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My final spend-out....yeah, right!


By lauram


Yesterday a cheerful little publication arrived in the mail.
DANGER, DANGER, financial meltdown ahead!!!

Well, I’d been planning to order more plants from this nursery, anyway, but I didn’t need the temptation. I didn’t need to have a catalog right in front of my face, mocking me with pretty photos and tantalizing descriptions. So today at lunchtime I ordered what should, hopefully (depending upon my resistance level), be one of my last batches of plants. I do have another group to be ordered this evening, and that will be it, I promise!

From Sunlight I bought 4 Delphinium exaltatum, a native larkspur that grows about 5 or 6 feet high. These should perform better in our heat and humidity than the English hybrids that are commonly offered.
The other plants I have in mind are these:
Aconitum uncinatum – southern blue monkshood. I’ve been looking for this native monkshood for a while and so I have convinced myself that the purchase is justified.

Aster cordifolia – blue wood aster. Does well in sun or shade, will work great in one of my difficult areas.

Rudbeckia fulgida – a shorter Rudbeckia than the R. hirta I’ve grown for the past 2 years & much less likely to flop under windy conditions.

Alabama snow-wreath (I can’t remember the scientific name). This is a shrub I’d never heard of, rare and found in only a few counties in GA, TN & AL. Beautiful white flowers.

I’m still planning to build several raised beds for tomatoes, beans and strawberries. And I want to plant both wild blueberries and a couple of heat-tolerant varieties.
I planted brussels sprouts in a raised bed last fall, but planted them too late. But they’re all still alive, and growing! Tonight I bought some Chinese broccoli and will get that in the ground over the weekend.
Happy planning, everybody!

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Busy time ahead then Lauram ! Enjoy :)

25 Feb, 2011


With all that lot you will not have time to go to work,enjoy them all

25 Feb, 2011


Someone is going to be busy.

25 Feb, 2011


these nice harmless little picture books keep landing on my doorstep too - its like having a GC in your living room after he GC has closed - not good for us with the plant buying addiction problems.

25 Feb, 2011


I know how you feel, it's so tempting to bye plants when the weather is so bad. I just long for the warm days when I can get planting. In the meantime the catalogs have me hooked too!

25 Feb, 2011


Good luck with your new plants :o)

25 Feb, 2011


they sound lovely plants. Catalogues are such a temptation arnt they. even worse now most are on-line.

25 Feb, 2011


so today I ordered one wild blueberry, one Alapaha blueberry, one Powderblue and also 25 strawberry plants. For some reason the GCs around here only sell the northern highbush blueberries & we need southern berries, so I had to get them online. I wasn't planning to get that many strawberries but it was only $11 for 25, which I thought was a good buy. This means I have to get my raised bed built over the weekend, or maybe 2 raised beds to accomodate that many plants. It will be really nice to have fresh strawberries in a few months. Yum!!!

26 Feb, 2011


You are going to be busy,Best of luck :)

28 Feb, 2011


I've never been a big veg grower - my parents always had a huge veg garden when we were growing up & I remember my dad starting all of his tomatoes from seed, but for some reason I just haven't done the same. But I've been so inspired by friends' veg gardens and those I've seen here. I did plant a few tomatoes in pots last summer but I didn't get a huge yield; however, those I did get were delicious.

28 Feb, 2011


plants all sound lovely...happy gardening!

28 Feb, 2011

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