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My best buy this year

03 October 2017 01:13:14

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What with the building project taking up the last six weeks - and now nearing completion thanl goodness - I was taken by surprise by the arrival of October - Well I was until I stepped outside this morning into a bitter wind! The wooly hat has replaced the summer kerchief, the warmer gardening jacket has come out of retirement and I even got a little bit of restitution commenced on the borders affected by the building.

So I thought I'd start a new theme - what was your best buy this year for the garden?

Mine has definitely proved to be this rose "Just Joey" picked up in a very bedraggled state for the princely sum of €2.99. It was covered with mildew but it had a few buds when I bought it. It is an old favourite of mine but when the first buds opened I was very disappointed as they were very misshapen and not at all pretty.

However I decided to see how it would react to a dose of my new Worm Fertilizer. (The wormery is still limping along - not doing much in the upper stories but producing a good bit of liquid fertilizer. I dilute it 1 to 4 ) I have been pleasantly surprised with the results of this fertilizer on other plants and so I gave Joey a good watering with it. That stuff is magical! The mildew disappeared, the misshapen leaves seemed to straighten out and best of all these lovely blooms reminded me why "Just Joey" was on my wish list!

For €2.99!!!! Definitely my best buy this year!

So what was your best buy?

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Jackie Jackie 03 October 2017 08:00:38

That is a little beauty. Definitely know Octibet had arrived!! Mild here but very windy yesterday. 

My Best Buy? Oh I'll need to think about that as I have so many favourites. My overall Best Buy, but not this year, has to be my Tree Fern. Absolutely love it and it's doing so well now. 

fraoch fraoch 03 October 2017 13:43:55

Beautiful Rose, Hazel, and great it responded so well to the worm liquid. My best buy was the container I got for nothing!

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 03 October 2017 17:30:45

Think my Best Buy was my polycarbon green house . A little more expensive but a joy !

JoanG JoanG 03 October 2017 21:47:36

A gorgeous rose and looking so healthy now; you could market your worm fertiliser with those photos Hazel, well done!  I haven't bought much this year, so I'll have to think about my best buy. 

TerriShoos TerriShoos 04 October 2017 10:49:44

My best buy wasn't a plant at all - it was the special offer at the builder's merchant of a shovel, wheelbarrow and yard broom. Between the house-painting and power-washed flaky bits, to the barrowing of stuff for the new garden, they've all been worth their weight in gold - and there are now his n hers barrows! As good as two loos!

Scrubber Scrubber 04 October 2017 13:47:01

My best buys can all be lumped under Ironwork! Seven beautiful Obelisks One lovely Arch and a small inviting gate! It was a considerable lay out of funds but they are beautifully made, were relatively inexpensive and have added wonderful height and presence to the areas they grace!!!! 'Age shall not wither them nor the years condemn' and they will be there long after I take up harp lessons!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 04 October 2017 15:03:03

Its great to see the many and varied things that made a difference to each of us this year! And how interesting that people give themselves permission to buy the tools and equipment that make out gardening easier! I've been working with a broom with a loose handle for two years now and I am so glad that it didn't survive the builders so I can allow myself to buy a new one!!!!


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