What's your latest garden buy/ bargain.....share please.


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:wideyed: Oooh!! What is the yellow variety of tomato on the bottom of the top picture? They look like a bunch of grapes, and for some reason, that makes me very happy! (y)

Also, I know I am supposed to be looking at the seed packs, but what a pretty tablecloth!! Love those colors! :love:
Haha! My late mother-in-law would never forget/forgive me for this choice. That was the only time when we went shopping together and who would have blame her:eek::LOL:. She wanted to sew the settee cover and armchair covers for us. We went round and round to choose this material. She prefer Chintz stuff. But I preferred dark colours as they wouldn't show up dirt easily. I refused to be enslaved by any materials which would show up dirt. So she was very disappointed that I should choose this colour. With extra material, she made this table cloth x 2 . I must say the quality shows as it is nearly 22 years old.

The grapes are Lidi with Incredible cropping power! I hope so. Ex went out for a walk with son and so now I have my free time.
 
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These 2 pittostrums, one Golf Ball and the other Hole In One , were so far gone the local nursery were giving them away. Once I started trimming off the dead twigs they started lending themselves to the good old clouding effect so I've gone with that. These 2 only grow to 80cm, about 2 ft I think, so they should look effective in pots. Lucky day:)
 

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View attachment 45958 These 2 pittostrums, one Golf Ball and the other Hole In One , were so far gone the local nursery were giving them away. Once I started trimming off the dead twigs they started lending themselves to the good old clouding effect so I've gone with that. These 2 only grow to 80cm, about 2 ft I think, so they should look effective in pots. Lucky day:)
Yes, they look so robust. I clicked to enlarge it and you're very lucky to have got such healthy plants. I think GC just doesn't want to hang onto them as they need watering and what not. Bargain and ideal long-term investment and great assets to your garden. I can see the cloud effect from the pics. Here in Garden Rescue, Charlie Dimmock frame it with a moon shape. Similar to this! So much drama! You can use a metal ring ..

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That does look impressive alp. We are going back to Kuala Lumpur for this Christmas to be with our son and daughter in law and there's a lot of clouding going on there :) . I was inspired on my firsr visit so I'm sure I will be again.
 

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That does look impressive alp. We are going back to Kuala Lumpur for this Christmas to be with our son and daughter in law and there's a lot of clouding going on there :) . I was inspired on my firsr visit so I'm sure I will be again.
You can fashion those bargain. I have one pyramid and now I want to turn another into a ball. If I go to gc again, I might get the cheaper one and turn it into a cloud. I wish I had nurseries which would give away stuff. Here, it's more like you throw away their unwanted dying plants. Have a good time in Kuala Lumpur. Love their noodles.
 
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I love their noodles too alp. I do find the heat on KL a bit exhausting bit I know what to expect this time. My sons' in- laws have a big tropical garden and I am looking forward to our stay there.
 

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I love their noodles too alp. I do find the heat on KL a bit exhausting bit I know what to expect this time. My sons' in- laws have a big tropical garden and I am looking forward to our stay there.
Yes, @DeborahJane I love the nutty flavour of this noodle and I want to get a recipe to make one for my son or vice versa. The latter is better, of course. You know, when I was going round gcs, I kept thinking about your cloud effect and was dithering whether to go back and bought one £6.50 boxus to shape into clouds. I have now decided to use one that we already have bought. It was supposed to be a pyramid; but as I have already have one pyramid, I will change the other one into a cloud. Son said he would have a go. The cloud trees are now very popular .. we see them everywhere with a £200 or £150 price tag. Do upload some of your lovely pictures on the forum please. You know I am nosy! :LOL::ROFLMAO:
 

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Niwaki 庭木

Here is an interesting video

I wish I had not removed my yew tree now!:banghead::inpain:

Was thinking of stretching it, but it was like 40 years old and very stiff and tall.

My pathetic attempt

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How fascinating alp.
I can't wait till daylight to check out the potential to "nikawi" a tree in my garden . There really is no end to creating in the garden is there? What are your clouds....box? Looking good
 

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I think yours have a lot of potential for niwaki. You could google and find something that you like. I'm going to do another boxus and I have taken plenty of cuttings. See your variegated Pisttoporum can be fashioned like this beauty

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Just thinking of it is exciting.
 
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We ordered these four bare root roses from T&M for the patio, to replace some which will be relegated to further down the garden or to tubs along the fence to the side of the drive.

We'll also be getting forty large snowdrop bulbs, free.... .well we are now, after a bit of a skirmish.

"Four new award winning varieties which have been selected for their disease resistance, fragrance and suitability for use as cut flowers. The Rose 'Timeless'Collection are also perfect for growing in borders or tubs on the patio where they will exude a heady perfume from bud burst to petal fall. Each variety of these beatutiful roses has been specially chosen to compliment the others as a display in a rose garden or patio group but they also look absolutely wonderful when planted individually. Height and Spread 100cm (39")"

We'll reserve judgement aboout that. But the four were only thirty quid.





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I live in abject poverty and I only paid £2 for my roses and they having been flowering for 2 months

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I place it next to my patio door so that every time I walk by, I can enjoy the perfume.

This Pink to white one cost me £2 and is called Remember me.
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I am taking cuttings as well. In the Beechgrove Garden, George Anderson shows us how to take rose cuttings. Very good advice.
 
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I live in abject poverty and I only paid £2 for my roses and they having been flowering for 2 months

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I place it next to my patio door so that every time I walk by, I can enjoy the perfume.

This Pink to white one cost me £2 and is called Remember me.View attachment 46209 View attachment 46210

I am taking cuttings as well. In the Beechgrove Garden, George Anderson shows us how to take rose cuttings. Very good advice.
Beautiful roses alp, the Remember Me is an amazing colour, really lovely
 
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I remember this old meat mincer as a child. My Mum made many a Shepherds Pie using this screwed on to the kitchen table using the leftover roast lamb. I've had it outside my kitchen window screwed onto a serving shelf as a keepsake for years. All of a sudden this occurred to me. I know it has a shallow depth and with it being metal will heat up but I'm hoping it will work. It's a bargain as it didn't cost a cent and a bonus because of the sentimental value:love:
 

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Beautiful roses alp, the Remember Me is an amazing colour, really lovely
Thank you. I felt cheated when I saw pink flower and then I read the instruction and it says the flowers will start off pink and change to white. For £2, I have every reason to be smug!
 

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View attachment 46251 I remember this old meat mincer as a child. My Mum made many a Shepherds Pie using this screwed on to the kitchen table using the leftover roast lamb. I've had it outside my kitchen window screwed onto a serving shelf as a keepsake for years. All of a sudden this occurred to me. I know it has a shallow depth and with it being metal will heat up but I'm hoping it will work. It's a bargain as it didn't cost a cent and a bonus because of the sentimental value:love:
That's a good idea. And it looks good. You can even add some hair to the houseleek. :D
 
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With my garden now at a point where I can start planting I've bought these two young Hollies (Ilex).

Ilex 'Golden Milkboy' male.
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Ilex 'Handsworth New Silver' female.
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