My favorite garden center closed. Well, actually it just got new owners. They bought the place in August and I haven’t heard a single thing about the place since then. I was a little sad and had actually started a debate in my head about where I’d buy my plants next year.
Then last week on Sunday Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations messaged me to see if I wanted to walk the dogs. It’s so pretty and I always have a great time with Carla so I said sure. Then she asked if I wanted to meet in Hawkeye a little town just south of our town. She said the nursery there was having an end-of-the-year clean-out sale. Everything was 60% off except Hostas. They were only 25% off.
The dogs would wait in the car while we shopped and then we’d walk the dogs.
It had been years since I visited the nursery. It’s only 15 minutes from my house but other than the nursery, there is nothing that would entice a person to visit (except now the park) HA!
I had told Carla that I was bringing her a surprise. I had been thrifting and found a food strainer for $2 and the attachments for $1. In the past Carla has always borrowed mine and I’ve never minded but figured for $3, it would be nice for her to have one. They are available on Amazone for $65 for the main piece and plus some for the other box of strainers.
Carla had been baking so brought me some cookies.
We both shopped at the nursery and I was impressed even though everything was picked over and they were getting ready to close the shop for the season. The owner was helpful and made things convenient for us. I’ll likely be going there in the spring for my garden plants.
Carla was so helpful to me too. She knows my garden space and I could chat with her about what plants should go where or how many I needed to fill a space. I don’t remember exactly how much I spent but it was right around $60. Did I need more plants…not really but who can resist such a good sale? Not me.
Carla and I walked The dogs around town. It was lovely. The weather was perfect and the trees in the park were amazing. So fun and so enjoyable.
I ate two of Carla’s cookies on the way home and saved one as a reward once I got my planting done.
I got busy right away. I planted two clematises’ at the back trellis’. I had planted some here this year but they didn’t make it. Hopefully, these will. I had the worst time finding some this spring and I settled for some that didn’t look the best. Then I think I should have watered them a little more than I did. Anyway…hopefully these will take.
I couldn’t resist this one. It was called Samaritan Jo. HA!
In the Spring I had an idea to put a trellis here next to the fence and plant a clematis, then train it to go over the fence. I wanted a white clematis that blooms in the Fall but the only ones I could find were $30 each. That was too much for my budget so I made plans to purchase one next Spring. I ended up buying two of them. They were only $1.99 each.
I also bought two pink hardy mums. I planted them in front of the hydrangeas that are there. They were only $5 each. Oh, I am excited to see how this will look next summer. I’ve been wanting to fill this in a little more and these plants were perfect. For the $14 I spent, I couldn’t have bought one plant at a normal price. SO FUN!
Being plants were so cheap…I had an idea. Late last Fall just before the bad weather set in, along the front of the vegetable garden, I planted a row of clearance-priced tulips and hyacinths. They were so pretty. I just loved them. The problem was I needed some there when the tulips were done so I planted petunias there. They didn’t really take and look as fabulous as I hoped they would. Standing at the nursery I thought rather than fork out the high dollars each spring for some annuals, maybe I should buy these inexpensive perennials thinking over the long haul, it would actually save some money. I bought 12 perennials that were only .99 cents each. The tulips will come up around them then once the tulips are done, I’ll pull them out and the perennials can flourish. That’s my hope anyway. Fingers crossed it’s a good plan.
I put in a mix of plants. Originally I thought about buying all of the same variety but after Carla and I talked, I decided to make it more random.
If I end up not liking the plants there or it doesn’t work, I’ll move them. It’s all good.
While I was working on the landscape, I pulled my frost-damaged impatiens and cut back some of the other plants.
I got everything done outside that “HAD” to be done. I’m hoping the weather stays nice for a bit longer as I could use another day outside before I’m completely ready to call it done for the year.
I enjoyed Carla’s last cookie when I came inside. YUM. They were so good. Happily, Carla sent the recipe so I hope to make them sometime soon. I’ll share the recipe when I do.
It was a fabulous Sunday!!