Stuart asked “What was your best plant bargain?” and as a frugal gardener I have had a few. It is hard to just pick one, things being relative 🙂 Last year I picked up some lovely hydrangeas I’d been wanting… for about five dollars each, in large containers. I’m always looking over the specials and end of season offerings. I think the best had to be the year I snagged two Harry Lauder filberts and two hinoki cypress (which are actually false cypress or ‘Chamaecyparis’). Those were after the season was over in the fall- often a very good time to get trees and shrubs on sale. Midsummer is also a time for garden bargains, but it can be more difficult to keep the new plants alive in summer’s heat and dryness.
I’ve alway had more than my share of “false bargains”, where my optimism in buying the plant was greater than my determination to get it in the ground and nurture it. I have to watch myself on that one!
Sometimes a false bargain is the half-dead plant as well, but the challenge of bringing something living back from the brink of death…. well, that just has it’s own attraction. Nurse Ilona, can you revive these wilted dead looking petunias bought for pennies on the dollar at Walmart? Just watch me! but you know healthy plants give a much better outcome and that is really what you pay for, so sometimes it is just that green thumb that insists on taking over when the head knows better than to try.
I have to cut short this little post- Thunderstorms have arrived!!! In February!!!
What can I say? Ohio…. It was up near 60 degrees today….
…except I do want to thank those who blogrolled me! I appreciate it so much. I really like being part of the garden blogging community even though my participation is sometimes limited.
…which reminds me, there is a garden bloggers “Spring Fling” get together which would be so terrific to attend. I won’t be there, but don’t feel too sorry for me, I will be returning about that time from Maui. YES! I am taking up an invitation from a friend and going to Paradise for a couple weeks- my tickets came in the mail today. If it weren’t for that… I sure would have liked to attend the Spring Fling and hear the great speakers like Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening. I hope it is a success and they do it again next year… maybe I could time things better and be there.
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