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June 22, 2011
Dwarf Pink

Say hello to my latest garden additions, starting with this dwarf pink!

Dwarf Pink

I found it at our local DIY store in the clearance section, feeling mightily sorry for itself and begging to be rescued. And it wasn’t alone… look what else I found!

Mystery plant

I completely forget what this one is called, but it doesn’t matter as I love it just the same.

I also love the clearance section of these places because not only do I grab a bargain (the entire lot – 6 plants in all – cost me no more than £8) but I also get to give something a chance at life that would just die away otherwise. Since they came home with me they have been outside enjoying a spot of sunshine mixed with a lot of rain and they are ready to be planted into the ground now.

Green plant growing ready to flower later on

Buying from the clearance section is always a gamble… some things just won’t survive or flourish to their maximum. But, I have found that plants are much hardier than we often give them credit for, and I expect several of these buys will grow quite spectacularly over the coming years.

Little conifer plant

This little conifer, for example, is supposed to be able to grow to a height of about 10m or 30ft. Now, I’m not going to let it do that as our garden is nowhere near big enough to sustain that! But I will be hoping it has a chance to grow a little bit bigger once it is given the space.


I’m not so sure these dwarf french beans have much of a chance, but I’m all for giving them a go. I’ll keep you updated on their progress, so send some positive thinking their way, won’t you?

Have a lovely day and don’t forget to check out the clearance section at your own local DIY or garden centre to see what bargains you can find and what plants you can rescue!


  • Reply
    June 22, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Hi, and thanks for leaving the great comment on my blog.
    Like you, I tend to go to the certain DIY store and look at their clearance shelves for plants at the end of the season. I have had some great bargains… last year, a hanging basket, the last one, for two pounds, and it flowered it’s little socks off all summer long and would have (note, not ‘would of’!!!) cost so much more had I bought the plants individually.
    We seem to have a lot in common, so if it’s all right with you, I will follow…. really like your down to earth blog, if you don’t mind me calling it that. It’s just that some you come across are so full of hoppity skippity-ness (this will get you going as a linguistic expert, my making up of words!), the owners/writers so full of themselves with their perfect lives, that they are boring to read really, no substance. Mind you, I can be as flippant and silly as the rest, at times.

  • Reply
    June 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    It´s always fun to at least try and see if it will survive – plants are stronger than one thinks (especially the ones who survives in my garden, haha)! 🙂

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