My nursery visit the other day was recharging, but also disappointing. I was hoping to get some ideas for plants to add to my garden, but what I saw instead was this:

Not the full-sized "spring is here" plants I somehow expected, but rows and rows of perennials at the correct stage of growth for this climate at this time of year.


Okay, maybe they're a little bit ahead of similar plants that are growing in my garden -- these have been growing in a greenhouse after all -- but they're obviously not shipped in from California or other warmer climates.

So instead of walking the aisles between plants I read tags and tried to see the potential in these almost-empty pots.

Some were easier to visualize than others.

It takes a great leap of faith to buy perennials at this time of year, when all you can see is what seems to be a dead stick firmly buried in some potting mix:

Whereas something like this is a little easier to shell out for:

A few of the plants were quite full. Not full-sized, but not tiny either:

Still though, not the emotional recharge I was looking for.

I guess that's why they had these out too:

That's the table where  my recent post about color came from.

Although this nursery has become too expensive for my tastes in the last few years, I bought a couple of small herbs which were still a reasonable price ($2.99).

Looking only does a certain amount of recharge. To get the full effect you really need to buy a plant or two, right?


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Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (March 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM)  

Wow, $2.99 for herbs. That's like a seed packet here.

Alan  – (March 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM)  

Maywyn: there's another nursery here that sells $1.25 herbs and perennials (grown from seed). Or maybe they're $1.75 this year. It was the best deal around, other than starting the seeds yourself.

Rock rose  – (March 12, 2013 at 4:08 PM)  

But no chocolate daisy or mallow? You need to have a word with them. I had a word with them at HD yesterday when i asked if they had Gopher plant. Never heard of it was their reply. End of conversation! I am going to check for you this week.

Alan  – (March 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM)  

Nope, I've never seen chocolate daisy locally. The mallow either. I think they tend to cater to common tastes around here, which is why the one seasonal nursery has thousands of plain geraniums and petunias each spring.

The Gardening Blog  – (March 13, 2013 at 4:28 AM)  

Oh dear - I feel your disappointment. No excitement from me! I find the inspiration comes when you have a "story" together! Hang in there! It will come!

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