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17/05/2014 at 15:25

Just popped into our local garden centre looking to buy a plant for my new bed, could only really afford to get one when I saw a stand with perennial plants being sold for 99p so bought 8, poppies, verbena and some others. So theres me thinking I could only get one plant from the change in my purse and I end up with 8

17/05/2014 at 15:26

I love a good bargain

17/05/2014 at 17:19

that's a bargain and they will be the best .

17/05/2014 at 17:22

And you'll enjoy them even more at that price

17/05/2014 at 17:25

Has anyone else noticed how we tend to say "just popped into the garden centre / nursery" as if we had never intended to do that..........much less buy any plants

17/05/2014 at 17:29

I did exactly that today philippa...

Only bought four plants as they didn't have the things I really went would have been rude to leave with nothing.

17/05/2014 at 17:57

FG..........and God forbid we should be rude........I'll bear that excuse in mind next time

17/05/2014 at 19:02
I popped into the garden centre last weekend with the littlies. We came back with some roses. They were 3 for 12 quid. One of them was Gloire de Dijon. I don't have anywhere for a climbing rose. So at some time I will have to pop in again and buy a rose arch to grow it up. The other two were some floribundas called English Miss. I have yet to raid the stores for all the bare root roses they have to sell off quick for 50p, but it's that time of year..... We love the garden centre. It's a trip out - they have animatronic dinosaurs and dry ice and a sand pit. And the cafe is really nice, and pretty reasonable, and you can always get a table - lovely cakes and scones. Christmas time is an experience to behold. Lincolnshire has the best garden centres anywhere in my opinion, cos land here is so cheap they can develop themselves indefinitely, and do!!
22/05/2014 at 14:29

I love going to the 'casualty' corner and 'rescuing' the sad looking plants! So far I have been very lucky as most of them have taken and many have given me lovely displays for several years !

22/05/2014 at 19:48

I shall have a look out for said corner in my local GC


22/05/2014 at 20:18

Busy your TC sounds lovely, our local one is ok, very rarely has sell off corner and is run by the most negative chap who seems to enjoy scorning my questions and ideas and generally making me feel like an idiot...only go as my little girl likes to see the fish and the resident cat! We live by botanical gardens I like to get plants from sales there or nearby charity city farm,got iceberg climbing rose for£ 5 last year, it,s doing really well, hope your glories de Dijon and others do, at 50p fora rose I,d have been a nightmare!

22/05/2014 at 20:35

Rosemummy.............your "negative chap" sounds rather mean spirited to say the least

You should start a new thread asking posters for the most difficult/complicated question you could ask this person (and, obviously, the correct answer too ).....memorise both and then go and engage him in conversation and drop your question in as a sort of "Oh, by the way, do you know...............?  Hopefully, he'll be flummoxed and you and daughter can then just sashay off and look at cat/fish quite happily knowing you have made your point

Lucky you being so close to a Botanical green with envy

22/05/2014 at 20:38

That's not at the garden centre, the 50p roses - it's in places like B & M, and The Range, and JTF - Discount Warehouse, and Poundstretcher and the like.  Sometimes Lidl or Aldi, or Morrisons.  It is just a good time for finding bargains is late May.  Not that I've been out much - busy dealing with what I've already got tbh.  Lincolnshire is all about economies of scale I think - we all tend to have big gardens (land is very cheap), and the garden centres are big scale too.  And we all go to them a lot because there's not much else to do here!! A few days back, a new mega-Tesco opened in Lincoln, and the entire retired population of the county have been to take a look. 

22/05/2014 at 20:39

just bought some plants for a pound re-duced from £3. very good value at BQ they were a little exhausted but soon cured that .

22/05/2014 at 21:02

Firstly, I love that name Sunnysarah and a beautiful sunflower to match 

Anyway, I also love the bargain corner at my local family run GC.  Earlier in the year, as some of you will know, I had new borders put in the back and side of my garden.  I filled it with almost all bargain basement plants, most from the 'rescue centre' as we like to call it at the GC and some from GW.  They have all survived and are doing great.  I also bought a clematis for £1 last autumn, it was more or less dead. I didn't do anything with it (I didn't know how!), I just left it and in spring in produced some shoots.....I was so excited.  Now it is growing brilliantly.

I also bought £1.89 roses from Aldi, not reduced but still cheap, they have grown well although there are no flower buds yet.

So, bargains galore and the borders have cost me far less than a landscape gardener would have charged 

22/05/2014 at 21:37

When is a bargain not a bargain?  

When you keep buying from Aldi, Morrisons, GC's and the rest and then can't find anywhere to put them!

Still keep going back and we have less lawn now

22/05/2014 at 21:40

Got 2 small, poorly poppies £1.50 each at B&Q, a white one and a pink one, can't remember names (royalty or anniversary type names). Will be nice next year. However, they need some careful planning where they will go once they get to full size.

22/05/2014 at 21:46

Lesley, I don't know any good gardener who doesn't have a whole load of things in pots, sitting on the patio, or near the greenhouse, or in the greenhouse, or next to the back door that they bought cos they liked them, or they were going cheap, but at the moment, there just doesn't seem to be anywhere to put them.  I have things that probably won't get planted for over a year.  I have trees that haven't been planted for two or three years, currently in big tubs, waiting for a space to appear.  I have badly designed beds, full of plants that need attention, are rambling over each other, bullying and pushing each other, because they all went in wherever I could squeeze them, instead of going somewhere worthwhile.  I am hoping that in the next year I will be able to make sense of it all by moving them. 

22/05/2014 at 21:50

I was told last night I had enough plants!!!!!  Needless to say the comment didn't come form a gardener, just the lawn-keeper and occasional under-gardener  He just doesn't understand 

I was actually VERY  good today and drove past the local GC, even though I could hear bargains in the corner calling me to give them a good caring home 

22/05/2014 at 22:02

BB2...Three roses for £12.  Where I live, the local GC's.  You will dish oyt at least £12 for a single rose.

Plants at B&Q.  It really breaks my heart when I visit my local B&Q  So many plants and shrubs dying through lack of watering and basic care.  Like many others.  I will sometimes pick up a sad looking specimen, yes it's been reduced.  I remember well.  One day I was in the queue to pay.  Some chap, quite jovially says to me.  Should have gone to Spec Savers mate.  I looked at him an grinned.  Well he continued.  That plant has seen better days.  I glanced at the plant along witha few others.  My friend, I totally agree with you, yes it does look sorry for it'self.  However,  if you'd care to pop around to my place in say two weeks.  You will be amazed.  Each of these plants will be looking good plus, I hope to have at least four to six of each.  We both smiled, paid up and went our seperate ways.

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