Sometimes it seems ridiculously hard to find what seems like the simplest of products without having to go down the hugely expensive “bespoke” route - you know, getting a blacksmith to fashion you plant supports from old horsehoes, that kind of thing.
Am I looking in the wrong place? Going to the wrong garden centres?
There’s got to be something wrong here – as gardening editor I get sent press releases and catalogues by the dozen about new products. But could I find a 6ft by 4ft square-latticed, decent quality wooden trellis that wouldn’t cost a fortune to deliver? Nope. Had to settle for a 6ft by 3ft one. What about a non-hideous, non-"nostalgic" hosepipe holder? Eventually, after a plea on Twitter, I found this one from brilliant Dutch firm DeWiltfang. I liked it so much I got two!
And do I really have to schlep to Ikea every time I want a reasonably cheap and modern pot for a houseplant? (or for that matter, a houseplant full stop: they’re definitely out of fashion right now, as I’ve said before).
I have, however, just defeated one of my demons – a wire trellis system that works with fencing featuring concrete posts and doesn’t cost hundreds of pounds – it comes from Rivelin Glen (I love you guys, and I don’t even know you...).
Is it just me, or are you struggling to source something for your garden? Do share ...