Posted: 04/10/2013 at 08:24
Speak for yourself I only buy such offers if they're for plants I'm looking for anyway. I took advantage of the recent perennial plugs offer as they're just what I'll need for the new border next spring. I've not taken up any of the others as they're not what I need.
I also take into account the fuel I would use if I had to drive somewhere that I don't usually go to fetch them. I'm a bit picky about specific varieties - I think most of us on here are - and you don't get the more unusual plants just anywhere.
As for the plants in supermarkets etc, I've frequently seen good bedding plants newly on display, but after they've been either in the bright sunshine and unwatered for a week, or in a shady corner and drenched with water every day, none of them are worth bothering with.
Tender bedding plants are frequently in the supermarkets much too early and I've known people buy them 'because they're there' and plant them out and lose the lot to frost and not understand why, and go back and buy some more! The supermarkets rely on it!