OMG I loved this weekend so hard. This is a pic of me absolutely BLISSED OUT after bringing home over 100 new plants. So many new plant babies!!! Edibles and flowering ornamentals for the birds and pollinators. Yay!!!
My local nursery has a great fall sale that I plan my year around. I spent a little over $200 for all these plants. I buy small plants, they’re cheap, transplant better, and quickly catch up in size. It’s important to realize that some of these are going to die too, so no point in buying bigger, more expensive ones. I used to beat myself up about plant deaths and feel like if I was a ‘good gardener’ everything would flourish, but that’s just not true. I’m very careful about buying the right plant for the right place (the most important and hardest thing to do when plant shopping!) but some of them still aren’t going to be able to hang with our clay soil, or they may get shaded out, or they may be too slow to compete with the weeds, or maybe they’ll get taken out by pests before I have a chance to notice...🤷♀️ It happens! This is just part of the process. I’ve gotten a lot better at predicting which plants will do well, but there will still be a few deaths. Next year I’ll be back at the sale and will fill any empty spaces with the plants that thrived.
Some of the plants I am most excited about: a new citrus to add to our collection, Vaniglia Sanguigno, a vanilla blood orange (which my son helped plant in second pic 💕). Three more blueberries, so we now have 7 on our little urban homestead. Some clematis vines that can handle some shade and will hopefully give us and our neighbors some privacy. A Vitex tree, which is not only beautiful but also super drought tolerant and has lots of medicinal qualities. And a large shrub called Family Jewels which has big hairy seed balls that look exactly like their name implies 😳😂
I’ll be busy planting this week! This would take me a day to plant and mulch if it weren’t for having to put everything in gopher baskets. With the baskets (plus being a SAHM without much child free time) it will take me the whole week. Damn gophers. But even they can’t ruin my mood. New plant babies!!! Yay yay yay!!!