Want to pick up a few items for your garden while on holiday? Flea markets and car boot sales are the way to go. For one thing, they are cheaper; for another, you can bargain.
I went to a car boot sale at Bury’s St. Edmunds and saw some of the most intriguing stuff. They had just about everything from stone urns and planter tubs to chimney pots, spin dryers and salt shakers. I drooled.
I wish I could have opted for an urn or planter but I had to be contented with a small bronze lamppost bell which cost 20p and memories of the rest instead.
I stopped longest at two of them; one which sold a cherry guava plant (psidium littorale) and another which had a couple of adorable garden ornaments.
One look at the rabbit and hedgehog and I was smitten. At AUD10 each, I thought they were a steal. Never mind the fact that I already had a bulging luggage bag and that it was probably overweight. The ornaments weighed close to a kilo each and were the size of rugby balls, but they were coming home with me.
The cherry guava is, of course, another story …