A Bit of Retail Therapy.

Having got my gardening mojo back at last, I felt the need of a bit of retail therapy!  I took myself off to my local garden centre, Otter Nurseries, to see what they had on offer and found lots of goodies to tempt me, in fact I was spoilt for choice.

This is what came home with me, a gorgeous camellia, 2 lovely hellebores and 3 very pretty hybrid primroses.

Hopefully the camellia, which I will plant next to the pink one, will carry on flowering when the pink one stops.

It has such a beautiful flower and also has lots of buds to follow on. This will be planted at the back of the meconopsis bed in the corner of the back garden. Since the 2 cotoneaster bushes died we are now rather exposed to next door!

This hellebore also has beautiful leaves with a silvery pattern.

These two hellebores will be planted in the woodland to keep the snowdrops company.

The hybrid primroses were such a pretty shade of pink, they were too hard to resist, they had to come home with me.

They will be planted on the semi shaded side of the rockery by the alpine bed.

My new years resolution, even though it is a month late, will be that I must plant all my plants straight away and not leave them for a year in their pots,  before they get in the ground! I didn’t get round to planting any last year, so there is lots to do!

Now 2 days later, I can report that all these plants have been planted, I now just have all the rest to tackle. It will have to be when the weather warms up a bit as it is freezing all day long at the moment and it wouldn’t be fair to put the  plants into freezing soil – well we wouldn’t like it would we?

 

 

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20 Responses to A Bit of Retail Therapy.

  1. snowbird says:

    Oh I say, some simply heavenly choices here. Glad to hear you have your gardening mojo back and managed to get those gorgeous plants in the ground. I’m looking forward to a little plant retail therapy too.xxx

  2. Ian Lumsden says:

    I could and do run out of money when I visit the winter gardens with their hellebores that are just that bit better than my own varieties. Dark days require retail therapy and better value than clothes, or so I tell my wife.

    • Pauline says:

      Everything is so tempting isn’t it Ian, at this time of year. Since planting the hellebores, they haven’t liked our frosts so I hope they are ok. I’d much rather shop for the garden than for clothes!

  3. Frank says:

    I bought that same red hellebore last year, I hope it looks as nice this spring when it returns!
    You’ve made an excellent resolution. I’m ashamed to admit how many times I have left potted plants waiting for far too long. It’s not an easy life when I’m always forgetting to water them and they’re already wishing they were back in a greenhouse rather than sitting alongside the driveway.
    Hope you get a warm up coming your way!

    • Pauline says:

      My hellebores aren’t enjoying the frosts that we are having each night at the moment Frank, they are collapsed each morning until they warm up a bit. I had to do something about all the pots I have around the place. They had all been placed where I intended to plant them, I think that was my mistake, if I’d left them outside the back door where I would fall over them, I’m sure something would have been done before now!

  4. Denise says:

    You have been busy Pauline and such lovely plants, I love the Hellebores. I will have to wait another couple of months before I can do any plant retail therapy! Still, I have started sowing seeds which is something. We should maybe form a new club for those of us who prefer shopping for plants as oppose to clothes!

    • Pauline says:

      All planted now Denise, I just have to plant all the others that have been sitting here for a year! Your seed sowing puts me to shame, one day I’ll catch up. As for shoppong, I’d much rather plant shop, but my local garden centre sells clothes which are fine for everyday!

  5. Christina says:

    You chose very well. I am so happy you are feeling positive about your garden. A little retail therapy now and then is a very good thing!

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Christina, there was so much choice, I could have bought so much more! It is good to get back out into the garden once more, full of enthusiasm for the coming year. I have so many plans whirling around my head, but must catch up on all the pots waiting to be planted first.

  6. Chloris says:

    There’s nothing like a bit of plant buying to cheer you up and what beauties you found. Are the primroses ‘Wodland Walk’

    • Pauline says:

      I agree Chloris, I spent a long time choosing my plants, there were so many varieties to choose from. Yes, the primroses are Delia Woodland Walk, such a pretty variety.

  7. Sally says:

    That’s my kind of retail therapy! I’m a sucker for Hellbores and Cyclamen. The Cyclamen is just the right color pink. Best of luck planting. The fun part for me is choosing where to plant each one.

    • Pauline says:

      Absolutely! I agree totally Sally, plant buying is just the best! The deep pink Hellebores is called Charmer and the pale pink one Pink Frost, already they look lovely planted with the snowdrops in the woodland. Weather is freezing today so I think I’ll wait until tomorrow when it should be a little warmer, before tackling any more planting.

  8. Jason says:

    Good for you, getting your new plants right into the soil. That’s a sweet-looking camellia. I’ve been doing some retail therapy myself, though it had to be online.

    • Pauline says:

      We have been promised rain for the next few days Jason, so that will save me watering the new plants. There were so many beautiful camellias to choose from, I really was spoilt for choice. I too have been shopping on line, for 4 ground cover roses, 1 pale pink, one white, one deep pink and one yellow. I thought they would provide much needed colour for the summer months on the rockery as well as supress the weeds.

  9. Peter says:

    It’s impressive that you got your new plants in the ground already! Some fabulous new additions to your garden!

    • Pauline says:

      We suddenly had a warmer few days Peter, so I thought it was a window of opportunity. The ground wasn’t frozen so in the plants went, finished off with a nice leaf mould mulch in case it turns frosty again. Glad you like my nrw plants, I’m rather pleased with them!

  10. Cathy says:

    I love that Camellia. Glad you can get started in the garden already. Have fun planting!

    • Pauline says:

      I do too Cathy! I now have 4 ground cover rose bushes to plant, they arrived by post yesterday, all I need now is for the rain to stop, then I can get planting them. At least the soil will now be nice and moist.

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