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Flower shopping again; I have my work cut out for me this weekend

Friday, May 21, 2010

Here is a picture of my clematis vine I took yesterday.

I was bummed when I woke up this morning and heard it raining; I was really hoping it would hold off til the afternoon, as I had plans to check out our town's farmer's market today. But it wasn't a heavy rain, and I decided to go anyway. I didn't want to miss it after looking forward to it all week. It's only on Tuesdays and Fridays. I get my blood checked again on Tuesday, and I was afraid if I waited to go next week, I wouldn't be able to go because with my luck, my WBC would end up being too low and my doctor would want me staying home and away from people, and I didn't want to end up waiting another whole week to go.

I went with my dad. It wasn't raining too hard by the time he picked me up at my place, just a light rain by then, and while I was looking around the farmer's market, it was more of a light drizzle. There was a nice selection of plants there, but I still didn't see what I wanted for my large planter, I did get a couple of plants though that I had never tried before, monkey flower and amaranthus. I'll go back again after Memorial Day to look at the plants again, that's usually when the vendors start marking things down, and I usually wait til then to buy a lot of my perennials. And I am looking forward to when there is a bigger variety of produce too.

We went to a local greenhouse next; I found something there for my large planter. I am doing an assortment of yellow and orange marigolds, with blue salvia, and some other little blue flowers. The name of those escapes me now; I know what they are, they are quite common and I buy them every year, but I guess I am having a case of "chemo brain" today; it's bugging me that I can't think of what they are called! I also bought a sweet potato vine and a really pretty coleous that is kind of speckled looking.

My dad needed some potting soil, so we stopped at Menard's on the way home. Of course, while he was getting his soil, I had to look at the plants there too, lol! Bought 3 more small ones there.

I will have plenty to keep me busy this weekend. I am hoping to get out and do some tomorrow, but there is still a chance of rain, but Sunday sounds like it will be nice.

Here are a couple pics of what I got today:

Early this afternoon, I got out between rain showers for a short 13 minute walk. Didn't take my MP3 today; I just wanted to take a slow walk and check out my neighbor's yards and see what flowers and plants they had growing, and I also get ideas that way of things I want to do in my yard. I live in a mobile home park, so I can look at a lot of yards on short walk. I know mobile home parks sometimes have bad reputations, but the one I live in is very nice, and a nice neighborhood. A lot of my neighbors have very nice yards and some really go all out with the flowers and plants in the summer. The owners of the park really take good care of things here. They live here also, and also plant a lot of flowers.
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    Yes, thank you Teri! That is lobelia!
    2891 days ago
  • TERI99
    Beautiful choices. I just love the beauty of flowers surrounding me. I think the little blue ones are lobelia. Very pretty! Sounds like a great walk. I love looking at my neighbors' gardens when I walk. I'm so glad you were feeling well enough to get out and enjoy the spring weather.
    2891 days ago
    You're way ahead of me! Your plants look beautiful. Happy planting!
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    2891 days ago
    Your yard is going to be beautiful!! Hope the rain holds off until you have time to work in the yard! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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    2891 days ago
    The coleus just looks better and better every year. One of these times I will try it, too. Hope your memory is feeling better tomorrow. I am forever trying to remember the name of something or other (more likely someONE or other!)
    2891 days ago
    I really like your flowers very much. I spend a lot of time in the garden planting flowers and bushes. I just love the Periwinkles and they grow so well here. I can take cuttings and let them root. That way I can have a lot of them without a lot of expense. I a, sorry to hear about your chemo. I hope the flowers make you happy.
    2891 days ago
    I am really glad that you live in a nice mobile home park. I think that you should be proud of the way that you take care of your area.
    2891 days ago
    I love your plant selection.

    It doesn't matter where you live, as long as they have flowers, in my opinion ... lol People that plant and tend to flowers are just a bit nicer ...

    Welcome to the world of 'chemo brain'! It's been one year since chemo for me and it's finally getting better ... or I'm just getting used to it ... hmmm
    2891 days ago
    I like hearing about the plants you bought. I like the pictures too. Sorry I can't help you with the name of the plant.
    2891 days ago
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