Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How Could I Say No?

My parents visited this last weekend, and since it was raining on Friday, we decided to go to Menards so I could return some things. We were there for over three hours and I spent more money than I got back from the returns.

But... they had $2 quart perennials!!! How could I say no?

I got some great stuff. I even got some things that I have been meaning to try, and, of course, I got some things that I didn't even know I wanted; but $2, no reason not to.

Menards haul
$2 plants:
Dusseldorfer Stolz sea thrift (2)
foxglove (2)
Lucifer crocissima (2)
Ritz Blue pincushion
Amethyst Myst heuchera
Gold Dust basket of gold
Little Leo leopard's bane (2)
Pink Diamond pincushion
english daisy (2)
alpine forget me not (2)
Blue Clips carpathian harebell
$4 plants:
June hosta (2)
Thundercloud sedum
Diane Claire pulmonaria

I also hit the Home Depot:
American Halo hosta
Paul's Glory hosta

And dad needed socks at Shopko:
Dream Queen hosta (got this one for $3.50!)

And the biggest treat of all...Funkie Gardens!

When we heard that Funkie Gardens was closing its doors for good last fall, we were devastated. Where would we go to get all our local grown funky plants?

I cried a little.

I pouted all winter.

Then a month ago we got the bestest news. It was purchased, moved to just north of Stillwater MN and it was opening again this spring! We even got a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase, for being such good past customers. Here's what we got at Funkie Gardens:
Orange Custard daylily
Thunderbolt hosta
Holy Mouse Ears hosta
Autumn Delight/Beka sedum
Red Hawk iris
King's Randsom brunnera
Sagae hosta
Mahogany heuchera
Bath's Pink dianthus

And another thing that has kept me busy...

As my parents were leaving to go back home, the neighbor came over asking if I wanted baby squirrels. The mother had died and these little guys were looking for food and water. Even though those damn squirrels are always tearing up my garden (only last week I had to cayenne pepper my carrot bed AND put up fencing to keep the squirrels from belly-flopping into the bed and making dirt angels), how could I say no? I mean, look at them! We only had to keep them for a couple days while I searched for a rescue center. The nearest one was in Minnesota. That suited me just fine. I got to save baby squirrels AND get three squirrels out of my neighborhood -- WIN-WIN.


Blogger Heather said...

What a great haul! I love it when we can find such great deals on the things we love~ I would have done the same thing with the baby squirrels. They are truly adorable when not systematically destroying the garden!

5/13/2010 7:29 AM  
Blogger Roses and Lilacs said...

Wow, you did real good!!! I'll have to stop by Menards on my way home and see it they are having a sale here.

5/13/2010 9:15 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Heather, this rescue center probably gets a hundred baby squirrels a year, yet when I brought them in they squealed with delight. Truly adorable little critters.

Roses and Lilacs, I had to look twice at the sign that said $2. On quarts? And best thing was, we got there just after they unloaded the plants!

5/13/2010 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I go to garden centers, I can’t stop looking at all those plants, shrubs, flowers... I could just sit there for hours. And I always have to buy something.

You had a lovely shopping day, probably followed by even lovely planting day.

5/13/2010 9:47 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

vrtlarica, I didn't get any of these planted yet. We were due for freezing temps for the couple days after our shopping trip. So, I left them in the car all weekend - a fabulous green house ;) I will be getting them in the ground this weekend.

5/13/2010 11:22 AM  
Blogger The Violet Fern said...

WOW! You will be busy planting! I haven't gone shopping yet because I'm very afraid, very afraid. You made out on some beautiful plants. How cool about the squirrels. They do manage to win you over despite all the antics. Let's hope they didn't tell their friends how nice you are - ha.

5/14/2010 11:39 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

The Violet Fern, I was extremely happy with what they had to offer. I think my most exciting find was the Thundercloud sedum (middle of bottom row).
If they travel that far to come see me, I guess how could I say no?

5/14/2010 12:52 PM  
Blogger Jim Groble said...

Boy, I miss Menards. The closest one is about 120 miles west of us. I would not have said no, but that's why Pat keeps me close when we go plant shopping. Enjoy planting. jim

5/14/2010 8:40 PM  
Anonymous teresa said...

I am so inspired. I am off tomorrow to get plants and I can't wait. Your post makes me anticipate it even more. We had a baby squirrel here last week too but it seemed to be okay and know what it was doing. phewwww. I was afraid I would need to nurse the little devil to health just to watch it ruin my garden. Luckily it ran off seeming fine.

5/14/2010 9:19 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Jim Groble, I didn't have my voice of reason with me.
I will try to get everything planted tomorrow.

Teresa, lots of plants, yes. Lots of squirrels, no.

5/14/2010 10:21 PM  
Blogger The Idiot Gardener said...

Now, if I were you, those squirrels would have gone straight into the pot!

5/15/2010 3:39 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

The Idiot Gardener, we thought about that, but there just wasn't enough meat on them.

5/15/2010 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Northern Shade said...

You got some good deals on your new plants. I clicked to see all of the lined up pots so nicely displayed, and spent time picking my favourites out of the suspect lineup. :)

You lucked out with your favourite plant store reopening. It's great to have some local greenhouses that stock a variety of the less common plants.

5/15/2010 11:59 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Northern Shade, it looks like an instant garden, doesn't it?

I have found that taking pictures of my hauls and posting about them is an excellent way to document what plants I have. I have tried tagging plants in the garden, but have never been successful. If I at least know what the possibilities are I can figure out what something is. Thank goodness for the blog!!

Funkie Garden rocks! Being a shade gardener, you would really appreciate it :)

5/15/2010 1:51 PM  
Blogger Annelie said...

Sheeesh, when are you gonna plant all that?
I'm feeling angst because I love buying plants but hate digging and getting dirty. My soil has mostly rocks and roots. That's why.
I love returning stuff. You always find something new to buy that you can't live without. And sometimes something new to buy to return later.
Cute baby squirrels. I was actually watching some baby squirrels today in our yard. Was too far away for good pics though. Or should I write not good enough of a camera?


5/15/2010 6:36 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Annelie, we got half of the plants in the ground today. some of the plants I have left I have no idea what I am going to do with.

I have another thing to return this weekend. Wonder what I will come back with next?

5/15/2010 10:03 PM  
Blogger Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You found some really great deals on some great plants. It's going to be fun planting them all.
The baby squirrels are so cute, I'd have a hard time saying no too.

5/15/2010 10:43 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Catherine, I hope that they all survive, some of them are marginal.
I was so glad that we found a rehab place for the squirrels.

5/16/2010 10:49 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

awww, I'm glad you rescued those squirrels. Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen a squirrel in baby form before. They're really quite adorable (though they dig up all my bulbs!!).

Wow. $2 perennials??! I would not be able to resist either! What a find.

5/17/2010 9:30 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Wendy, even though squirrels are a huge pain, I can't refuse to help an animal in desperate situations. Plus, I DID get to remove them from my area!
I already have all of these plants in the ground. I usually have them in the their buckets until fall or even the following spring :P

5/19/2010 1:43 PM  

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