It was such a lovely Sunday last weekend, I wanted to go out and do something. I found an advert for the Aspley Guise Open Gardens, where some of the village allow the public to visit their gardens and there are plant and cake stalls in the village hall. I thought this would be great for gathering planting ideas for when my raised beds are finished. So off I went.
When I got to Aspley Guise Village hall I thought it was a bit quiet, then as I went in I saw a poster for the event and low and behold I’m a whole week early – oops. I’d even dragged my mum along with the promise of a slice of cake.
So as we were over that way we decided to pop along and see if there was any bargains at Frosts and Wyevale which are only about five minutes down the road.
Frosts, Woburn Sands
When I walked outside at frosts I was struck by the displays and all the bright colours of the bedding plants, but I don’t need any of these at the moment and I tend to save money by growing these from seed. So we headed to the bargain corner.
There were a few odds and ends in there starting from £1. After a phone call to my green fingered sister we confirmed which ones were hardy perennials and I brought a Veronica Inspire and Phlox Scarlet Flame totalling £3.
We had a good wander round the plants as my mum was looking for some ferns. I really liked their Alpine section that had such a variety of colours, shapes and textures this is defiantly something I might look at doing for stage 2 of my garden next year adding an alpine bed.
I also looked at the displays they had for inspiration of what colours and varieties of plants look good with each other for the raised beds which I’m hoping to start planting in the next couple of weeks.
We were on our way to pay when I saw these two really striking, beautiful plants which mum told me are Canna Lilies. These are really eye-catching and although they are not frost hardy my sister informed me that (according to Gardeners World) you can grow them from seed. So I will defiantly be trying to grow some of these and treating them like annuals as I don’t have the space to take them inside each winter.
As Wyevale is just across the road we decided to visit there too.
The inside of Wyevale Garden Centre has such a variety of items, from the things you would expect: BBQs, garden furniture and house plants to a large amount of general clothing. They had some lovely house furniture as well as crockery and gift ideas.
This garden centre also has Maidenhead Aquatics Fish shop inside it as well.
I was not as impressed by Wyevale plants, it does not have as much variety and the displays unfortunately did not rival Frosts.
Though their bargain corner had some different varieties so I picked up Gentiana Verna Angulosa (a little blue ground cover plant) and Argyranthemum Merlot and Ivory, spent a grand total of £3.
This Wyevales had more annual plants than perennials, however they did have a lot more on offer dotted all around the garden centre so if your after some bargains worth a look around.
Here are my purchases: