No more skiddling about, I said, so a lot of miserable little plants went too. I think I may treat myself to a fresh start this year. We have a lot of itty bitty pots with struggling plants in (my husband has a soft spot for 'runt of the litter plants'). But really, what is the point? Does it give us joy to look at it? will be my criteria for deciding does it stay or does it go.
For inspiration I took a look at Elizabeth MacGregors online catalogue. I have bought plants from here before. They are hardy (grown in Scotland), all half or full litre pots, and very reasonably priced, and there is a huge range of carefully selected varieties. In bold and brave mood I am going for lots of this anemone White Swan...no more ones or twos of anything. (Oops, I haven't looked at the price yet!)
No special deals, two for one, discount if you spend £x, exaggerated claims, emails and repeat catalogues, this week only, no hype of any kind - they do business in a direct, efficient and friendly way. Simple. And very good.