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Garden centre closed down!

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We called in at M…….ons today,with the intention of picking a few bedding plants up,to fill the gaps where I cut the Choisya back..and all gone!..Trolleys filling the space now..
I went inside to ask an assistant if it had been moved,but she said ,because of the awful weather,they had made the decicion to close it..and it won’t be re opening again till maybe early Autumn…
I couldn’t believe it,and all they had were a few sickly looking Pelargoniums inside the store..so sad.how the weather has affected sales so much…she said no one was buying..but maybe the suppliers were struggling too…
I will really miss it..Has anyone elses store done the same ?

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At one garden centre I visited last week, which is usually full of neat tidy plants, there were a great many unsold, overgrown plants.

This is a private GC, not in a supermarket ...

... it was evident that the rain had been pouring down for weeks, and that the expected amount of buyers just hadn't appeared.

14 Jul, 2012

 

My local store is still selling plant's bloomer but they are not as good as they have been,but there has been a lot of reduced and poorly plant's,I got a nice fuchisa yesterday for £1 25 a saving of 75p,which I then spent on a tray of lobelia both worth having I thought.Did you manage to get some plant's?

14 Jul, 2012

 

Such a shame,Terra,when it affect peoples livelyhood,isn't it? ..the waether has more of a knock on effect than we think..
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It's a very busy store Mavis,so anything decent had probably been snapped up..you did well...so no,I didn't see anything worth buying...I will go to our local market on Monday :o)

14 Jul, 2012

 

That's a shame Bloomer. My mum bought me a couple of clematis when she visited our local Morrisons on Wednesday - so I can presume ours is still going!
Hope you get what you are looking for at the Market.
I went to my local independant nursery today - even he was commenting on how quite things have been!

14 Jul, 2012

 

I am a regular customer, a member of staff told me they were closing down their garden center this week as the growing season is nearly over, she said they only intended to be outside just for spring and early summer (growing season) they will be back inside now till next Spring. To be honest with you, they have had too many plants outside and have neglected them, when the plants were inside they were better looked after, although small amounts..

14 Jul, 2012

 

The smaller nurseries around here are struggling and 2 have closed down for good. The nearest gardens centre has opened 2 clothes outlets in their indoor sales area and their new 100 seater cafe is empty. I myself am not buying this summer.

14 Jul, 2012

 

Deary me..this weather is affecting so many people's lives isnt it

14 Jul, 2012

 

What a shame for you and for them.

It was on our local news last week on TV, saying how small garden centres and nurseries were struggling and some were practically giving plants away because people had lost interest in their gardens because of all the bad weather.

14 Jul, 2012

 

Thats really sad, im going to make sure i buy plants from a local g.c before i go to the supermarkets now :o(

15 Jul, 2012

 

Am going to a normally very good GC on Tuesday. Will report back. Jx

15 Jul, 2012

 

That is very sad news this weather is definitely having terrible effect on garden centre sales and I guess the smaller concerns wil be the first to go such a shame:(

15 Jul, 2012

 

We had already called in at a large garden centre ,and they didn't have what I wanted,but I have never seen as many ready planted summer pots for sale...It was quite busy,and I noticed people were just mainly looking,but there was no one going through the tills...not a good sign is it? ....I think there will be a lot of knock down prices at them all before long..

15 Jul, 2012

 

I found this last couple of years GC prices had got ridiculously high and supermarkets are filling that gap. Not only with plants, but with plant food and compost which can be £2-4 an item cheaper. Recently I wanted some more Golden cypress my nearest GC had them for £7.99, Sainsbury's were selling the same size for £3.99 that is a big saving on 6 plants.

15 Jul, 2012

 

The garden centre i usually go in as its close to me is ok.

15 Jul, 2012

 

Oh that's such a shame. Not sure about mortisons but in pretty sure our local gcs are coping. Although they are never busy. Plus point I got a nice pot for my man at half price. Let's hope the weather picks up give these businesses a chance.

15 Jul, 2012

 

I agree with you,Denise..the one we called at,were still selling single cosmos at £7.99p each ! And I didn't see any single pot plant less than £5.99p..no way would I pay that...we went to another one today,near Leeds..and they were selling all their 6 packs ...buy one,get one free..for £2.20p..so guess where I bought mine? They just fill the gap for the rest of the season :o)..and we had a nice Sunday lunch there as well..now that's what i call a nice day out .Lol..

15 Jul, 2012

 

Not surprised a lot of the independant GCs are closing down, the trend for people to buy online will mean they will probably go the same way. Many people are happier these days shopping from their armchair, retail outlets will no longer be able to cover their overheads.

