Hello everyone! Saturday afternoon on my way to town I told dad I was going to go to the greenhouse after I came back home. I asked him if he wanted to go and he said he guessed he could. I knew he thought I was going to just one but that wasn’t in my plans.
When I was in town I noticed one of the local garden clubs was having a plant sale. I just had to see what they had. I bought a Spearmint (Mentha spicata)…
Oregano-Origanum vulgare… AND
Bee Balm-Monarda. Don’t know the species or cultivar YET. I asked one lady what the name of it was and she said it is a Bee Balm. She said it has red flowers. I asked her what cultivar it was. I said, “You know, the name. Like is it ‘Jacob Cline’.” (Because they have red flowers). She called another lady. The other lady said, “It is a Bee Balm and it has red flowers.” When I went to pay I said, “I am the Belmont Rooster”. They looked at me with a big question mark on their face because they had no idea what that even meant. Then I told them I had a blog called The Belmont Rooster and what it was about. I told them I had the blog twice before and recently put it back up. I told them when it is finished it will have over 400 pages of plants that I have grown. They wrote the name of the blog down. Wonder what will happen next… Probably nothing because the garden clubs in Leland, Mississippi avoided me like I had the plague. I know I was an outsider, and a so-called Yankee from Missouri… Maybe I was the crazy plant guy in the big white house.
When I returned home I snuck the plants out of the car and went inside. Dad was getting on his shoes. We got in the car and backed out of the driveway. Dad was confused because I went the wrong direction. He asked where I was going and I told him I was going to Mast’s Greenhouse first… I know when he got in the car he didn’t know he was going on an adventure.
Dad thought I was going to get tomatoes and maybe peppers but he wasn’t surprised when I picked up a few extra plants. Mast’s has a good selection of bedding plants, a few perennials, some succulents (not near as many as last year) and a garden center.
I had been there earlier but I didn’t buy anything. The first thing I picked up was cabbage. I didn’t see the variety I really wanted, so I settled for ‘Bravo’. That’s odd… The bottom left corner is missing from the photo. I have taken photos where they look fine until I add them to a post and then they are half missing. This is my first for a missing corner.
Of course, dad wanted always wants the variety of tomato called ‘Beefsteak’ but I don’t like them. They have big green shoulders that that is not good. I bought a 4 pack of ‘Celebrity’ from Mast’s but I shouldn’t have bought any tomatoes from them at all. They did have a lot and a good selection, but they had a lot of BUGS! Whiteflies. I told the owner and he said they had a bad insect problem this year.
I picked up this little Chenille plant, Acalypha hispida, then when I went to Wagler’s she had some that looked even better. I love the hanging baskets with these plants but I didn’t want to pay that much.
I think I bought the Rosemary, Rosmarinus Officinalis, from Masts. I haven’t figured out where to put it yet, though.
Muddy Creek is a few miles down the same road as Mast’s. They had some really nice tomato plants when I went there with my sister last year. They basically have the same type of bedding and vegetable plants as the others, but they also have a good selection of Hosta… The Hosta were right in front of the car so I checked to see if they had ‘Empress WU’. They had ONE left, in a half gallon pot for $11.50… Ummm. I needed tomato plants. My mind was thinking. Should I buy the ‘Empress WU’ and get more cash from dad for tomatoes? Here’s the problem. The Amish do not take debit cards so I took $20 in cash. I also took my dad in case I ran out of money. The other reason I took my dad was so I wouldn’t buy too many plants. Not that he would really care but for some reason with him there I tend to hold back a little. One reason is that I don’t want to ask him for money. The other is that if I get the money from him for tomato plants, I feel like I have to buy what he wants me to. If it is my money I feel like I can get what I want. I definitely have to get him off of ‘Beefsteak’ tomatoes because they are a waste of space in the garden. NOT a beefsteak type of tomato, but the variety ‘Beefsteak’. There are many beefsteak varieties.
I went inside the greenhouse and luckily they didn’t have ‘Beefsteak’. I did buy a 4-pack of four varieties. They have many varieties of hybrids as well as several heirlooms. I choose ‘Big Beef’, ‘Goliath’, ‘Black Krim’ and ‘German Johnson’. The last two are heirloom varieties. No need to put photos of all of them in the post since they all look alike.
