LysmachiaMoon's blog: I am rapidly becoming unwelcome at Lowe's

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 1:48 PM

"Oops I did it again....." (Sorry Brittny). I swear, all I wanted was a paint brush. Then I thought, "well, while I'm here..." Those words spell my doom. I went over to Lowe's garden center and there they were, three racks of discounted plants, brimming. I got a dappled willow for $5, a red twigged dogwood for $10 (both huge plants), 7 japanese painted ferns for $1-$2 each, and three pale yellow daylilies for $1 each. Oh, and a very big Patriot hosta for $3 and a smaller Frances Williams hosta for $1. When I rumbled the cart up to the checkout lane, it was the same girl at the register as last week. She looked on me with a jaundiced eye.

Anyways. So then I drove on up the mountain and got a big load of woodchip mulch and 4 buckets full of rocks to fill up the footer trench for my Folly Wall. I'm determined to get that filled in and ready for building. On Monday (or possibly tomorrow if I have time) I will go over to the gravel place and buy a load of gravel to top up the trench. So, there I am, ready to drive off with my mulch and rocks and I spot this pop of pink in the tall grass off to the side of the field (this free mulch pile is at the forgotten end of a big park. Turned out....there's clumps and clumps of perennial hibiscus growing in there! Probably from someone's dumped garden compost. I dug out a beautiful pink one rushed it home and put it in a bucket of water. it's wilted, but I'm hoping I can get it to revive. I was a little disconcerted to see those big white fleshy roots...I was expecting something more woody. If I can get this one to survive, darn right I'm going back for more! There's also a clump of verbena growing there that I'd be happy to have too. I don't feel like I'm destroying Nature because after all, this is basically a dump...a compost and mulch dump, but a dump nay the less.

Well, it's a lot warmer and more humid today, but I got the ferns and hostas planted in the front foundation bed. That's the first step toward redesigning that looks a bit better already! I think that I'll call it a day...I still need to put up some bread and butter pickles this evening.

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Good buys on plants by Seedfork Aug 2, 2014 8:58 AM 1

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