Gardening wish lists. Some are written down. Some are mental. Some are dreams that I'll never actually fulfill due to zone boundaries. It's fair to say no matter which list an item falls under, I'm always on the lookout for it wherever I go. Is that true for all gardeners? Is that list ever complete or satisfied? With each one I cross off the list ---it seems a couple more are added in its place. Such is the gardening life I've found and I'm okay with it.
There are a few specific plants (hmmm, aren't they all?) I've had on my wish list since last summer. I've managed to cross off many of them and have found comfy homes for them in my garden. Most of the time it isn't a matter of finding a home for them, there is usually a home prepared for them while waiting for their adoption.
Some of her garden is featured in the above photos. Her knockout roses are doing well after a severe post-winter pruning. Roses are a favorite of hers that she'll add to as her garden grows. She's got climbing roses on her wish list. Then there is the container garden that bedecks her front porch greeting those who enter with its cheery blooms. The perennial yellow african iris was the builder's choice. They've kept them at the corner of the front porch for its low-maintenance feathery green addition to the landscape. My favorites were the amazon dianthus she planted this spring with their plump rounded heads made up of oh so many deep fuchsia pink flowers... they are the centerpiece of one bed standing tall at 2-3 feet. The white bleeding heart is blooming nicely, too.
As soon as we pulled into the parking lot of Tallahassee Nurseries I found myself surprisingly awe struck. It occured to me I'd never been to a garden center this large or this well supplied and organized. Now keep in mind, I'm the one from the big metropolis and we don't have anything like this where I live. I was like a kid in a candy store. My first feelings were that I didn't know where to start or how to take it all in at first.
It was so nicely laid out with paved walkways, seating areas, and orderly sections of every imaginable shrub, perennial, annual, seed packet, container, statues, benches, bird baths, rocks, stones, and general garden supplies. I decided right then and there it's a very good thing for my pocket book that I live 300 miles away and only visit occasionally.
As soon as we stepped out of the car at this center we were greeted with the heady scent of wisteria. This one's blooms dripping from a pergola and its sweetness wafting through the air on the soft breezes a cool front was bringing through the area.
This time it was an American Painted Ladies butterfly that caught my attention feeling right at home posing for me on the pink and yellow lantana.
It's real important when shopping for plants out of town to have enough room in the vehicle to get them back home. It was a close call but once I fit all the plants in I managed to pile the rest of our belongings in the back seat. I'm getting pretty adept at this out-of-town-shopping-at-the-garden-center thing. It's almost like acquiring a passalong.