Friday started off with coffee and a trip around the garden with my good friend and best garden shopping buddy, JJ. I showed off my PPPP. Now come on, you didn't think I would let this mention go by without a photo did you? She was of course impressed and said so; she is after all a very good friend!We talked about what plants I needed for the garden. Being a very good consumer I did indeed have a list: Grey Owl (Juniperus virginiana), Christmas Fern and Heuchera. She had her list, too! Then we hoped into her Pathfinder and headed to GroWild for their open house and 10% off sale on everything in the nursery.
We left early and were totally surprised that a small crowd was there and already shopping. GroWild was ready for everyone. They are experienced open housers so they had plenty of help to haul plants up and down the hills and enough snacks to make everyone happy. They even had chocolate. Mike and Terry, the host and hostess, were as always knowledgeable and helpful.
Did I mention that GroWild is the premier Tennessee native garden nursery. Mike has been a huge help to me in understanding the growing conditions at Clay and Limestone and Terry has been an absolute doll in letting me make appointments throughout the year to get shrubs, trees and perennials. I may be their biggest fan, but I doubt it! Visit their website.
We were good and didn't stray too far from our list. But it was tempting. I managed to get the Grey Owl, and 3 Christmas Ferns, but nixed the Heuchera for Iris cristata "Tennessee White" and a Yellow Star Grass. The Iris is so beautiful that 3 of them came home with me!
JJ managed to get a Cotinus 'Grace' which is a cross between the C. obovatus and C. coggygria. A lovely tree that looked so much smaller in the field than it did in the back of the Pathfinder! She was also taken with the I Cristata and a new P divaricata 'Mary Helen'. What a charmer with a lovely blue color and fragrance.
GroWild's helpers managed to find room in the Pathfinder for a small Juniper viginiana 'Burkii' and a beautifully formed Hamamelis vernalis.
The H vernalis is a gift from my three dear friends, JJ, JG and MH to commemorate my mother! There aren't words to describe how much these women mean to me. Thank you for the beautiful tree and thank you for your loving support during this difficult times.
Tina, In The Garden, is making a plant marker for my mother's lovely tree. She asked me earlier if I wanted a marker and this seemed an appropriate plant to mark. It shall read For Bernice, xxoo. My mother never failed to sign her cards and letters to me with hugs and kisses.
Aren't these just the best people!
"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with."
- Mark Twain