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Sifting through the bargain bin again....:o)

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Well actually it was the sale shelves at the 2 letter DIY store… Lol. I’d only gone for some wire and vine eyes for the clematis on the garage roof……b u t ….how could I walk past without taking a look what there was on offer.
First I found a pot of Snakeshead Fritillary. There is just one white flower still on but I can put the bulbs in the garden and enjoy them next year…I hadn’t got any in my garden.


Then I spotted a lovely tiny yellow leaved Thyme. I’d wanted one for quite awhile. There wasn’t a sale price on it so I asked an assistant how much it would be and she asked me if £1 would be OK. There’s is nothing wrong with it, it looks very healthy so I said ok….


Then I noticed a selection of plants in a tray for planting in a large container. Had a good sort out and obviously picked out the healthiest…lol
This has a :-
Salvia
Begonia
Bacopa
Geranium
Lobelia
2 Petunias
and an ivy. All nice strong plants.
But would you believe it…you don’t get the 10% discount on goods in the sale….!! Lol
It was nice to come home with these unexpected purchases.

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Now thats what I call shopping!

27 Apr, 2016

 

I think walking past a bargain section is one of the hardest things to do, I have done it many a time but then found myself back there when I've done the rest of my shopping, lol....

27 Apr, 2016

 

Good bathains there Homebird nice to have some thing you already have nt got I shall look forward to seeing them in your garden.

27 Apr, 2016

 

Get them while you can HB not often you get a bargain at these places nowadays, It's a joke some of the prices there charging for plants :/

27 Apr, 2016

 

Vic. The plants in the tray had been marked down from £10. I wouldn't have paid that much. Sooner grow from seed or buy plug plants and grow them on. Still, they were almost giving them away so seemed daft not to relieve them of them.. :o)

27 Apr, 2016

 

Karen and 3D we do like a bargain don't we? I thought the fritillaries were worth getting. At least I know they can flower. The ones I planted in the garden several years ago never came up. No idea what happened to them. The Thyme was very expensive at the GC last week, I was pleased to see this one today. There was only the one.
Lol.. Lincs, it's a magnet to me. I just have to take a look. I must admit it's not very often I see anything that I think I can resuscitate. :o)

27 Apr, 2016

 

You did well in that particular store HB! I think you did get real bargains that will bring a lot of pleasure.
They were almost giving them away.

27 Apr, 2016

 

Thanks Wildrose, I'm pleased I noticed and took a look. :o) There was the usual dead and dying too of course. I hate it when they don't look after their plants properly.

27 Apr, 2016

 

Me too, they get far too many in in the first place, a real waste.

28 Apr, 2016

 

When I see them all piled up dying and dead it really puts me off shopping there. But having said that, I got a few great bargains there much earlier in the year, so its worth a look from time to time.

28 Apr, 2016

 

Well done,Sheila..you were in the right place at the right time..Lol.I'ts not often we go there,these days,unless it's for something boring my OH needs :o)

28 Apr, 2016

 

What a bargain you got there, Homebird! Practically the only place here where you can get a few bargain plants is from Wilko. I comment to my wife on quite a few occasions that it's a crying shame they should bring in so many plants & then not have at least ONE trained employee who can be responsible for keeping them in good condition!

I don't mean just Wilko but other shops like the big supermarkets. We have been to the new Lidl supermarket, that was opened here at the end of November last year, a couple of times & they have some nice plants in there & they seemed to be looked after as well. :-))

28 Apr, 2016

 

Hello Homebird

Do you know I would have left the store with all of those plants too - we live quite close to a Wyevale store and pop in now and again - I picked up a cymbidium orchid from there - I brought it home and sorted it out gave it a good watering and it stood out last summer in the shade - I brought it back into the conservatory before the frosts and it now has rewarded me with 3 spikes - enjoy your bargains - Jane

28 Apr, 2016

 

Oh, well done Jane. It's great how they respond to a little tlc.
It doesn't hurt to take a quick look does it Karen.
Bloomer, lol, I just went to get the wire and eye hooks so T could extend the framework to hold my clematis up. It was lucky I decided to have a look at their climbing rose choice and prices while I was there. Didn't fancy any they had but then noticed the sale shelves. Couldn't walk past without having a look.
Balcony it's so true, a lot of the supermarkets don't seem to bother to water the plants properly. Maybe they are conscious of the water that could be spilled.

28 Apr, 2016

 

Oh well done HB! Don't you just love a bargain? I can never resist having a look at the bargain/sick bench even if I don't need anything it's as if they present a challenge, which is something else I can't resist! You certainly did well with your little lot. :-)

29 Apr, 2016

 

Didn't you do well? it is a crying shame these stores let their p!ants die, they cannot pay much for them in the first place methinks!!
A word re your thyme, they are very difficult to keep through the winter, we must have lost at least 20 different varieties, they are Mediterranean plants as you know, the only way we can keep ours is to put them in large pots with loads of grit, and keep them under cover in the winter, good luck with yours...

30 Apr, 2016

 

The two German stores very often have low-priced plants but I get really cross when I see them dying for lack of water. I think the assistants are kept so busy there just isn't time to see to the plants but it's a shame.
The ones I have bought have rewarded me by blooming healthily and doing really well.

My mother used to dry thyme and sage in the oven and store the herbs away in jars. Does anyone do that now? I don't !

1 May, 2016

 

I have bought so many almost dead plants from HB over the years. A white Buddleia for £1, now about 8' tall and lovely, trays of bedding plants that only needed watering from time to time, and last year's bargain - a chocolate hydrangea for 50p which appeared quite dead but is now looking amazing and around 2' high.
It's a shame in some ways that the store doesn't have any staff training for the garden section, on the other hand what great bargains are to be had.

1 May, 2016

 

They are all very nice plants Homebird.

2 May, 2016

 

Thanks Waddy. Reduced plant shelves are a magnet to us. :o)
Thanks Dd for that advice. I would not have thought to protect the Thyme through the winter. I should make a note to remind me.
Eirlys, I think you are quite right. Usually with a bit of TLC their plants spring back and do grow well. I used to dry herbs and especially mint when I had the aga but haven't since we had to remove it 2 years ago. The kitchen used to smell lovely then.
Ginellie you did really well with your plant rescues. That chocolate Hydrangea was a real bargain. So glad it responded to your TLC.
Thankyou Klahanie.

2 May, 2016

 

We just can't help it, can we? If we're not buying full priced plants, we buy the reduced ones. I've had a few losses but when you only pay 50p for minute pots, as I did recently you take a chance anyway. Who of us is strong willed enough to come home without any plants at all? Not me, that's for sure.

Well done for getting so many good ones, especially the Fritillarias. They're lovely.

4 May, 2016

 

Thanks Arbuthnot, I was pleased to see the Fritillaries. At least there's a good chance they will flower for me next year. The loose bulbs I bought some years ago just disappeared. I wondered if the squirrels had taken them. We had a lot of squirrels at the time. Hardly ever see one nowadays.
I can't resist stopping to take a look at plant stalls in front of peoples houses either. I've found a couple of very nice cheap plant sellers/growers that way.

4 May, 2016

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