My sister and I spent the day yesterday in Indy, plant shopping. We usually go down once a year, in the late summer, just to search for plant bargains. We try to hit all of the major garden centers, have lunch, and maybe even get to a half-price bookstore. We found our bargain plants a Habig's, we each got about 10 new plants at $2.00 each. They still looked really good, so we were very excited. We didn't find much at the other nursery's, so after getting lost a few times, we found a half-price bookstore, and spent about an hour there. I always head first to the clearance area, and then check out the gardening section. I picked up several garden books for $1.00 each, and in the garden section, found the newly released "The $64 Tomato". I was surprised to find this book, considering that it was just published this year. I am about 1/3 of the way through it, and have to say that I can so relate to a lot of what he writes about. I wonder how many of us gardeners have spent this much money to grow the perfect tomato, or other vegetable. It is a very humorous book, and well written.
The hibiscus are at the height of beauty right now. This one, "Blue River II", I bought at a local nursery a few years ago for my moon garden. When I took it to the counter to buy it, the employee ringing up the sale claimed that is was mis-marked, and should be priced a lot higher than the tag said. They gave it to me for the price it was marked, but weren't to happy about it.
I spent most of today watering. I was thinking about last year and remembering that I never once had to use a sprinkler all of last year. That was the first time that happened since we moved to this property 17 years ago. I am definitely making up for it this year. I am so tired of dragging hoses around the yard, and trying to decide who needs water the most, the vegetable garden, the shrubs beds, or the perennial borders. I try to get them all at least once a week. Every time I water I think to myself that we surely will have rain before I need to water again, but that isn't happening. Oh well, enough whining about the weather, it's Indiana, tomorrow we could have snow!