Friday, April 18, 2014

The highs and lows of plant shopping!

Like many gardeners, I regularly check out what plants are on offer at the local nurseries and DIY multiples.  Over recent weeks I have taken a few pics for you. Firstly there are the sping flowers. Now to those of you back in the UK, pots of hyacinths, tulips and primroses might not seem so odd, but here we are in the desert with no water and daily temperatures that soar into the 80's. Despite the nostalgic aspect of these flowers from 'home' I can't believe they would survive here for more than a couple of days.

I guess stock for such stores is sourced regionally and just despatched to each outlet but without consideration for local conditions. I was surprised to see hostas, scabious, aquilegias and other temperate perennials on offer. What chance of survival do they have in the desert? At least no slugs here!

Then there is the cult for anything dwarf. Now whilst tying up tall floppy plants is not an endearing job, there are those plants whose very essence is their height.  Compact foxgloves have been around for a few years but I cannot conceive who would want dwarf delphineums rather than the towering blue spires that these majestic plants can produce.  I also find it annoying when tall plants are offered in forms which suggest they are small. The yellow flowers below are on a plant called Tecoma stans, very beautiful but makes a huge shrub maybe 8-10ft tall.  These pots contained four or five rooted cuttings but all flowering, suggesting a small compact plant.

Delphineum 'Guardian Mix-Lo' - truly awful!

All gardeners love a bargain and so its always worth checking the reduced area.  I do love the terminology here - 'distressed plants'. On this occasion, I think they were terminally distressed.

To give the store some credit, they did have some lovely compact bougainvilleas in wonderful colours, a good range of cacti and some stunning hibiscus which I had trouble resisting! Wonder if they still have some - I have just the gap that needs filling!

1 comment:

  1. I'll never forget seeing hosta for sale in Albuquerque, NM, I had to do a double take. I wonder how many of those plants will end up on the distressed table...