Greetings! When I ran my own garden listserv, this time of year was eagerly anticipated by folks in the Ithaca/Rochester/Syracuse area. Each year by mid-July, Chase-Pitkin stores begin marking down their nursery stock. If you have never heard of Chase-Pitkin, it is a store much like Home Depot or Lowes.
Unlike Home Depot, Chase has a STELLAR selection of wildlife friendly shrubs and perrenials, MUCH BETTER than Lowes too!! On Saturday, I visited the C-P in Liverpool and the one in Clay, NY. Liverpool had Epic Perrenials at 20% off, Shrubs and trees at 25% off. Clay had the same discount on shrubs, but 50% OFF ON PERRENIALS!!! A good selection still remains, I grabbed RUDBECKIA MAXIMA, HELENIUM, GEUM, DIGITALIS, DORONICUM, AGASTACHE, and PRIMULA, 25 plants in all. Total spent? $35!!
Please tell me if other regional Chase stores have any goodies? I will hit the one in Ithaca on Thursday, perhaps Rochester next week. Any other places giving plants away??? Also, I am interested in purchasing 4 Redwood or Cedar whiskey barrel planters to grow Blueberries in next year. C-P has them for just $21. Anyone finding any less expensive than this??? THANKS!!