My name is Niels and I am a shopaholic. Hi Niels!!!!!!!! Well only a garden shopaholic and I almost got it under control. As long as I don´t visit garden centres, nurseries or even look at the plants for sale at the supermarket, I can resist anything - (But temptations).
Ever bought something you really don´t need for your garden? You visit your local plant dealer and see some really nice plants (more likely 15)and think they would look nice in your garden. A week or even 2 later (well a month or more right?) they are still sitting in their pots, price tags waving in the breeze,since you never got a round to planting them?
I go to a nursery looking for 3 roses and come home with 8. I rationalize I can always plant them in pots (The ever growing pot ghetto) until I know where to plant them. Each year they have a plant sale in my city - I promise myself every year only to buy the plants I really need this year. Obviously I need a lot more than I was planning or thinking before I went. I come home with really nice terracotta pots (They were cheap I lie to myself) and they are still in my tool shed.
I had promised myself to buy more faux terracotta planters this year - but when I see the real thing I sort of loose control. A friend told me that he never seen anyone buy this many huge pots - after we went shopping at a supermarket and I saw these big terracotta pots. THEY WERE ON SALE! With many other things I am frugal, but when it comes to plants, garden equipment, books and other garden stuff I never seem to be able to get enough. Let me read an article in a garden magazine about peonies or new day lilies and I begin to compile a list of varieties I MUST HAVE.
Compulsive shopping is often a smiled upon addiction. I always tell myself that it is better than smoking or drinking, and that it is not so bad... but I have to admit that I do shop all things GARDEN compulsively - sometimes. At lest it does not impair other parts of my life I tell myself. When we think of compulsive shoppers we most often think of women who buys too much clothes,shoes, jewelry and cosmetics. It can become a serious problem that end with debt problems and even broken marriages. Research shows that 9 out of 10 compulsive shoppers are women. But perhaps men are better masking their compulsive shopping? Men seems to buy different things compulsively than women (Sporting goods - think golfer, hunters, fishermen, sailers and don´t even get me started on things for the car!. And how many weird collectors of strange items have you known or heard of?
Compulsive shopping relieves tension. Some shop out of loneliness, others for the rush of it, still others to fill some inner need. Some seek greater self-esteem, others use it to battle depression or anxiety. Some shop to return to a happy childhood, others to escape a bad one. I always felt cold as a boy - and I buy way too many coats each year...
I promise ... well I will try not to buy more Clematis than I need this week when I am going shopping for those. There are some really nice new ones that I must have ... At least they are useful and I have not (yet) become a collector of garden figurines and gnomes. I will not post pictures of all the potted plants standing all around my garden - IT REALLY ISN´T THAT BAD - IS IT? IT´s just a few things for the garden!