Thursday, 6 March 2014

A small confession

We went to the local hardware type store thingamajig thing on Sunday. We needed a few pots & as I was running out of white wool for my little crochet squares Mike said he would buy me some.

They had a sign outside with 30% off plants & seeds half price, as you know I'm supposed to be on a spending ban . Mike looked at my little sad face & relented providing I could be restrained.

I bought these & some seeds only 5 packets mind as I said I was being restrained.
Ta dah, they were 30% off I can't remember how much we paid but I'm sure it was around the £2 mark. I have planted them in the front garden. The Philadelphus by the window as it has a lovely scent or will do if it grows & the Forsythia the other end of the bed.

Rather lovely looking don't you think & as a big thank you to Mike being nice to me I took him & the boy out for lunch.

Ps If you click on the links for the plants it says they are ideal for beginners, a fact I'm hoping to be true as I dug a small hole put in a bit of compost & stuck them in.

Enjoy your day

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  1. It was a bit too much to ask, all that time without any purchases at all. I have a forsythia in my garden, it's gorgeous when it blooms, such a cheery bright yellow.

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    1. I was very well behaved I thought Jo, there were lots of lovely things on offer. It does look very cheerful, I hope it does well I want to cut some for indoors in the future.

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  2. Good for you - that sad face look must have worked a treat.

    I think with forsythia and philadelphus the secret of good flowering is in getting the pruning right.

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    1. I didn't hint though I did say 'Oh that's a shame' with a sad face. I shall have a good look at my pruning book, I've never had shrubs before apart from the ones you just cut down to the base.

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    2. It's not that they are difficult to prune - it's more the timing that needs to be immediately after flowering as both flower on wood produced the previous year, If you don;t prune at all you end up with a bare base and flowers high up on the shrub.

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    3. I can do that I have a dwarf Lilac & that is similar. I've kept that flowering each year.

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  3. I want your seeds will grow so fast and I can enjoy the beauty from far away. So, don't forget, send me the scent ;)

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    1. I shall try my hardest but I doubt it. :)

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  4. Good luck - hope they grow well!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  5. I don't know about the philadelphus ,but the forsythia is easy to care for, just make sure that you do any pruning - more in the way of shaping, removing dead wood etc - immediately after flowering, as it flowers on last years wood, so you won't get any flowers otherwise. Very nice of Mike to treat you and I am sure that overall you still spent less than if you had not been not spending yourself. xx

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    1. Fab I can do that, I'm hoping to cut a few flowering twigs for the house, I've seen that on a couple of blogs lately. No, I definitely paid more for lunch though it was rather nice!

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  6. You must do a very good "sad face". $2 for seeds? How much did lunch cost? I'm sure he didn't complain about that ;) Wendy x (I don't have the "pound" symbol on my computer)

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    1. I do yes, years of experience you see, lunch for three greedy people cost a lot more than what Mike spent on wool, seeds & plants for me. Though it was very nice!

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  7. It would have been a real shame to miss out on a bargain. I hope they do well.

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    1. I hope so, I'm always a tad wary of the pre packed shrubs but at that price I had to give them a try.

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  8. You're lucky to still have a local hardware type store thingamajig! Flighty xx

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    1. I know, it's a fabulous place too.

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  9. He's working very hard to keep in your good books!

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  10. Lovely post Joanne and thank you for sharing David got me forsythia last year it did not have any flowers on it when he brought it home so hoping it will have some this year

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    1. That's lovely, mine had a couple of dried ones at the bottom. It has some leaves on so I'm hopeful, I do hope yours does well this year for you.

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  11. Nice one! I always think that the bargain plants are worth giving a go. It's a great investment if they flourish! I love my £2 twigs from the supermarket and get more satisfaction from growing them into big healthy plants than buying something ready grown.

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    1. Most of my fruit trees have been cheap ones from Aldi so I am holding out a lot of hope for my new shrubs.

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  12. It's so hard to resist a good plant deal! I love Philadelphus, the scent is so lovely! I don't have one in my new garden here, have always in my other gardens, so I shall look out for a good deal on one too now!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog Joanne!
    Gill xx

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    1. It is indeed, I originally wanted a smaller one but couldn't pass up on the price of this one. They do smell lovely I pass one in the lane often. My pleasure.

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  13. I had a mature forsythia bush when I first started gardening. It was beautiful. Unfortunately I cut it at the wrong time of year and killed it. That was a learning curve. Just have a check when to trim it as I wouldn't want the same to happen to anyone else.

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    1. Oh dear that's so sad, I have a dwarf lilac which has a similar pruning need so hopefully I shall be ok with it.

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  14. I like these little bargain plants too. More so than the big fancy ones from the garden centre in fact. I struggle not to buy them when I see them. I think I need to nurture them! and it's so satisfying to see them flourish.

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    1. I rooted through the boxes to see which ones were in leaf. Just for a bit of reassurance that I wasn't buying a twig.

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  15. I also planted forsythia two weeks ago! I love the yellow flowers that appear with the first touch of spring!!!

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    1. It is quite breath taking yellow isn't it, really pops in your face. I hope it does well for you.

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  16. I LOVE Philadelphus, ooooh that fragrance, such bargains too!
    wishing you a beautiful weekend
    love Jooles x x x

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  17. Ooooooh....that's a smashin' deal, they should be lovely!xxx

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    1. I know, I couldn't leave them there!

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  18. I love forsythia!! And I love saying it too!! The only thing that makes me nervous about spring is the budget!! I know I have to keep it under control but it is so hard when it comes to goodies for the garden!!! Can't wait to see these in your space and I am glad you were able to get them!! Lovely weekend to you! Nicole xo

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  19. Joanne; do you know what the word "willpower" means, you naughty girl!?
    I thought you were supposed to be abstaining from buying stuff for 8 weeks or something....?

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