We are getting ready to plant a few new flowers. With this in mind we visited one of our local garden centers, our first of the year.
Bear greeted us inside with a request for all customers to wear their masks. It's a different world but everyone seems to be very good about it, happy to say.
I checked out all the knickknacks first.
The bears didn't go home with me but one of these plant pots did, the one in the middle. I needed a new one and I liked the design.
This prettily painted slate had the garden's name on it, but I decided to replace it with a positive quote.
Thought these were cute little guys. They said they were all hanging in there.
Liked the wind chimes and the basket.
The cat was looking up at the birds?
There are fairy gardens everywhere, my favorite being the one at Meadowlark Gardens. I look forward to going there again, hopefully soon.
I get in touch with my inner child around Fairy Gardens.
They appeal to my whimsical side.
These are Foam Flowers. I saw them as I was leaving the garden center.
Forgot to take note where I read this, but it said: "Foam flowers form clumps with its lobed, evergreen foliage; it spreads by underground stems or rhizomes, although the eastern American species, T. cordifolia, commonly called the heartleaf foam flower, also expands via above-ground runners (otherwise known as stolons). The leaves come in an array of colors and patterns thanks to the diverse varietals and hybrids on the market, and in some of these they change color in fall or winter. In spring Toiarella raises lovely blooming stalks of little white or pinkish flowers. When in bloom, this otherwise ground-hugging plant commonly stands between one and two feet tall. It makes a very attractive ground cover."
The next photo shows the Cherry Laurel, Prunus laurocerasus: Common Laurel. It was growing in front of the building. It is an evergreen shrub that will tolerate shade and produces dainty white sweet-smelling flowers in the spring.
It is fast growing and also lures birds with its cherry-like red fruits, which turn black in maturity. But, one thing to know about it is that though it emits a pleasing fragrance of almonds when its leaves are crushed, it contains hydrogen cyanide, a poison if ingested in large quantities. I found my information and much more at this website.
Next to the Cherry Laurel was the Japanese Maple. It still had quite a display of daffodils in front.
How sweet the daffodil, its sunlight hew calls out,
"Notice me, I am joy!"
We came home with the plant pot, two Hellebore plants and a Coneflower. I am trying to decide where to put them in our garden. We have a lot of shade for the Hellebores. Has anyone ever had them in their garden? Any tips? I would be very appreciative for any help!
I also saw a shelf of honey from a local apiary. I can now scratch that off my shopping list.
That's all from our trip to the Garden Center.