Maybe it was all of the renovation stress that got to me ... maybe it is waiting for the estimate on the downstairs bathroom shower rip out session that is getting to me ...
Maybe I just NEEDED some garden plant therapy to get me through the rest of this month and beyond because our winters are so LONG and the renovations are and will be even longer as will the bill going "CHA CHING" in my ears at night.
Which any normal person would shut down all spending, ALL together, in respect of depleting bank account?
NOPE ! .. gardeners are strange beings ... our wants and needs are not those of normal people.
Throw a few well chosen plants at us and all of the sudden we curl up like a cat with cat nip ..
We become content (for a period of time which varies with each said gardener ... after all, we are individuals still !) .. having made all these excuses .. I will now go through my confession list.
Hortico Nurseries is a mail order company in Ontario, well known for it's roses.
I have ordered roses from them for a few years and have been very happy with their stock and customer service.
So it happened one (dark and dreary winter night) I started to gaze upon their perennial section.
I found a lot of interesting plants .. but tried to behave myself and limited the madness to this list :
Two Zephirine Drouhin climbing roses ... believe me they are hard to find in time before all the stock from various companies are snatched up ... I love this rose .. it is almost thornless and the pink flower has such a beautiful old bourbon scent it is intoxicating ... I sold you on it right ??
This is a picture from the web but if you scroll down on the right side bar you will see one of my own pictures.
Corydalis elata ... this is my first corydalis, I can't believe I have been without one this long. It was recommended by a friend because of it's long lasting bloom period in a beautiful blue plus fragrance.
Who can turn that down I ask you ?
OK .. I have a weakness for hellebore ... I have about 13 or was that 15 by now ... see, obsessions mess with your body count and confusion sets in .. but ? I know what I have and what I DON'T have.
So ... Pink Parachutes ($8.00) and Red Lady ($12.00) have been added to the collection .. the prices speak for themselves as well as the size .. gallon size. Now you can't beat that !
Pink Parachutes :
Red Lady :
Finally ... a SCORE ... my first tree peony Amazing price ($35) ... now it might be a common one but, I fell for it ... and this is a first for me remember ... and "firsts" are special ... BIG sigh !
Paeonia suffruticosa Kinshi also called "Golden Bird" .... it will be in the sun strip area of the back garden and fingers crossed it will be happy over the years (they can live up to 50 years !) .. when I will be long gone but hopefully it will be smiling still ?
Yes, peony take quite a while to establish and flower but they are worth it !
There ... I have confessed ... I feel liberated .... but ? .... I know Chris from Canning Perennials will be expecting me soon when her site is officially up ... I will have to practice my mantra of
" remember the renovations" ......."REMEMBER you are on a budget !!!" ..... BIG sigh !