I picked up these begonia plants from a local Tesco a couple of weeks ago. 12 plants for 40p! Though admittedly, at the time they did not look like the begonias in the photo, they looked dried up and flowerless and almost dead. Goes to show what a bit of tender loving care can do to even the most bedraggled plants.
I don’t know why they don’t take better care of the plants they are selling in some of these shops. Several years ago I bought a fuchsia for 25p on a reduced stand. It didn’t look like it would make it and now it’s fully hardy and creates a cascade of flowers every summer.
I don’t have a lot of money to spare for expensive plants, especially the annuals that will die after the season. So now I always look out for the forgotten specimens, maybe the occasional one won’t make it, but they nearly always do.
This week I bought 2 trays of violas and 1 of marigolds from the sale stand – 18 plants for 90p. I have picked off all the decaying material and deadheaded the flowers, gave them a good watering and placed them on the kitchen windowsill. In a week or so when they’re stronger I will acclimatise them to the outdoors, and they will be as good as new, maybe even stronger than the ones which didn’t have to fight for their lives. 🙂