[gardeners] Walmart, Lowes, and 'extra' dollars

Matt Trahan (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 01 Mar 1999 22:23:33 -0500

Just caught up on a weeks worth of gardeners mail. Thought some of you
might be interested in a few things I've found this week here in
northeastern N.C. 

 Went to Walmart a few days ago and found their 12" tall cast iron urns on
sale after a year of sitting in the shop. They were originally $29. Nice,
but not at that price.
 They are now down to $10! I bought 3 of the 6 available. 1 for the girls
in Surry, Virginia, one for my mom in law, and one for us.
 They also have the basic hostas available, including Seiboldiana, one I
never got around to growing but 'needed'. Bought some Brodeia bulbs, some
hardy glads(at least here), and a great price on 5 pure white oriental
lilies, $6 I think.

 Was in Lowes this evening.
 Saw some TREE Peonies for $6!!! Yes, they are only 2 year old plants
(normal is 3 years old), and they are merely visciously pruned stubs, but
for $6, who cares.
 They came in 'pink', 'purple' and 'red', with 5-7 petals per flower.
 Since the only ones I've found in catalogs run for $30, these were an
acceptable trade off.

 Also some other nice common stuff in larger bundles at slightly lower
prices than Walmart. 5-6 different clematis, both large and small flowering
varieties. Lots of tall phlox, regular peonies, some french lilacs (even
though they usually don't do well in our extreme heat and mild winters),
balloon flowers, some nice hardy ferns, more regular hostas, etc.
 All in the $3-7 dollar range for 1-5 healthy root stocks. Gotta go back
with about $40 more for some ferns and more clematis for the girls in Surry.

  Other than the usual "it's spring!" buying frenzy, I was also out
celebrating getting the car fixed. <vbg>
 It's only going to cost about $350. Since it could have been up in the
$1000 range, I figured this was a good way to appreciate my good fortune.
 Hope you're all having a great spring and enjoying the wonderful weather.

Matt Trahan  <matttrahan@ecsu.campus.mci.net> or <garden@juno.com>
USDA zone 8, AHS heat zone 7, Sunset zone 31, northeastern N.C.