I'm way behind this year. Way, way behind. Usually by now I've got my whole yard planted. In past years by the third week of May I have the annual flower beds planted, the containers are filled, and the veggies are securely tucked away in their summer home. I'm several weeks behind at best. Today I decided to get serious, so I visited my four favorite nurseries in town and bought a bundle. At the first stop I bought some items for my containers. Million bells, sutera and lobelia were loaded onto the cart.
Then I spied this sweet little ceramic blackbird and lost all concentration. I'm such a sucker for garden nick-nacks. I paid for the flowers and the bird, got in the car, realized how easy it is for me to get side-tracked, and decided to get more serious.... (He's cute, isn't he? He has funny little beady eyes and a smile on his beak.) Uhhh, where was I...
At the second stop I bought two grocery carts full of container plants. You could say I was getting warmed up. I filled the trunk with geraniums, gerbera daisies, African daisies, marigolds, New Guinea impatiens, nemesia and nicotiana.
At the third stop I bought some plants to add "interest" to the containers, like ... spikes, vincas, asparagus ferns, and coleus. This last purchase facilitated a stop back home because there was no longer any room in the car. I spent the next half hour traipsing back and forth from my car to the back yard dumping off all the loot.
Back in the car. I was just getting started. Four flats of impatience were added to the car at the last stop. That's 288 plants. Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Then I had to buy 7 large bags of potting mix and 3 large bags of compost. The back of my car barely skimmed the pavement as I rode home, and the car took on the air of a cow pasture. A little too "earthy" for my taste.
The good news: The impatience, all 288 of them, got planted. Six containers got filled with a variety of beautiful blooms.
The bad news: I'm so sore I can't move, and I have many, many more containers to fill.