This was the day of the greatest bargain ever. The £25 Agave tequilana may come close (as it should have been worth £75) but I think a £25 plant for 10p is still better...
I went to the garden centre and Homebase today. And I impulse-bought a magnolia - Magnolia x soulangeana. I probably should have bought the M. grandiflora as M. x soulangeana is a modern hybrid, but the latter will produce pretty pink flowers rather than white ones.
I also have a fat ball "tree" to keep the garden dinosaurs happy during the winter. Hopefully the neighbour's cat will be unable to get to them. Anyway, after that it was down to Homebase. A while ago I'd seen a Cycas revoluta, but was put off by the price (and I rarely have much success with DIY store plants). But payday makes everything better. And I was delighted to see that it was half-price, so didn't feel too bad about buying a magnolia too.
By the time I'd got it home I had already decided to name it Bastard, as it had spiked me from every angle. And I started telling Hubster that it had been a bit of a bargain at £12.49 so I didn't feel so bad about the magnolia. And I stopped mid-sentence. Because I remembered that I'd only paid £17.08 for the whole lot, and I'd bought a terracotta pot for it (which was by no means only a fiver) and some more gold gravel. So I checked the receipt:
Yup. The cycad cost me 10p. Money I could have cobbled together in small change from my wallet! Even Hubster had to admit that that just might be the greatest bargain ever. And in our front window it rather nicely hides the 32" widescreen HD-ready LCD penis extension - I mean television - that he lugged through Kingston town centre yesterday.