Well, I was going to wait until I'd planted everything and could impress you with my beautiful gardens!! But then I realized, she's right! Gardeners love to see what you've bought and know how much you paid for it. So, here goes -- I'll prove to you just what a plant hog I am and how I've absolutely no self-control when you show me a cheap flower!
Now, keep in mind that the plants I'm buying are for my side garden which is in the beginning stages. So, they're going to be small ... and perhaps a little Charlie Brownie-ish! But as a woman ALWAYS in search of the ultimate bargain, I see past the sad, bedraggled look of these little guys and I either remember the seed catalogue picture that I saw during the winter or I picture in my minds eye what the buyer is describing to me. I'm an optimist! Plus, I'm going for variety, economy and a little experimentation!
So here we go. Come see my new babies with me; and although some may look like ugly ducklings, remember the swan at the end of the story.
I went to 2 plant sales in beautiful Mahone Bay -- one put on by the Mahone Bay Garden Club and another as part of a church yard sale. I got there just as they were starting, so I was able to get first pickings! The Garden Club had a great selection at good prices; the church sale was also surprisingly good (and cheaper). On my way back to Bridgewater, I stopped in at the yard sale at Ecole de Riv Sud (the French school) where I got some hum-dinger plants! My last stop was at a church yard sale in Bridgewater; by the time I got there (noon), they were pretty low on plants, and the 2 gentlemen manning the plant tables just wanted to go inside and eat! So, they drastically reduced their price to 25 cents each! How could I not buy lots and lots??
Apologies made for spelling & names of plants as I'm posting off the cuff from memory! (Always a dangerous venture with me.)
4 little hostas - 3 at $1 ea and one for 25 cents.
Lemon Balm, Ajuca, Lamb's Ears, unknown, Hosta, Lungwort & Lamemium at 25 cents ea.
I don't remember the names of most of these other than the fern! But they were all 25 cents ea.
A Spirea $2, Cotoneaster $2, something?? and Snow in Summer 50 cents!
You can see the 50 cent price on these babies, but they were half price! There's a Rudbeckia in the back, and the middle plant in front is a tiny Burning Bush.
Looking for shrubs was the main reason I went out on Saturday. Here is a Beauty Bush ($3), a Hydrangea ($4), another Rudbeckia off the side ($1) and a Dwarf Spirea ($5). Behind the Beauty Bush is a Boxwood that I bought at a local grocery store for $10.
And here are my hum-dingers! A Chinese Lantern Plant (potted in a pot that I found on the side of the road during clean-up week) and a Forsithia Bush; I paid a total of $5 for both of these!
I did get my seed Geramiums potted with a little Alyssim (but obviously forgot to clean up the pots before I took the picture). Presentation Sandy! Presentation!