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Bulk buying for a very large garden.

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 15:54

When I did the initial planting in this garden I needed several trees, lots of shrubs and lots of hedging plants.

I contacted a local plant wholesaler who officially only deals with professional landscapers etc. I explained what I was doing and & they agreed to do business with me.They sent me a list of their current plant availability &, from that,  I selected what I needed and sent them a list.

They selected the plants for me and delivered them free of charge (it was a big order). I paid promptly by bank transfer. Everybody happy.

I did go along to the site for a chat and a bit of a look round as well but there wasn't much to see - a room in a barn for an office and fields of plants. They would be happy to do business with me again but would really require another bulk order. A wholesaler often has a requirement of a minimum of (say) 10 of each type of plant.

If you are happy to conduct this purchase in a professional manner - as a business transaction - and not expect to go wandering around the site  selecting plants yourself (Health & Safety - lots of heavy machinery, trailing hoses etc) & not expecting any Garden Centre style facilities / labelling etc etc -  then you may well find a local wholesaler who will be happy to supply you.

I reckon the plants I bought were about a fifth to a quarter of the price you would expect to pay in a Garden Centre and about half the price for bulk buying online. Huge savings.

Last edited: 22 July 2017 15:57:02

olive tree shocker

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 13:00

I'm starting to wonder if Wolf2 or Wolf 3 (or whatever number (s)he is) might be one of our old 'friends' who is missing the attention they used to get on the forum. We've had some particularly unpleasant stirrers on here in the past.

It's a shame that some newer members might actually waste their valuable time trying to help this idiot.

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 11:23

Amazing story DD - you are a true Phoenix.

You only bought the place a few weeks ago - I cannot believe how much you've achieved in such a short space of time. Well done you and Charlie and your team of builders & helpers. 

Resurrected Eighteen

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 12:05

..could just fancy a piece of cod... with some chippies.

Afternoon all

Kew Gardens visit, July 2017

Posted: 11/07/2017 at 11:51

Would love to go to the physic garden next year

Bit of a bu$$er that we can't see your photos from yesterday yet

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 11/07/2017 at 09:28


BL - enjoy lunch at DD's place. You could do a nice Trip Advisor review for her

I didn't see the programme about Kieran Williamson last year so I don't know if this was the same one - I got the impression it was a new programme.

This one is called "Mini Monet Millionaire" and showed him painting in the field, setting up for a new exhibition and talking about the new directions he is pursuing in his work. He seems to be doing more with figures and portraiture. I loved his depiction of the Port Isaac crab dressers.

Incredible talent. You'll be able to watch it on iPlayer next week

Kew Gardens visit, July 2017

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 22:44

So pleased you all had a good day - I trust my cake was either chocolate or coffee & walnut

Hope you all make it home safely (some of you have had a really long day).

Really looking forward to seeing some photos - hope the tech problems on the site are fixed tomorrow

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 21:24

Evening - exhausted after watching the Nadal match - some truly excellent tennis. There have been some very good matches so far.

Dove - just watching the local programme which was on tonight about teenage artist Kieran Williamson. Lovely family and very enjoyable programme - maybe on iPlayer if you're interested.

Imagine earning £2 million pounds through painting by the age of 14... 

Resurrected Eighteen

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 08:09

Morning - lovely sunny day here Warm already but chance of thunderstorms later. Garden is very dry again so fingers crossed.

Busy morning ahead starting with mane shearing at 9. Best get a wriggle on

KEW Gardens Visit

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 20:27

That sounds like a long old trip Liri

Hope you and everybody else have a truly "Grand Day Out"

All the East Anglian contingent trips I've been on have been great fun - and it's so good to actually meet people who already feel like old friends.

Have a great time - lunch, coffee and cakes are definitely part of the experience.

(The odd pint of beer / glass of wine / G&T doesn't go amiss either)

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