…but I have to get something off my chest.

I spend a lot of money on my garden. I could spend more but I do try to raise plants from seeds, cuttings and division. When I buy plants from garden centres I get annoyed beyond all proportion when they turn out NOT to be what the label promised.

It’s OK when they’re in flower at the point of sale – but not when you buy fruit trees or bulbs that won’t show their true colours for another season.

And that’s my point: I have a white currant that is bright red, yellow tulips and daffodils that should be white, a bright orange dahlia I would definitely NOT have put in the pink border and autumn raspberries that turned out to be summer-fruiting.

They were all bought from a large national chain of garden centres. I know that the customers are quite likely to mix up plant labels or that the error lies with the suppliers but it does make me uneasy about making expensive, investment purchases.

There. I feel better for that and can now tend all my lovely plants that do exactly what it said on the tin.

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