16 Jul, 2012

 

I agree,Andrea..although I still prefer to go out and buy,plus it's somewhere to go,and I like to look at the quality ..I have never bought anything online,but I can see it is easier for some..just isn't my thing...I think the weather hasn't helped this year..not the same enthusiasm for buying ,when it's pouring down..:o(

16 Jul, 2012

 

I prefer to go and see plants before buying, I dont buy on line not only because I dont trust them but mostly because browsing plant nurseries is all part of gardening for me. Though I am finding that I have to travel further each year.

16 Jul, 2012

 

For some things online buying is great particularly hard to find plants. But I still prefer going into a gc and looking at the plants. For one thing you can see what your going to get and pick the better plant. Plus it's nice to be able to see plant combinations great for inspiration. Although can be hard on the purse lol.

16 Jul, 2012

 

There are two of those shops near me, one is about four miles towards Birmingham and it's plant stall, which hasn't been there long is now standing empty. The other appx 4 miles the opposite way and ironically very near to a very large GC is thriving!

17 Jul, 2012

 

Strange isn't it,that one should be doing ok..we have another one nearby too,in fact nearer than the one that closed,but there are other stores we visit in the vicinity..so that's why we go ..glad I got most of what I needed beforehand..:o)

17 Jul, 2012

 

We have two excellent GCs on opposite perimeters of our town - one is a bit expensive but has a lovely cafe and is still extremely busy. The other is a Nursery where they grow all their own plants, and is a bit "out of the way" so you'd only visit if you knew it was there, but plants are great value. It's frequently deserted, and one of the partners told me last week that he's had to keep up his other job, copy-editing, which normally he just does in the winter: can't refuse some payment :(

With my gardening group, I recently put together a leaflet of our favourite 25 plants which do well in local conditions; the first GC has given away dozens, the second only a handful. Yes, seasonal work is hard.

17 Jul, 2012

 

What a good idea Sheila. It's handy to know what does thrive in your area and helps avoid costly mistakes. jx

17 Jul, 2012

 

Thanks Jane. x

17 Jul, 2012

 

I am off out to lunch and to my favourite garden centre in about an hour. Yipee. Will report back.
Skips away singing merrily to herself, loving wild flowers, small children and cute animals :-))

17 Jul, 2012

 

Btw Bloomer, I went to M.........ons today, and saw that their outside plant centre was closed for the season too.

17 Jul, 2012

 

Been to the gc and done a blog to show you the plants I bought. It was quiet, but then it would be at 4pm on a Tuesday. All the plants looked great though and every thing seemed as normal. Was lovely looking round, I could have spent a fortune. Jx

17 Jul, 2012

 

just caught up with this blog bloomer, we went last week and Morries GC was closed, I was gutted,

25 Jul, 2012

 

We went past the other one at Meltham today,Yorkshire..that is closed too ...To be honest,I don't need anything..but that is different from seeing something,..and wanting it ! Lol

25 Jul, 2012

 

been to morries today, it looks wrong not having the GC there,

26 Jul, 2012

 

Never mind,Yorkshire..you and Ralph would be home earlier ! :o)

26 Jul, 2012

 

your joking, home earlier, if I went on my own I would be, lol

27 Jul, 2012

 

Snap,Yorkshire..have you also got a OH that likes to browse ? I hate it,and just want to get on with it,and get out !

27 Jul, 2012

 

your bang on there Bloomer, why do men like to brouse, and talk, drives me nuts

28 Jul, 2012

 

Lol,Yorkshire..popped in today..but only for a couple of bits..He didn't have time to talk ,or browse! ..we went to have a look at that new garden centre ,next to Orlando's at Grange Moor..first day of opening..mainly summer bedding,but quite nice..once they get established,it should be ok..nice little cafe..and Joe Maiden from Radio Leeds was there,signing his books for people and giving advice....hope they do well there..:o)

28 Jul, 2012

 

seen the GC but not been in, will have to go up and take a look,

31 Jul, 2012

 

It's somewhere to while away an hour,Yorkshire :o)..I'm sure it will get a bit bigger as time goes on,and sales allow..but they all have to start somewhere,don't they? it's in quite a good position there..far enough from other competition....

31 Jul, 2012

 

I wonder if they will take the allotment site over next to it, it really is a mess,

1 Aug, 2012

 

I never noticed that,Yorkshire..maybe it was round the other side to where we parked on the old forecourt..we were next to Orlando's..

1 Aug, 2012

 

the other side of where you parked, goes from the old garage forecourt up to the roundabout, really is a mess, we just wondered if they would take it over and use it for greenhouses

1 Aug, 2012

 

They might do,Yorkshire..that would be a good use of the space,wouldn't it?

1 Aug, 2012

 

nest time you are up there take a look,

1 Aug, 2012

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