Posted: 21/03/2013 at 19:09
I tried it with a local nursery. I bought over £100-worth of rhododendrons and azaleas 10 years ago. Most flourished - one did not. I went back (about 12 months after the purchase - but with photos of the established rhodo/azalea bed that I had created) and the manager blamed me. Said I didn't know how to look after the plants.
I walked out in high dudgeon, and haven't been back since. My tale has been oft repeated locally, so they did themselves no favours.
Just to prove the point, I dug up the failed plant, and in the same planting hole I put a rescue plant (another rohododendron) from a local garden centre. It has thrived, and has caught up with all the others that had been planted. I'm looking forward to its blooming again this spring (if we ever have one, that is!). The buds on it are looking promising at least.