Sunday, 30 May 2010

Retail Therapy



An opportunity to indulge in some welcome plant retail therapy this weekend as plants sales seem to be thick and fast on the ground. Yesterday was our garden club sale .Typically the day started wet and in fact continued most wet throughout. I must have had a premonition as I decided not to have a plant stall this year. So I was delighted not to be traipsing round in the rain early in the morning, gathering up crates of plants and desperately searching for loose change at thevery last moment. No frantic labeling as I realise that a dozen or so pots have escaped my beady eye and although I know what they are potential buyers may not. Instead I could take my time and although I helped my friend D. on her busy stall I had plenty of time to wander round the other stalls at my leisure. I came away with some unamed plants including a white phlox and a purple campanula as well as a cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum', which I have been contemplating buying for some time.

Today it was further afield to another plant sale about five miles away or so. At the advice of friend D. we arrived just before the start time of 11.00am. I am so glad that we did as within half hour the sales area had been decimated. The sale was not due to finish until 2.00pm so latecomers would have been rather disappointed. Coming home with me was the oak fern that you can see below~



a phormium to replace the one I lost in the winter as well as monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet'. Before we left there was time for a walk round the windswept hilltop garden with its fine view of the Cheshire countryside. Better weather is predicted for tomorrow, the ground is warm and damp so ideal planting conditions for my new purchases.

12 comments:

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  2. That oak fern is gorgeous! I think I am not the only who is finding shopping for plants more fun than shopping for clothes...or even food...;-)

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  3. Anna, Normally I'm not much of a shopper -- but I make a big exception for plant shopping, which I find very therapeutic! -Jean

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  4. Your oak fern glows with a soft green in that light, very pretty. It seems like you were well prepared at the plant sales, including ht early start.

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  5. Retail plant therapy, or any plant therapy! is the best kind, it just keeps on giving! How wonderful to be able to peruse at your leisure and good timing on your part helped add to the pleasure, no doubt. :-)
    Frances

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  6. Anna, I'm totally envious - what great plant choices! The oak fern is beautiful.

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  7. Your oak is gorgeous, and I completely agree that shopping for plants is therapy. Coincidentally, I just posted about it as well. Glad you had a successful trip. :)

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  8. I love the oak fern.

    Nothing better than a bit of retail therapy. I've just bought some aquatics for the neglected pond. 90 euros gone in about 10 seconds flat

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  9. That's my kind of weekend, looking round plant sales and parting with some cash. Your purchases sound lovely.

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  10. You can often find interesting treasures at plant sales so how nice to spoil yourself and enjoy other's stalls.

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  11. Hi Anna~~ Besides being in the garden, plant sales are my favorite place to be. It sounds like you had a great time. I hope you'll keep us posted on the progress of your Cirsium. I tried to grow this but couldn't keep it alive which is ironic considering its lowly social status--a confounded weed. LOL. I must have given it too much love. Albeit from a distance as it was a prickly thing. I do miss those awesome flowers. Way better than its weedy cousins.

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.