Tomatoes are all I bought from Muddy Creek, but I am thinking about going back out there and buying the Hosta ‘Empress WU’. $11.50 for that variety is not expensive and they are AWESOME! Trust me, I have paid MUCH more for Hosta in the past. In 1981 I paid $50.00 for a Hosta ‘Samurai’.
This was the first time I visited Wildwood and I was impressed. Not as large as the others, but the selection and quality was really good. He even had many succulents and several Sempervivum hybrids from Chick Charms®. Of course, I am sure he didn’t know the story behind them. The quality was great and I may have bought a few but dad was with me. BUT, I should refrain from buying too many succulents because of overwintering issues. Also, I noticed that many were unlabeled which I knew would drive me insane.
Now, when you first see this photo you are thinking it is an Elephant Ear. Well, that is partly true. I know when I put it in the car dad probably had blank look on his face. I didn’t look at him so I am not really sure. He didn’t say anything but I am sure he was thinking, “Why in the world did he buy another one of those?” I have quite a few Colocasia esculenta bulbs I haven’t even set out yet because of the temperature of the soil and the ground is too wet. I don’t want them to rot. BUT, this is NOT a Colocasia esculenta. This is a Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’. I had one two different times in Mississippi and I did not bring the last one with me when I came back here in 2013. SO, I had to have another one. I am very anxious to see how big it gets here. I planted it next to the porch on the north side of the house.
That’s all I bought from Wildwood.
Wagler’s Greenhouse has been here longer than the others. In fact, until my sister mentioned Muddy Creek last year, I didn’t even know there was more than one. Mrs. Wagler and I have been exchanging plants since the spring of 2013 and she always has a very good assortment. Annuals, perennials, cactus and succulents, houseplants and vegetables.
Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina Red’-Sea Thrift. I bought seeds of these from Stokes in 2012 when I was in Mississippi but I didn’t have any luck growing them. They come in pink or red so I had to look for one with a red flower. The only time I buy something with pink flowers is if I don’t have a choice. Pink is not my color, seems to “girly” for me. I put this one next to the side porch, too.
Lobelia cardinals-Cardinal Flower. I always wanted to try these but never bought any until now. Wagler’s had them in these smaller pots for $1.25 each so I bought three. Other garden centers, like Lowe’s, usually have them in bigger pots for a lot more money. I planted all three in a group on the left side of the side porch.
I couldn’t find any ‘Big Bertha’ sweet bell peppers anywhere because they were all sold out. SO, I settled for a variety called ‘Red Knight’. They are a typical sweet bell pepper…
SO, in all, I bought 15 plants from 4 greenhouses on Saturday. At least I did get dad out of the house for a while and I think he enjoyed the drive. He mainly commented on the cattle. He only got out of the car at Mast’s, but he did get to see the countryside.
The garden is tilled now, and it rained again so the soil is settled enough to plant. I have found out that if I plant right after I till the seeds don’t come up as well. I use a Garden Way Seeder and I always have to poke some of the seeds into the soil. After it rains I have to do it AGAIN and sometimes replant. The seeds that get too deep sometimes rot. NOW I have to wait for the right sign. Dad says I have to plant when the Almanac says. If I plant when it isn’t the right sign and some of the seeds don’t come up, it will be because it wasn’t the eight sign. If I don’t get a good yield, it will be because I planted in the wrong sign. If we get a drought and they don’t do well, it will be because I planted in the wrong sign. Dad says even if we don’t get rain if you plant in the right sign the garden will still do well. Personally… I am not convinced. I should experiment and plant on the good sign and also on a barren day to see what happens.
Well, that’s it for this post! I need to work on the pages to the right. I say that every day! SO, I am going to do that right now.
Hope you have had a great weekend and have a wonderful week. Get outside and breathe some good fresh air. Enjoy your time with nature and mother earth. Listen to the beds singing. Just stand there outside, close your eyes and listen. You may have to work at that if you are in the city… One more thing…. GET DIRTY!!!