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Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday Gardening

IMG_1476So, you’re taking a vacation day on Thursday? Don’t most people take a Friday or Monday off? Yeah, yeah, but most people are not fanatical about plant sales.

Thursday was the first day of the Houston Garden Club’s annual Bulb & Plant Mart. This is one of the biggest plant sales of the year! I arrived about 30 minutes after they opened and it was a mad house. There were gardeners and wagons everywhere.

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This year I pre-ordered my bulbs. They were already bagged and paid for when I arrived-roman hyacinth, scilla peruviana, anemones, freesia, and crinum americanum.  The crinum americanum is already in it’s new home in the rain garden along with a couple iris japonica and freesia laxa that I picked up inside the bulb house.

My wagon filled up quickly with various perennials destined for unknown locations around my yard. As I was scoping out the plants, Cindy from MKOK appeared. Wow, we haven’t seen each other since Buffa10! We chatted quickly then we were back to the hunt.

I noticed the checkout line growing longer as I circled the tree section of the sale. I thought if I just made a few more passes around all the booths the line would get shorter. Well, the line actually doubled while I was killing time. An hour or so later, I was wheeling my little red wagon full of plants towards my car. Luckily, the time passed quickly, I was in line behind Diana Liga one of the Permaculture instructors for Urban Harvest, aspiring market gardener, & chicken wrangler. We are both vegetarian gardeners with software developer husbands, what are the odds!?

The sale continues through Saturday. Check their website for the schedule and catalog of plants.

2 comments:

  1. You are much more efficient than I am. I had planned to do the pre-order this year but let the time get away from me and didn't. I'll definitely try to do that next year.

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  2. I love your Ageratum...I'm glad you kept them around! I also really adore the Salvia and Gomphrena combination...just lovely!

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