I have been fascinated to read Facebook group Friendly Gardeners that many people rather than visiting specialist nurseries and plant centres buy their plants from Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl supermarkets.
DIY giant B&Q have just announced that their trading in horticulture for the fist six months of the year is up 2%, but some of the figures are staggering.
Top sellers were Lavender ‘Hidcote’ up 35%, Azaleas up 9% and Hydrangeas up 40%.
Some 50,000 orchids sold in one weekend at £5 each. That is a staggering no of plants for what is in effect a DIY chain.
New EasyGro bedding in recyclable packaging from Coletta & Tyson (a large nursery in East Yorkshire) sold 1.48m packs, which B&Q says is up 24%