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By derekm


I decided today to visit my favourite plant nursery to get some plants for a memorial garden for my late wife.
The nursery is located right behind a Nottcuts garden centre, where the prices are sky high, however they didn’t have the plants I wanted, so I had a look around and bought 4 others, a Ribes sanguineum ‘white icicle’ a 5 litre pot, and a decent sized plant, a Rosemarinus officinalis in a 2 litre pot, a Leucothoe axillaris ‘curly red’, and a Dianthus ‘Rebekah’ dwarf early bird pink, both in 2 litre pots, total cost £23, I dread to think what these would have cost me had I gone next door, there’s nothing fancy about this nursery, no tools, clothing, no overpriced coffee shop, just good quality plants, at least half the price of a garden centre.
So even if I didn’t get what I wanted, I spent a couple of hours looking around, and having a nice chat to the young lady who was watering the plants and taking the money, as she was the only person there, so I spent an enjoyable afternoon there, Derek.

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What a wonderful idea making a memorial garden for your late wife Derek and a great choice of plants so pleased you found what you wanted cheaper pleased you had an enjoyable day out just show s you can enjoy your self more with out the expensive bling as I would call it.

5 Mar, 2018


Great stuff Derek - and you can always go round next door for coffee afterwards...
I hope your memorial plants do well for you.

5 Mar, 2018


The plastic memorials are obtainable in most towns now.
They are not affected by the weather.
I had one made for my brother who didnt survive Prostate
Cancer. It was £25. States he was a racing cyclist 50 continuous years, he would have like that. It helps to make a Memorial Garden.
People have £200 stone memorials put in at the Crematorium Garden here and take flowers up every week.
After 5 years the Council sent the lorry up to clear them all out. They say its a question of space. Its terrible. If its in your garden its there permanently. Its not the money, its the thought.

6 Mar, 2018


What a great idea Derek.
Ribes white icicle is lovely, Simbad has in the past posted pics of hers and it's loaded in flowers, I have one too, still a baby.

6 Mar, 2018


Sounds a good place to visit again then Derek, I like the idea of a Memorial Garden at home, hope they do well for you....

6 Mar, 2018


I wish I had a nursery like that near me, because as you say prices in Garden Centres can be extortionate. Your Memorial Garden sounds lovely.

6 Mar, 2018


Thank you so much for your lovely comments everyone, I have a lot more plants to get still, but I will get them eventually.
Diane, I have ordered a solid oak bench for the memorial, which will have the words carved directly into the timber, so they will always be visible, and hopefully deter anyone from stealing the bench, as it would be obvious it was stolen, Derek.

6 Mar, 2018


Now that is my idea of great shopping Derek! I must pop up to Arbroath soon and see how they survived the weather at my favourite nursery.

6 Mar, 2018


Your oak bench sounds perfect Derek, my Aunt created a rose bed with bench as her memorial garden for my lovely Uncle, she has a nice small Acer tree to the side of the bench too.

6 Mar, 2018


Thanks Karen. Dawnsaunt, I intend to get a Magnolia 'Betty', my wife was called Elizabeth, and although there is a Magnolia 'Elizabeth' everyone knew her as Betty, so I've decided to go for that 1, plus it's more colourful, Derek.

6 Mar, 2018


that will give you lots of comfort in the coming years Derek. I have lots of plants from my late mum's garden in mine and every time I see them I automatically think of her.

I love the choice you have made and I agree little independents are worth their weight in gold.

6 Mar, 2018


The magnolia sounds perfect.

6 Mar, 2018


Thank you Sbg and Dawnsaunt, what I have in mind will take quite a lot of work, but will be worth the effort, Derek.

7 Mar, 2018


Plants from my late father's garden in ours also. MIL's ashes scattered here with shrubs all around now.

Memorial gardens are lovely and get better with every passing year.

Love the idea of an oak bench.

7 Mar, 2018


thank you Eirlys, I think memorial gardens at home are more personal and private than any crematorium, Derek.

8 Mar, 2018

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