Today, while brainstorming for this whole Christmas project, I felt the need to run to Lowes for some holly. Really – I knew they would have plants and I hoped this would make my otherwise lackluster ideas pop. I fell straight into temptation.
Anyone who knows me knows I love plants. It’s the dirty, sweaty hard labour involved that makes me garden a bit less than I would truly enjoy. That, and there’s no sense pouring money into a yard that you’re not planning on spending a minimum of the next 10 years living there. That’s the only thing really holding me back when I visit one of the local nurseries loaded with native plants and bountiful perennials.
Today, with frosts looming, Lowes put all their trees, shrubs, and perennials on clearance for 75% off. Plant heaven!
So, I not only came home with my holly, but a small spruce, a Japanese maple, and two hydrangea with a long pedigree. The hydrangea are planted already at my front door (on either side, should be beautiful when they get a bit bigger) but I haven’t decided what to do with the maple. The holly will be cruelly torn apart for Christmas decorating – I can’t plant something in my yard that grows to 14 feet tall! Total bill – $25. Can’t beat that.
The only reason I didn’t come home with a 6 foot Alberta Spruce in a pot for a Christmas tree was that it was buzzing. Every time I went to look at it I heard buzzing, and gentle prodding revealed a few yellow jackets. I’m not transporting a yellow jacket nest home in my car!