Thursday, April 4

Prize Delivery

Some of you may recall that back in November I took part in a competition held by Spalding Bulbs. The brief was to select five types of bulbs from their spring collection to create a display in a container. I didn't win (Liz from Losing the Plot was the winner) but I was awarded a runners' up prize. The prize was £25 to spend at Spalding Bulbs.

I decided to gift my prize to my sister. After much procrastination and mind changing I sent off our list:
This week the order arrived and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the plants. (You may remember I was a bit disappointed with the apple tree that I was sent to review). It was much smaller than I expected.


The plants were well packed with all but the aquilegias supplied in pots.
The cape marguerites or osteospernums where the most advanced plants.
The asters were just beginning to produce shoots.
I suppose we could have planted the aquilegias straight into the ground but we decided to bed them in gently - especially taking into account the weather and ground conditions - and they have been potted up. All the plants will spend a little time in our cold greenhouse before eventually being planted in my sister's garden either in the borders or in containers.
Hope she likes them!



Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

14 comments:

  1. I've just asked Spalding if I can still claim my runners up prize! I was meant to get back to them sooner. Asters could well be on my list too! :) They look like they're all good quality plants that they sent you. Very nice of you to give them away.

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    1. I'm sure you will be able to Anna as I was late sending in my list - I asked if I had to do it quickly and was told no. Did you email a guy called Liam 'cos if you have he has left. When I didn't get a response I emailed someone called David..

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  2. What a lovely sister you are gifting your prize like that. They look good quality plants, they should do well.

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  3. What a lovely sister,I would be chuffed if my sister gave me a gift like that.

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    1. I still get to enjoy them too Flowerlady

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  4. The plants look in great condition and not bad for "a runners up" prize. I joined Spalding bulbs ages ago, I've got to say I'm not impressed with them but its probably me not understanding their communication methods on the web etc.

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    1. I don't think their website is particularly good Rooko. I felt when I reviewed the apple tree that there was important information missing.

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  5. The plants look good and healthy especially the cap margaruites. Always a nice feeling to get a package delivery too!

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    1. It is isn't it Kelli. A package arrived today too but unfortunately it was for a neighbour!

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  6. Congratulations on winning the prize, even if it wasn't First Prize. How generous of you to give the plants to your sister! Does she live nearby? (and does she have a blog??)

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    1. No she doesn't have a blog Mark but she is about a 15-20 minute drive from me. I go visit at least twice a week so I will get lots of benefit from her having the plants too.

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  7. I still haven't received mine :( Will have to e-mail them again.

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