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May 15, 2011

And the rain, rain, rain, came down, down, down

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This is what it feels like here today, so I thought to myself, “Self, how about taking some pictures of all the plants you bought at the garden center yesterday?  Good idea, Self.  That is certainly more cheerful than pouring rain.”

Every May, I make a trip to my local garden center, 16 Acres Garden Center, to stock up on veggies, herbs, annuals, and usually a couple perennials to add to my gardens and landscape.  Years ago, when my mother still lived in the area, my mother and I, and sometimes my sister, would make what we called the annual “pilgrimage” to 16 Acres to spend gift certificates.  Now the trip is usually just me, but I look forward to it each year.  This is my take for this year:

veggies & herbs

Tomatoes, jalepenos, cucumbers, zucchini, basil and parsley are pictured here.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the other hot peppers that I want in stock.  I’ll still be on the lookout for cayennes and thai dragons.


This tray contains some filler items for my containers like the spike in the back, and the ivy in the front, marigolds for the border of my garden, a bee balm perennial plant (supposedly hummingbirds love them), and some snapdragons.  Garden tip: I plant marigolds along my garden fence to help discourage critters from being attracted to my veggies; many critters don’t like the smell.  To further discourage exploration of my vegetables, I plant the hot peppers just inside the garden fence.  This combination has been working for me for many years now.  Give it a try if you have critter issues.  Even if you don’t like hot peppers, you could make some hot sauce or salsa with them or give them away to your neighbors who do like them.  Or if you are local, you could give them to me! 😉

I thought some of the other lovely specimens I purchased yesterday deserved their own photos.  Even though there is not much sunshine to be had today, I found a nice little protected spot near my front step to set up these shots.  The use of the nifty-fifty lens gave me plenty of light and a pretty focus.

dwarf dahlia

Dwarf dahlia






Geranium.  I know one of our blogging friends says she doesn’t like geranium, but I think maybe even Tracy might have to admit this one is kind of pretty, maybe Tracy?


In addition to the bee balm, this is the other perennial I bought this year – columbine.  I was reminded of columbine in this lovely post of Robin’s.  Robin hadn’t seen columbines before and was really taken by them – so much so they are in her current blog header.  I have a few columbine around the yard, but don’t really get a ton of blooms.  I also have some kind of strange looking double columbine (click to see my Flickr photo), but I don’t find them as photogenic as the traditional single blooms.

I’ll still need a few more purchases to complete my plant shopping for this spring, but yesterday was a good start.  If anyone local spies those peppers I’m looking for please let me know!  I also have my eyes out for a trumpet vine; I’d be happy for a suggestion of a place to find one.


  1. I love plant shopping. I am a terrible gardener (those poor plants probably cringe when they see me coming), which is why I love how beautiful everything is when I first get them. Before I kil them ….

    Comment by plainmama — May 15, 2011 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

    • Oh no, Amy! LOL. You probably aren’t a terrible gardener – just a very busy one! Get your troop of boys to help you out with watering and weeding (and a little Miracle Gro never hurt!) and you could probably have a decent garden!

      Comment by Karma — May 16, 2011 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  2. Jalepenos… Mmmmm… Now there’s an idea for MY garden… Unfortunately though, as nice as the others look, I’m pretty sure they’re not quite as tasty… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — May 15, 2011 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

    • We have actually ordered a special type of jalepenos this year called “Biker Billy” – supposed to be bigger and hotter than your average jalepeno. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

      Comment by Karma — May 16, 2011 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  3. The double columbine looks almost like a dahlia blossom! We must have similar weather, because I’ve grown all of these flowers as well. Maybe I’ll try the marigold/hot pepper thing, because I have critters galore here! I think it’s time for me to visit a nursery as well.

    Comment by Dawn — May 15, 2011 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

    • Let me know if you give the hot pepper/marigold border a try! Love the garden center; it makes my soul feel good! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — May 16, 2011 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  4. Poor Piglet and Pooh. I know how they feel. Will this rain ever stop??

    Your garden is going to be gorgeous. Everything looks beautiful. 🙂 I knew that about the marigolds but not about the hot peppers. Excellent idea! I’m going to give it a try. I like hot peppers so I’ll have no trouble using them.

    Thank you for the link. 😀

    Comment by Robin — May 15, 2011 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

    • I don’t know if the rain will stop! We have about 8 days of it forecast here. Makes me a little wary for the garden this year – a couple years ago we had a really rainy early summer and my tomatoes were pretty much ruined! 😦
      Let me know if the marigold/hot pepper border works for you!

      Comment by Karma — May 16, 2011 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  5. I sure hope the weather lets you plant all of these before summer starts. I don’t mine a little rain but this is getting ridiculous!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 16, 2011 @ 9:30 am | Reply

    • No kidding, huh? A bit of rain is good for the garden but too much isn’t good.

      Comment by Karma — May 16, 2011 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  6. The hummingbirds do love bee balm. I agree with you, I think the single columbine are much prettier than the doubles. And yes, rain is a pain, but I’m sitting here looking out my window and what I’m seeing are little white pellets, not as in hail but as in styrofoam snow (that’s what I call snow that’s very dry and not flakes). Just what I love in May, white on the ground – Not!

    Comment by Carol — May 16, 2011 @ 10:10 am | Reply

    • Oh no, not snow!!! Yikes! That would make me very sad.

