Posted: 25/02/2014 at 00:22
I was at Wisley Garden the other day, with the intention of seeing the butterflies in the glasshouse. The queues were so long, we gave it a miss. Outside of the glasshouse the air was filled with such an intoxicating fragrance.. The provider of the fragrance. Sarcocca confusa. Sweet Box. At the gift shop on the way out. There were many 2Lt. pots of this shrub. Cost. 12.99 each. I wanted half a dozen. Two each for myself and my two daughters. However we returned home without the plants. Contacting Wisley I was told that no delivery, outside the local area was available. No discount etc. Checking on-line. Plants Wholesale do the same item. 5.99
Today also. I picked up four x 100 Ltr. Bales of. JA Bowers general purpose compost. This is usually sold at Makro's for 6.99 plus VAT They are knocking it out at two bales for six quid plus VAT. I wanted twenty bales, how about delivery? Sorry we don't deliver. However there is a local man with van, who could deliver for thirty pounds. No thank you!
A word in favour of JAB compost. I have tried several popular brands. B&Q I found it was like floor sweepings, plus it is dangerous from the fact that I found, at times, painfully. Steel brush bristles or whatever. JAB. I use a lot. It's time many of my container plants had a change of compost. It is really a good compact product. To be on the safe side for plants that prefer a bit of chalk, then it's no problem to add the odd handful to the mix. For the shall we say larger plants. I will use a bag of farmyard manure mix it up well, and pot up. On it's own. The consistancy of it is suitable for mulching with and bulking up the garden in general. Spent/exchanged soil fom pots/containers go onto the garden.