Bargain Hunt

Shop at Markets for Cheap Plants

If you love plants but not the price tag at your local garden centre, why not head down to your local weekend market to get some cheap plants? Here is the story of how I did just that one weekend by scoring a bargain.

One of my favourite weekend activities (long before the days of Covid-19 lockdown) was to drop in at weekend markets. There would usually be at least a handful of plant sellers, who have grown their plants in their backyards or in their homes. That, to me, is perfect. It means that the plants have been grown in similar conditions as my own garden or home. Such plants are more than likely to thrive after being purchased.

It so happened that one Saturday, I took the wrong turn after avoiding some roadworks. I found myself along the road where a weekend market was open. It turned out to be a serendipitous move because I ended up with this beauty – a pothos (or money plant). It turned out to be so tall that it could barely fit into my car and had to be transported sideways. Fortunately, the totem pole wasn’t damaged in the process.

My cheap plant – Pothos or Devil’s Ivy

The plant was originally priced at $100 which is a bargain compared to most garden centres, considering its height and excellent condition. After bargaining the price down to $80, the person ahead of me turned down the offer and walked away. So I was left with the disappointed seller who then offered it to me for $70. I would have been happy to pay $80 for it, so you can imagine my elation. I could barely hide my broad smile as I happily carted it to my car.

For once in my life, I didn’t mind making the long detour to avoid roadworks. Cheap plants are guaranteed to cheer me up anytime!

Bargain Hunt

Art Print with Plants

OK, so this isn’t quite a bargain hunt for plants. But who could resist a large contemporary poster featuring not one, but 100 plants! Imagine that – an art print with plants! The next best thing to having a plant.

I spotted a few of my favourite plants in there including a rubber plant and believe that I have the perfect spot for it in my home.

Potter over now and supporting this commission artist who clearly has a love for plants!

Here’s the link to purchase this art print with plants, which can be shipped worldwide: 100 Plants [A1 Sized, Large Art Print]

Plant art print in black and white featuring 100 unique house plants.

There is also a transparent version of this, if you prefer the minimalist look. 100 House Plants (Transparent Print)

Artist’s blurb: 100 Plants is a series documenting my new found obsession with indoor plants! Especially during this unprecedented time of COVID, plants have been a way for me to enjoy being at home, providing a hobby and much-needed greenery into my room and workspaces. It amazes me that plants while being made up of a similar structure of trunk, leaves and roots, can come in so many diverse shapes, colours and sizes. This print was a way for me to research and explore the 100 most common types of house plants and how interesting each plant silhouette is. This print has become a wish list of sorts, with me crossing off each plant as it finds its way into my home

Since coming across the prints, I discovered that the artist designed the logo for Pretty Ugly Plants and the drawings of succulents with coffee related quipment for Merlin Coffee.