All of my favorite perennials

This morning I made my annual trip to my favorite garden center. I spent two minutes picking tomatoes and cucumbers and ½ hours perusing the perennials. What a blast!


I had planned to buy a pussy willow bush for the new shrub row I’m putting where we had to remove trees in the winter. You see my mom had a pussy willow bush at her house in Palmerton. I actually hit it when I was learning to drive, well learning to back up.


I asked the center owner where they were and she told me, but said it doesn’t look a pussy willow bush right now because it just has leaves. Well I never did find it, but I started thinking I can find pussy willows in the wild. And they have a short “bloom” life. And I found so many more interesting things when I was back in that corner.


I always wanted a butterfly bush. There were several Summer Beauty pink and Ellen’s Blue. The summer beauty had a photo, but I wasn’t sure about the blue one. Wasn’t sure if I’d like it, so I bought a very small ($3.95) Black Knight. No, not it’s named after  Batman. That’s the Dark Knight. I thought I would like the darker color. I came home and looked at Ellen’s Blue and realized that would have been really pretty.

I bought a few more items on my always wanted list. I bought a deep blue delphinium and a Dalmatian white foxglove.  I’m so excited. I also bought a drought tolerant plant with little pink flowers but I already forgot the name.


I came home and started weeding before I planted. After about 15 minutes it started raining (so what’s new?) so I quickly planted the tomatoes and the perennials.

I got all the perennials planted except the foxglove because I was wearing my contacts and I can’t read with them. I couldn’t figure out how tall it would grow so I couldn’t plot a space for it. (Yes, I know some gardeners have that figured out before they buy it. OK, I’m not one of them).

Then it started raining so hard I couldn’t see anything. So I took a break to jot some notes here.

Looks like the sun is back out. Back to weeding. Tomorrow, we’ll plant the dahlias.

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