“Bobbing along, bobbing along on the bottom of the beautiful briny sea.” For the life of me, I can’t remember just where I heard that song. After taking my ginkgo infusion, I seem to remember that a crusty old man was singing it in a movie, but the title eludes me. I believe it must be a rather older Disney movie, but won’t swear to it.
I seem to be just bobbing along this summer, not really doing any “serious” gardening. By serious, I suppose I mean pulling weeds and occasionally fertilizing/watering my containers. Have I dead-headed a single plant? “No,” my petunias resentfully lament. “Not once,” opines the Cosmos, littered with spent flowers rivaling moldy lettuces in attractiveness. And my poor Alyssum needs the horticultural equivalent of a crash cart after three days of sun and not a drop of water. I’m a horticultural serial killer this summer.
After cruising by some home improvement stores (who am I kidding? I spend an enormous amount of time at the paint counters there. We’re down to Behr’s “Rolling Pebble” and “Elephant Skin” for our home exterior. Do cast a vote!) I noticed that most of their plants for sale are still full price. This illustrates to me just how out of touch the rest of the country’s retail schedule is with Alaska.
We are practically a different country here: call us Canada West or Southern North Pole. When July rolls around, Alaskans start that resigned sighing known as “it’s practically the end of summer”. The desperation doesn’t start ‘til August, but the cooler temps start then also. Don’t smirk, you’d be desperate if summer was only 3 months long, too!
So here we have only two more summerish months and Home Depot still wants $30 for a dahlia? I gasp at paying $12 at the beginning of summer for my favorite orange dahlia every year. Spending $30 on one annual might push me into the “society page heiress” category of plant purchasing.
I’m wondering just what the plant spending habit break down is for avid gardeners. Do most buy full price? Only on discount? Sow their own? I tend to buy annual cell packs full price, but look for deals on anything bigger than a 4” pot. Of course I occasionally splurge on the bling, like my $12 dahlia or a really unusual perennial/shrub/tree, but not often enough to call myself a plant heiress. Good grief, I can’t even be bothered this year to water what I have, I shouldn’t be thinking of acquiring more victims. “Christine, you’re needed in the plant ER, STAT!! And bring your watering can and felcos, woman.”
(Rolling Pebble on the left and Elephant Skin on the right. Adventurous, no?)
How much is too much, for a plant? Would you pay $30 for an annual?