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    Default Naffed Off with Garden Centres

    Am I just being a scrooge or are all the garden centres suddenly morphing into Santa's Blooming Grotto??? I absolutely adore Christmas and go Christmas potty from 1st December onwards but don't they realise I still need to get onions, garlic, broad bean seeds, and other such 'gardening-related' items and I don't need fluffy moving polar bears, directional signs for Santa, church candles smelling of mulled wine and several million baubles!

    Phew, rant over...may as well start my Christmas list then. A shed, a subscription to GYO, Tender by Nigel Slater, a waterproof gardening jacket, diamond earrings
    RtB x

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    Me too, I like garden centres to be for gardening. Not department stores.

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    All the big garden centres are the same, more gift centres/restaurants nowadays & from October onwards you have to fight your way past the tinsel to get in! We have Bents not far from us which wins awards for it's Christmas displays & restaurant, not sure if it's ever won anything for it's plants though!
    Into every life a little rain must fall.

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    I need to go to a garden centre at some point this week to buy a plastic greenhouse and a cloche, what do you think my chances are of being able to buy either?

    I went to my local Wyevale a couple of weeks ago to buy some seeds and they hadn't got a single seed in the place, they'd emptied it all to put the christmas stuff in.
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    If all else fails send Santa a letter

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    I love my local nursery - unfortunately for some reason they told me they weren't buying any garlic or overwintering onion sets this year.


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    Robin, I agree with every word you say. They are also getting ludicrously expensive. When I first started gardening they sold plants, tools, seeds and potting compost, if you wanted a posh coffee and a slice of carrot cake you had to get it elsewhere. The one we use now frequently has coach parties from the local OAP's homes. I don't mind them getting out for the day, and it is set in some rather lovely formal gardens, but it seems that it's becoming less of a garden centre and more of a tourist destination every time we go. It does have a children's farm attached though, and I'm as guilty as anyone of dragging my grandson to that.
    Into each life some rain must fall........but this is getting ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    I need to go to a garden centre at some point this week to buy a plastic greenhouse and a cloche, what do you think my chances are of being able to buy either?

    I went to my local Wyevale a couple of weeks ago to buy some seeds and they hadn't got a single seed in the place, they'd emptied it all to put the christmas stuff in.
    Usually our local garden centre has a whole 'industrial shed' allocated to seeds and now...three 1m shelving racks!! Hence the lack of broad beans. Surely broadies are a common veg to grow this side of Christmas??

    I know that there are lots of online options but isn't it nice to go and rummage, feel the seed packets and pick out the nicest onion sets

    Yesterday's visit to the garden centre resulted in me inhaling all manner of stinky substances - when I investigated a bit further it was....fake bl**dy snow. ARGH
    RtB x

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