If I were writing a news story about the blooms found in the garden today, I daresay it would begin something like this:
"Greigii Tulips 'Tsar Peter' triumph over frigid temperatures & heavy snow:"
"Triumph" because it feels like nothing less.
An uphill battle all the way to even get a bloom, and now a clump no less.
"Elation" is what it feels like to this winter-weary gardener.
I desperately hope it's the start of something different....
Elation was also the feeling when this antique colander was spotted at a local barn sale last week:
The largest colander I've ever seen ~ 15" wide and 9" tall!!! Wonder what it was used for???
Could it be copper too???
The design around the rim is interesting.
I bought it thinking it would make a nice planter (with drainage already in place) but now that it's home, I can think of a million more ways to use it!
Maybe stuff it full of Hort Couture's 'Smallwood Driveway' Coleus:
Drop dead gorgeousness, right there!
Aren't those colors to die for???
Perhaps a pop of 'Cascadias Rim Magenta' Petunia too?? Not that it needs anything else...
Hmmmm. Maybe more "playing" is in order?
That's the fun of this time of year, isn't it?? So many options, the combinations are endless.
I guess you can tell greenhouse shopping has kicked into gear (even tho our safe planting date isn't until Mother's Day)???
Just following the motto, "the good stuff goes first so it's best to shop early & often!"
Especially when quantities are limited.
Like with all the Hort Couture plants. There are only ever a few available in each variety. Case in point, Gerbera Crazy Daisy 'Eyecatcher Double:'
Despite never having luck growing them, the color "wowed" me into trying once again.
Is 2013 the year for success???? I hope!
So far the shopping has been good considering our slow start. Expensive but good. 4" pots in our area are selling anywhere from $4.98 to $7.50!!!
I'm carefully considering my purchases...
I can't wait to see what everyone else is buying & bringing home. Wonder what you'll show me that I'll just "have to have??!!!" Something more spectacular for my new "old" colander????