An Alameda Garden: You Can't Buy Happiness, But At Least You Can Buy More Plants

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

You Can't Buy Happiness, But At Least You Can Buy More Plants

April seems to be the month when clever plant retailers and horticultural organizations realize that they can parlay our gardening frenzies and frustrations into major sales. Not only am I being lured into buying seeds and plants everytime I go into Longs Drugs, but every weekend it seems some group is holding a plant sale. This past Saturday it was the Landscape Horticulture Department at Merritt College. People showed up bright and early carrying empty flats and boxes ready to fill with goodies. After I worked the first couple hours selling coffee and muffins, I headed in to do my own shopping. The prices were reasonable and the selection was good, but for better or worse, I managed to not overdo it. I got out of there with a boxful of great-looking plants and I was only $22 poorer. Here's what I got:
  • Omphalodes cappadoica (or is it cappadocia?)--A 4" pot of pretty little blue forget-me-not type flowers
  • Pacific Coast iris--4" pot
  • Digitalis purpurea--6-pack
  • Salvia macrophylla--6-pack
  • Phygelius 'moonraker'--6" pot
  • Sweet bell pepper--(2) 4" pots
So far, I've only managed to get the digitalis and the omphalodes planted, but I did also get the side bed cleared of the Four O'Clock tubers and seeded with sweet peas, shirley poppies and violas. Here's what it looks like now (not pretty, but at least it's clean).

1 comment:

  1. it looks lovely, i like the red brick edging.Cant wait to see what grows.I was weak today and bought three trailing fuschias from castleford outdoor market.Only £2.50 and my last fuschias succumbed to frosts!!


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