I shop for annuals once a year, usually at the end of May or beginning of June – like most other people who live in New England. If we shop too early, the plants have to wait somewhere until all chance of frost has passed. OR, they can go into the cold ground and take their chances. All plants cost too much to risk dying in a freeze, and I can’t be bothered to go out and cover my plants. I just wait and try to get them into the ground at the correct time. And slowly but surely I am learning how to garden in the north.
So on my recent trip to “House by the Side of the Road”, this is what I came home with (my hanging fuchsia was on the front seat):
Tray on the left: Celebrity tomatoes: These grew the best in last years vegetable garden. I grew 5 varieties and these and the grape tomatoes were wonderful. (I also bought grape tomatoes). Pink Wave petunias- I guess these are a specialty because they were quite pricey – but I will use them in my hanging baskets. I got six and will divide them between at least 3 baskets. (These are plastic basket hangers I have kept from previous years).
Tray with flowers: Zinnias, 3 packs of Marigolds (always have in my veggie garden), Cosmos (faves of mine) and Red Star impatiens – reddish pink and white stripes.
On the right are the perennials: Right in front, with that big bud, is the Oriental Poppy. To the left is the Monk’s Hood, and to the right is the Joe Pye Weed. In the back are two hostas.
I plan to buy more perennials this Fall when the prices come down. I especially want more Peonies to go around my deck, or maybe some new varieties of hydrangeas.
- The First Flowers of Spring: Helloborus “Emma” Picture (hydrangeasblue.wordpress.com)
- Shopping local: Indian Creek Nursery (shoplocalomaha.wordpress.com)