and not any better looking may i say. Also at Morrison's a Salix Caprea Kilmarnock £8 at Dobbies £20 same label on it am a member of Dobbies garden club and buy most of my stuff there but i still watch my pennies and love a bargain. Exactly the point Andy - GCs sell gardening products, supermarkets sell ANYTHING they can get their hands on! you will always pay more from a shop / place that specialises in that product - FACT. - the GC will always be more expensive
Exactly the point Andy - GCs sell gardening products, supermarkets sell ANYTHING they can get their hands on! you will always pay more from a shop / place that specialises in that product - FACT. - the GC will always be more expensive
I agree Andy, things are tight in this present financial climate, and of course we all love a bargain, why would anyone in there right mind pay over the odds when they can get the same thing cheaper elsewhere, but the point is, or rather my fear is, once the nurseries ( supermarkets competetors) have disapered the supermarkets are free to charge as they like, as they will have an ever increasing share of the market and eventually a monopoly..
That is not strictly true -they will compete with each other on price-the independent shopkeeper or anything similar is rapidly becoming a thing of the past
Who in their right mind would open any business selling goods from a premises nowadays unless it is a niche product?