If you have read my blog for long you know how much I like working in the yard. Each year I promise myself I am going to cut back and not make any new flower beds...and to cut down on the number of pots.
This year, 2009, has been no different---but I lied to myself again. Was in town earlier in the week looking for impatiens to finish out my shady location pots. Went to three locations before I found any - and that was at a farm store. In addition to having what I was looking for the pricing was 25% off. Gosh, I thought I want to get some perennials...that way put them in the ground this year. Then I am set for years to come...no more planting in that area.
After seeing several blogs where people were showing the beautiful clematis plants with all their magnificant blooms I decided this old Oklie gal needed one of those too. Well, this store that had the other plants did not have a clematis. However, when I set out on a mission - stay out of my way - I am determined - checked out another store on the way home. Struck pay dirt - they had several of them...but at the selling price I thought my social security check would only allow for one. Hopefully in the next two or three years it will be large and pretty enough for me to post some pictures.
Then I get a phone call from my sister this farm store had reduced their prices to 50% off. Well, by this time of year I had pretty well spent all of my budgeted money for flowers...so just kind of put the thought in the back of my mind about going back to the store. I waited two days - well nearly two days...got the call on Tuesday night...and this is Thursday. After I got out of the beauty salon I went by the store...it is on my way home so did not go out of the way. What caught my eye as soon as I walked up to the area...a sign that said "75% off"!!! I threw all caution to the wind...I grabbed a basket and starting shopping like a mad lady. Wasn't long before the basket was overflowing - you know that you can't sit plants on top of each other - but I was doing the best I could. Some of the plants did not have the plastic description card in them so I would call daughter Holly and have her look up data on the computer...did not want to get anything that was not going to grow in my zone area. Here I was standing in the plant area wondering how I was going to handle another basket...when who should appear - you are right - my knight in shining armour...Leon ...he had been in town helping a guy from church move some furniture. He had come by the store to pick up some manly stuff and saw my car in the parking lot. He asked me if I wanted another basket and I sheepishly said "yes"...he got me one and said just keep on shopping...and he would be back to help me with the check out process. Here are the plants I got today...all of these for $53.61 (including 8.50% sales tax).
Among the ones I selected are three lilac bushes, one butterfly bush...those are the large ones. Oh yes, a gardenia plant with a bud. Then a variety including Sweet William, Coral Bells, Reullia, violets, Pin cushion flowers, Salvia, Hosta, Asian Jasmine, Coreospsis plus 7 annual plants. I planted some of them this afternoon - rest will be tomorrow or Saturday as we are out of potting soil. I like to put good potting soil around them when putting them in a new freshly dug flower bed. With all these new plants I know I will be doing a bit more watering until they are established...but it will be worth it in the long run.
> Have no doubts I will be showing pictures as the season goes along.