Pat and I went to the Holden Arboretum plant sale yesterday. I had a wish list of one plant. I was looking for a couple of marsh marigolds. I have exercised really good self control regarding new stuff this year. I fact, we are a net exporter of plants this year. Another reason to spend an afternoon at Holden is the rhododendron and azalea garden, but that’s for another post.
I kept to the plan until I saw the booths filled with all those wonderful, beautiful plants that all knew my name. We found marsh marigolds at the Chelsea Flower Garden booth. The marigolds were so reasonable that we got 6. Chelsea specializes in native plants. They are located in Middlefield Ohio. They do not have a web site. Some red flowered strawberry plants caught my eye. I have never seen red flowered strawberries. We have white flowered strawberries as groundcover on the back side of the berm. So we got 2 plants. Hey, it’s only 2 plants. An herb vendor caught Pat’s eye so she picked up some herbs, different kinds of basil. I found the mother lode at the Kridler Gardens booth. We knew about this vendor having picked up solomon’s seal a couple years ago at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens plant sale. They had a table of mini-hosta. Pat said something about how cute they looked and so much for self control.
So we didn’t keep to the 2 plant limit, but we didn’t go overboard either (if it sounds like a rationalization, alright, I admit, maybe it kind of is). Now to break the other rule, we need to get some more pots for the mini hosta.