Plant sale in Shawnee
They say timing is everything. Stopped by Kmart yesterday as they were in the process of shutting down the garden center for the season; everything was being loaded up and moved outside by a great young man who was happy to pick up a five foot Banana tree @ $5.72 and put it in my basket, and then located a second basket for me for the four foot Vitex @ $4.57 I just couldn't pass up. As could be expected, there are some plants that look a bit mangy, and even a few that could be considered beyond hope, but the vast majority that I saw last night have been relatively well taken care of and would do fine. IOW, they had alot of great, healthy plants left. With the wind picking up, and the clouds getting darker by the minute, I was looking over the selection as the manager was telling the young man where he wanted things put. I asked the prices on a few items and he said that unless it's specifically marked, everything is 75% off. (uh huh. 75%)
The race was on, me against the sky threatening, and then delivering a good, old fashioned, thunderstorm complete with driving rain and lightning. Needless to say, I had a blast.
After we checked out, DD wasn't sure about where we were going to put two carts worth of plants, but I tell her these are the things we'll laugh about twenty years from now. Actually, we were laughing about it then; not too many people are so obsessive they will stand in the pouring rain stuffing plants into a sedan. Oh,and did I mention we'd just been to the feed store and had 2 bags of corn and oats, plus a bag of Chaff hay that took up one whole floorboard and part of the seat?
Well, along with the feed and the lush, spreading Vitex, we managed to pack the back seat of the Buick with:
1 virbinum eastern snowball
3 cape fuschia (blooming)
1 firewitch dianthus (blooming)
1 blue fescue
1 spirea anthony waterer (blooming)
1 hosta royal standard (blooming)
1 gallon sword fern
(All in 1 and 2 gallon sized pots. Tucked in all the nooks and crannies were the quart size pots)
4 japanese painted ferns
1 hardy geranium
2 patio tomatoes
1 big leaf basil
Once the rain slacked off a bit, we carefully laid the banana in the trunk, and I rode home with a lush blooming Kolanche in my lap. Including the banana and Vitex, the average cost per plant was right at $1.00 each.
I wish I'd also picked up some of the coral bells, or the tropical palms. (I figured it would be a good idea to give ourselves enough room to drive home without a frond poking us in the eye)
Because we'd stopped off to eat before driving on home, we got everything unloaded and set out in the pot ghetto just before the second big wave of storms hit Bowlegs.
Like I said, timing is everything.