      Comment by Karma — May 16, 2011 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  7. I have not gone plant shopping yet – maybe next weekend if the rain ever stops! Not sure if I told you but I’m not planting veggies this year. 😦 My garden has had too many issues. Going to let it rest and solarize it for a few weeks this summer and try again next year.

    I love the flower pictures – the rainy day actually did give you beautiful light.

    Comment by JenniferA — May 16, 2011 @ 10:21 am | Reply

    • No veggies????? Oh no! You can’t go the summer without summer tomatoes! You’ve got a nice sunny deck – you should at least do a couple containers. I have heard that solarizing can do wonders, but you have to be willing not to plant during the hottest weather. I tried it one year during the spring, and it helped a bit in the beginning of the season, but I don’t think it ever really got hot enough to do a lot of good.
      Thank you – I do love that 50mm lens.

      Comment by Karma — May 16, 2011 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  8. Ha! How funny to be reading along and then suddenly get called out! I’ve been known to buy a geranium now and again as I do find them to be pretty. Unfortunately, geraniums get a bad rap as they are used so often as cemetary plot decorations that they now have a strong association with death. Who wants that in the garden?? 😉 If I do buy geraniums, it is always the trailing kind in unusual colors.

    Like you, I too have several plants scattered about in pots just waiting to go into the ground. In addition, we are waiting for the rain to subside so a new fence can go in along with the 15+ trees (large evergreens, yews, and a gorgeous star magnolia) all purchased Saturday (for a steal on clearance at our local nursery – yay!). At least, they won’t die from lack of water!

    The injured foot is making my usual spring purchases and planting quite the challenge (aside from the rain). We’ll get there. Just will take time!

    Oh, I saw the hummer on Saturday afternoon! Briefly (of course) so they are back in the area! Hooray!

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 16, 2011 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

    • I never buy just the plain red geraniums – I can see those being associated with the cemetary logs and such.
      Was I mistaken? I’d swear that I read somewhere on your blog (or maybe in a comment on mine last summer?) that you never plant geraniums. Was that some other flower you mentioned? Or maybe it wasn’t even you? I’m sorry if I called you out on something that wasn’t you, LOL!

      Nice deal on the trees! Is a star magnolia different from other magnolias?
      Hope the foot is feeling better!

      Comment by Karma — May 16, 2011 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

      • Probably not mistaken as “I never plant geraniums” is actually a fair statement for me, meaning, I never put them in my flower boxes or borders. The only time they might show up is in a hanging basket and they would HAVE to be a fantastic color (and on SALE!) 😉 Hubby really HATES them and when we were first married, I used to fill my flower boxes with them until one day when he told me how much they reminded him of a cemetery. Needless to say, from that day forward, I’ve kept them to a minimumum!

        Yes, a star magnolia has differently shaped flowers than a saucer magnolia. I believe the one we bought is ‘Royal Star’ but I won’t be sure until it is delivered and I have the tag in hand. I just recall reading that it was a double white and Royal Star seems to be the most popular.


        The one we bought is already about 7-8′ tall. Thank goodness the landscaper is planting it! 🙂

        Comment by milkayphoto — May 16, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

  9. You found some beauties! And the good thing about the rain, is that the colors are much more vibrant… perfect for a little photoshoot 🙂
    More rain on the way here, too, later in the week. Ugh!

    Comment by thedailyclick — May 17, 2011 @ 11:18 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela.
      Enough already with the rain, huh? You’d think after all the snow Mama N doused us with this past winter, she could let up a bit on the rain!

      Comment by Karma — May 19, 2011 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  10. Wow, you’ve got some really nice plants there! We went plant shopping just over a week ago. 🙂

    Comment by Val — May 18, 2011 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

    • Thank you – I haven’t actually put them in the ground or in pots yet, but at least I have them for when the rain finally stops!

      Comment by Karma — May 19, 2011 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  11. It might have been me who said that they don’t like (hate) geraniums. And yes to the death association. Good for you for getting your garden started. I stopped at 16 Acres just today but I didn’t buy any plants. That’s on the agenda for next week. Rain seems to be a common theme amongst northeast bloggers. Enough already! Happy planting!

    Comment by Becky Sue — May 18, 2011 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

    • Well, I haven’t really started the garden aside from cleaning it out, but that’s a big step in the right direction! I hope we have a nice Memorial Day weekend – that’s when I plan to do most of my planting.
      There are many cheerful geraniums out there, so I hope mine don’t remind you of death! 😉

      Comment by Karma — May 19, 2011 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  12. Loved loved loved listening to that Piglet and Pooh story/song! Had to call Barry over to watch/listen. Even rain can be fun and creative and inspiring. The end of the video was even more intriguing “Bad Music Next” or whatever it said?? And Pooh in English is better than Swedish or Finnish? Doesn’t it kind of leave you shaking your head like Pooh? 🙂

    Comment by Kathy — May 19, 2011 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

    • Oh we watched Winnie the Pooh so often when my girls were little. I can sing an alarming number of Pooh songs right off the top of my head – makes me wonder what other useful things I might be able to remember if I didn’t have that stuff taking up space in my brain, LOL.
      Yes, that bad music thing was strange! I think the Swedish/Finnish comment was because there were actually Swedish and Finnish versions of the song posted on YouTube strangely enough.

      Comment by Karma — May 19, 2011 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

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