Remember the TV show where a contestant was given the chance to choose and keep as many items as she could shove into a shopping cart in just one minute? That is how I felt Tuesday when I stopped in at a favorite garden center, Southern States, while my husband waited in the car.
I have grown some snapdragons from seeds for the first time, but was looking for the immediate gratification of fully blooming plants.
I took the last Erysimum on the shelf. I grew ‘Sugar Rush Red’ once before and it did well for a couple of years.
I have not planted pansies in recent years, though a few pop up in springtime from past lives. These will be bright and cheery and the white dianthus will make a nice companion.
At the end of five minutes my cart was full and I had to rush on. Sometimes you can buy a little happiness.
Corona™ White Dianthus (Dianthus chinensis)
Ultima Radiance Lilac Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana)
Sorbet® XP White Viola (Viola cornuta) Common Name : Horned Violet
Sorbet® XP True Blue Viola (Viola cornuta) Common Name : Horned Violet
Erysimum ‘Sugar Rush Red’ (Wallflower)
Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet White’ (Snapdragon)
Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet Bronze’ (Snapdragon)
Antirrhinum majus ‘Rocket Mix’ (Snapdragon)
Lovely, you will have some beautiful colour for a while yet, will they all continue through your winters?
Pansies will survive very cold temperatures and will bloom through the winter. Snapdragons may not look as nice but both they and pansies will bounce back in late winter and bloom until it gets hot. I should have planted them much sooner though so they could have time to adjust before our soon to arrive cold weather.
Yes, you can buy happiness, especially at the nursery. I do it all the time!
Wonderful how renourishing nurseries can be!
Better than shoe shopping.
Bronze Snaps are my favorite! Well done shopping.
I wasn’t familiar with the name but now will look for them again. Cheery colors.
I hope all do well, Susie. I’ve got some snapdragon seeds on the shelf waiting to be sown but after seeing the plants in 6-packs at the garden center I may pick pick some of those up too. Snapdragons are magnets for rust here but I plan to space them more widely this year to see if improving the air circulation helps.
Hope giving them extra space helps with the rust Kris. I support you if you decide to pick up the six-packs! My plants from seeds did ok but I started them late and now they need to be planted. It will drop to 20F. tonight!
You have described a gardener’s dream shopping trip. 🙂
It did feel pretty good Judy!
Winter is going to pretty around your house!
Thanks Eliza. Will be nice to see a few flowers through winter.
I like the results of your supermarket rush. Lovely snapdragons
Thanks—I would have loved to linger and check out all the plants but this was fun.
Wow, you did well in five minutes! Not sure I have ever managed to limit my stay in a garden centre like that! 😉 Our garden centres are practically empty now anyway. Enjoy all that late colour Susie!
Thanks Cathy! Even five minutes lifted my spirits.
You got some real beauties. I noticed my ‘Rocket Mix’ snapdragons are still alive–even after we had a low of 8F the other night. They’re near the house, on the west side–so they get warm afternoon sun. But still–that’s amazing. Enjoy your new beauties!
Thanks Beth, that is amazing.
I love the colors, those will make such a nice splash of color this winter and they’re a great reward for making it through the heat of summer! Here things are transitioning to gray with colder weather on the way. Enjoy planting!
Thanks Frank. We gardeners have to get a fix of color any way we can.
I love the idea of instant gratification as my efforts from seed have been hit or miss at best. Lovely choices!
Thank you Ricki! Zinnias are my only seed-related success.
Love the color of that wallflower. I’ve somehow got the impression that they are difficult to grow.
These three wallflowers were the only ones left. I wondered if people just didn’t like that color but I was excited. I’m hoping these will hang on during winter and wake up again in early spring.
Wallflower is so impressive nowadays! I remember when it was either mauve or yellow.