getting ready for the spring
All it took was a $20 coupon, a blog review I stumbled across on a random day, and a store that would ship this lovely tree to California… and suddenly we’re ordering plants through the mail!
We’ve been at this whole “gardening” business for a whole 6 months now, and while our thumbs aren’t very green, we’re trying our best to keep the grass that color. We have quite a bit of planting space in our backyard, and we’ve stuck a few plants and trees in the soil, but nothing too crazy.
So we decided to go wild a few weeks back and try our luck with some of these bargain priced online plants. We did check out the reviews on Dave’s Garden, and found most sites to be a pretty mixed bag when sending the plants. But none of the excellently ranked stores would ship us that darn weeping cherry tree, so we just took our chances here with $40 worth of plants. In addition to the three, here’s what we ended up getting:
Is anyone else out there into the online gardening world outside of bulbs and seeds?? Any favorite stores to recommend for next year?!?
I bought limelight Hydrangea from QVC – they are $50 a plant around here, so I searched online, and I found they had three for $30. They are small, but they bloomed this year! I love them so much! That’s the other time/place I’ve bought plants over the net. I get catalogs from Michigan Bulb company too. They have a lot to choose from!
@Lindsey – Oooh! QVC for plants too! :) I’ve seen some great new hydrangea species and I’m drooling for the colors! I haven’t bitten the bullet quite yet though, since I still remember how huge our bush was when I was little.
Aww, take it back, take it back! Lol. I’m a gardener, but am scared what will happen to my beds come spring when I’m 8 months preggers! I love your choices!
@leah – Maybe someone will come and magically garden for you during those months?? :) I heard the baby fairy is good at that stuff!
you going to plant me in your backyard?!?!?!?!?! so exciting!
@janie – Yup yup!!! CB’s EVERYWHERE!
Just be careful with the trumpet vine. That stuff will take over.
I love your choices though.
@Liz – Point noted! We have some of our neighbor’s trumpets coming through the fence now, so I know we’ll be very selective with where we plant it! :)
I have never ordered a whole plant online, but let me know how it goes. All the plants you ordered are pretty hardy and should do very well. Columbine and Clematis are a tad delicate, but I am really not familiar with the climate where you are. It’s November – do you still have grass there? Our grass is on its way out.
@Anita – I will definitely review the process as we go along and let you know! As for grass, we never lose it here, along with most of the hardy plants. And our hibiscus continue to thrive with lots of flowers on them as well. :) This year is all such a grand experiment in gardening for us!
Anita (snow pea)
White Flower Farm. Check them out for this spring. They have beautiful plants! It seems pricey at first, but if you look at the variety and number of plants you are getting, it’s well worth it. I hope last year’s garden went well for you. Lilies are always great!