Saturday, May 10, 2008

13 dollars, 66 plants

We had to go to Lowe's to buy some plumbing parts for the latest project by DH (my dear husband). His birthday is today, but he is happy NOT to celebrate it...
Another item on the list was to pick up a couple packs of flowers. We have an ongoing project to plant as many monarch-butterfly-friendly plants as possible in the garden, and we acquired several more milkweed plants earlier in this spring. One is going to live in a large container at the corner of the driveway, next to the kitchen door. My plan was to get some color for this container. As we wandered through the garden center we stopped by the almost-dead-plant section, to see if there were any bargains. The friendly Lowe's lady ambushed us by saying that if we took the entire rack she would charge us only $10. DH has a horror of killing plants and endless sympathy for the underdog, and since we had already picked out $6 worth of almost-dead plants this seemed like a good deal.
Thus we are now the proud owners of the following: 19 Big Blue Liriope, 4 Jim Crockett Star Asters (these are very good butterfly plants), 2 culinary sage, 1 Senetti Blue Bicolor Cineraria, 3 Festival Mix Gerbera Daisies, 2 Purple Fountain Grass, 1 dianthus, 1 Asian jasmine, 1 white impatiens, 18 petunias of unknown color and very little health, 1 strange little plant with stiff curly/wire stems and no name, and the balance filled out with delphiniums that are almost sure to die of the heat. We paid full price for 12 portulaca and 6 coxcomb. All have bee carefully placed in the light shade of our crepe myrtles and watered tenderly. Who knows what will live or die - and where the *ell I'm going to put all these things.


Iggor Norad said...

Enjoyed your blog, but it is getting late and only the words of Budda come to mind,

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.


Italy expat said...

We share a love of gardening too! I was out this morning talking to the plants while watering. Early summer is so great! When eveything is shooting forth. My Hydrangeas are almost as big as trees, and the wisteria is full, the grapevine is comming back.
Liked your story. Remember plants always reward you. d


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