We had to make a trip to Home Depot last weekend. When faced with the prospect of looking at hardware with my husband, or wandering to the nursery department to visit the plants, my choice was clear. Sadly I came face to face with this… A very sad rack of almost dead, under-watered and under-loved plants. Just look at this sad little Musa Basjoo. Marked down to only $3! Sure he isn’t much to look at right now but we all know what’s lurking inside…just waiting to be released, a beautiful banana grove! I didn’t need another Banana, but for $3 how could I not give this little guy a loving home?
I will leave the politics of big-box nurseries vs. local mom and pops to another post, or another blogger. Any of you that have followed me, and my plant shopping adventures, know where I spend most of my money. Still - I occasionally check out what the big guys have to offer. As for this visit I am going to make up a story that the recent heat wave (combined with the fact that we’ve had no measurable rainfall for 28 days) took this store by surprise, and that is why there were so many crispy plants. So sad.
These heartbreaking Cornflowers were also calling out to me. I love them, but if they were in my garden I would have to pull off the petals, to accentuate the cone. Since that might be flower abuse, and I don’t want to be guilty of such a hideous crime, I left them behind. Never mind that I regularly cut the blooms off my Hosta because they distract from the foliage.