I was at a couple of garden centres last weekend, on the hunt for bedding plants. The busy time for those sales here, is about end of May early June. This year has been a bit of a let down for this type of business, its been wet and too cold for plants.
I found one container of a type of plant I was interested in, in the first centre, (there were not many bedding plants around) the other container, the guy would not sell me because the plants were not saleable quality, something had been eating the leaves, and/or they were underdeveloped. I took them anyway, free of charge. I reckoned planting them was worth a try.
The second centre had lots bedding plants for sale, like Petunias and Mimulas, all at reduced prices. In addition to that, when I was at the till, the lady there, asked me if I was aware there was a special offer on…No says I, rather disingenuously, I thought, as I had seen the reduced notice on the main door when I arrived. But, no, there was an offer I did not know about: some of the bedding plant selections were two for the price of one. I went home with far more plantlings than I had ground space for. 88|
So, in for a penny, in for a pound, as they say. The excesses were shared between a shaded natural corner where, I have, I hope, some less cultivated future growth developing under the ground. The remainder of the plantlings went into a flower box, and a large plant bowl. We shall see how it all does.
My Perennials are blooming really well, irrespective of the lack of sunshine and warmth.
If last year’s efforts are anything to go by, (early June plantings, not July like this year) I might just enjoy nature’s bounty for a short while.
I felt really tired when I had done my little bit for the garden. I finally relaxed into a chair after our evening meal, and we both ended up listening to BBC Radio 3 for the rest of the evening, to My Fair Lady, the musical, one of this year’s Promenade Concerts, (The Proms, at The Royal Albert Hall, London). It was excellent. In the interval, we had the benefit of hearing the discussion on the background to G.B Shaw’s play, (on which the musical is based) which was held earlier in the day. What a great way to use the time slot. :yes:
My Fair Lady is one repeat of a Proms performance I would like to see, (not just hear) on TV at some future date. The performance, without intervals, was a couple of hours. It would be good to settle down with it for an evening’s light entertainment, when the day’s have shortened, the night’s have drawn in, and when the plant life in the garden is resting. The very thought of it makes me smile.