Thursday 21 July 2016

Right Place, Right Time

I was in Manchester with Mum yesterday, one of our lovely 'ladies who lunch' days together.  We went to our most frequently frequented place her local Wyevale Garden Centre, well I mean what's not to love there, there are plants, vegetables, pretty things to look at, posh food to drool over and a restaurant with top quality well prepared food.

And the brilliant thing was as we walked in to head straight for our lunch and a cup of coffee, there was a table right by the door full of absolute 'reduced to clear' bargains.  At first we just quickly scanned the goods and I said  "if LH was here he would be buying the lot", and then we looked properly ... and I went and got us a trolley.

We both got these ... I got two .... well it would have been daft not to, reduced from £19.99 to £2.  It was a real no brainer.

I also bought two of these.  I got one last year in the same sale and the tomatoes in it are doing brilliantly in the polytunnel at the moment.  These will be saved for next year, as will all our purchases.

I also got a Sunflower in a ceramic pot, the pot alone would cost more than the £1 purchase price, as would the herb seeds in terracotta pots, which were just 50p each.

And a brilliant purchase, and something I've resisted buying up to now, I have managed with my oven gloves or tea towels to fish out the jars when I'm having a bottling session.  Now at last,  I have the right tool for the job, and it only cost me £2.09.

I worked it out on my calculator that I spent £10.59 ... but I got £81.91 worth of goodies.  Wow, I wouldn't have dreamt of paying that much for these items .... some folk must though!!  How nice that for once we were in the right place at the right time ... oh and we had a lovely lunch and a catch up of family news too, before going back to Mum's lovely little bungalow and doing a spot of gardening with Suky watching on and entertaining the neighbours. 

Lovely Hubby is on his way home from work tonight and we have lots to keep us busy over the weekend, but all these purchases will be safely stored until next year.   Although I am going to open everything and take the compost out, storing it from last year meant it dried out too much, and I guess it would have lost it's nutrients.  I did use it and added it to some fresh stuff, but it will be far better to use this new compost now and use fresh with the seeds from the packs next year.

Sue xx


  1. Great stuff! Would like to try the tomatoes myself.

  2. Wow!! You did indeed get some bargains.

  3. Don't you just love it when your are in the right place at the right time. Great finds.

  4. We really do feel so good when we get a bargain don't we? Well done you!

  5. Wow! Some great bargains there. Will you just scatter the wild flower seeds or plant them up in the greenhouse/poly-tunnel?
    I envy you your lovely day with your Mum - lunching out together and spending wonderful 'together-time' time browsing in the Garden Centre; I wish I could do the same.

  6. Well done, fantastic bargains.

  7. Amazing bargains! I will have to pop to my local branch and see if there is anything similar

  8. So Lucky.
    I always wondered about keeping and using older seeds. Then I read where yes you can and possible lose about 20% of the seeds. I planted some two year old seeds and they grew.
    Should you freeze them to keep better ?

    Love this post today.
    cheers, parsnip

  9. Fantastic bargains, well done.

  10. Love a bargain like this! I'm terrible when I see somethign knocked down so much!

  11. Wow, you got some fantastic deals. I particularly love the wild flower planters and the jam jar tongs. Well done.

  12. Bargains each and every one of your finds. You did awesome.

    God bless.

  13. It's a great buzz when you find bargains like that. Oh I do love a bargain.


  14. Thanks Sue! After reading your post, I checked out Wyevale Garden Centres in my area, online and found one in Taunton. Came home this afternoon with all the seeds I need for the next two years, two beautiful climbing roses, a fantastic birthday outfit for my mum in law, a pair of gorgeous Ipanema flip flops and an early present for my lovely man, all 50% off. Sadly, we got there a bit late, as the sign on the entrance said the sale and started on June 29th. A lot of things had been 70% off, but we missed those. Really pleased with our purchases though, so again, thanks x


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