Ya ya ... I know all you people in California and Texas and Florida think this is no big deal but for us who live 'up north', the annual Linder's Garden Center half-off sale is the real kick off to the Summer growing season. Because it's been so cold and miserable until the last week or so, no one has felt like gardening. The nice weather and the plant sale are like a breath of fresh air. The Linder's greenhouses that dot the shopping centers across the Twin Cities are packed with gardeners ... and so are their cars!
Not wanting to miss out on the action, Bob and I headed to one after breakfast this morning. I FINALLY nagged him into getting a hydrangea for me ... right before some guy with two carts came by and cleared out all they had! After some 'discussion', we agreed on two varieties of Weigela to replace the hedge along the porch in front. I like them because they have pink flowers and the foliage is interesting. If 'someone' had his way, everything would be green without a stick of interesting color anywhere. When he's not looking, I'm going to sneak back for another hydrangea, a couple burning bushes and maybe a few other interesting shrubs for under the bay window. Picked up a cute pink potentilla for that area, too. It'll be darling.
Bob got right to work ... ripped out the old hedge and got the dirt pumped up with compost. Now he's got the pots spaced just right and even though they aren't in the ground yet, they make a huge improvement!
It seems like every time we do some landscaping ... especially if it is in the front of the house directly under what was once little boys' windows ... we find artifacts. They often played on the railing too and I understand the car and the boat how did that plastic tack get in the hedge? Always wondered where that little boat went! So now that we have pots of flowers on the step and hanging from hooks, it's time for Summer to really begin!!