So, we were finally able to have our garage sale this weekend, and I'm happy that I made enough money to pay for my motel when I head to Texas in June for the celebration at the Casablanca.
While I was out early Saturday morning putting up garage sale signs, I drove by the pavilion downtown (covered parking during the week, a place for auctions and the Farmer's Market on the weekends, and it's main purpose for being built, a cattle arena for the town fair) and noticed that the local chapter of the Master Gardeners was having it's annual plant sale. I spend a little money at this each year and all those starts off of other people's plants has added a lot of color to my yard. Most of my flowering plants have been purchased this way. I have only purchased the evergreen shrubs in front of the Shack and a clematis from a retail source. I love getting starts off of old plants, it makes me feel that my home is more connected to the past, and that I am carrying on something that is almost historical in a way.
So, what are my finds this year?
Left to right: Chives, and two pink hardy hibiscus, the green pot on the right is spearmint.
Left to right: the same spearmint as in the first photo, another, better looking spearmint in the middle, and a Mexican Hat plant on the right.
The green pot is a Gold Flame Spirea, and on the right is a bee balm (I think this one is lavender).
The one on the left is the same lavender bee balm as seen in the above photo, the white pot is a red bee balm.
The one in the green pot is Sea Oats, and a planter full of Phlox on the right.
A bunch of blanket flower (free because it was wilting). I need to figure out where to plant it and get it in the ground fast to save it.
I also got two more spearmint plants, two apple mint plants, two lemon mint plants, and two plants just labeled "mint". I gave one of each to my mom and sister. No apple mint or lemon mint for me, although I think that I'll take starts off them. Mint can be invasive, so we're going to try them as container plants.
The whole bunch set me back $9! What a deal!
Now, on to my next dilemma, the planter box. The past 50 years have not been kind to the planter box that runs from the garage to my front stoop (around 22 feet or so). I always love the way that it looks filled with flowers each year, but this spring I was cleaning it out and discovered that I may not be able to use it this year. It is leaning and about to collapse in a couple of places and most of the mortar is missing between the stones. I will either have to remove it completely and landscape the area between the house and the sidewalk, or rebuild it. I'm torn. I love this great midcentury detail on my house, but I'm not sure that I will be capable of rebuilding it and making it look right. I can't afford to have someone come and rebuild it. Either I rebuild it myself or I remove it myself. I don't want to plant anything in it until I decide. The price of the bedding plants would go to waste if I have to remove it.
Here you can see my problem:
Have a great Monday!