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I went in to B&Q in Livingston today and they were selling trays with 24 pansies or violas for only 50p. I poked out a couple of plants to check that the roots were not rotten before purchasing enough to replace the bedding begonias outside the kitchen window. I also got 2 trays of cyclamen, one had 3 plants in it, the other 4 and they were only 50p per tray. The garden assistant told me because of the wet weather this year people have not been buying plants. It must be heart breaking for the growers seeing their work being sold at rock bottom prices but I will look forward to a great display over the winter. I could not take any photos because it was pouring with rain by the time we got home so they are still in the boot.
Friday 28th update. I am planting as fast as I can but thought you might like to see the lovely roots on the plants I bought. The plants have been sorely battered by the wind and rain so I’m planting them up in fresh compost and dead heading them including all the buds to give them a chance. The root on the plant at the back is starting to show signs of being root bound but is not a problem as I just tease them out to encourage them to grow outwards.

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I feel sorry for the people conserned. It must be difficult for them. The weather has a lot to answer for.
I hope your plants will give you much pleasure over the winter. Maybe it will be better than the summer was ...

27 Sep, 2012


I know its hard for them but good for us as we can pick up a bargain, shame we haven`t got a B&Q here it would have been worth a visit....

27 Sep, 2012


Well done, Scotsgran. Let's hope they all thrive!

27 Sep, 2012


Its a vicious circle Hywel and Linclass. If the shop don't at least sell all the plants they bought in they won't be buying as many next year. The growers will lose out on orders but we will lose out too because the plants that are available will be more expensive or none will be available for sale. Thanks Mel. I am usually successful with winter flowering pansies and these seem to be perfect. I always buy plants which are already flowering because they will then continue to flower over the winter. If the seedlings are too young to be flowering now they won't flower till the spring and by then other flowers are providing colour around the garden. You also hit a snag that as the weather gets warmer the pansies need to be dead headed or they will go to seed. I've been potting some up this afternoon and the scent was lovely.

27 Sep, 2012

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