Sunday, May 25, 2014
My Favorite Zinnias
Each season I venture into the neighborhood Lowe's in search of these zinnias. I saved seed from the ones I bought three or four years ago and grew, exactly, three last summer. But they were wonderful. This year I went into Lowe's hoping to find a replacement Butterfly Bush. Ours had lead us to believe it had died. (which isn't exactly true) While looking for the Butterfly Bush I noticed many many carts of "new stuff" waiting to be unpacked. Way up on the tippy top, were the zinnias. So I bought two 12 packs. With a little handle for easier carrying.
I bumped into two greenhouse customers (my work) as I was walking in. One said "oops!" Hey, we don't have everything even I want to buy.
I also have 6 new seedlings which I managed to germinate and grow under lights from that saved seed. A bounty of zinnias to plant in my yard.
Today was very busy at work. The holidays. Friday I filled five huge containers with every color of flower I could find. And the customers left me a thank you note. They loved the boxes. Not much custom work to do today, but I did squeak one in at 4 pm. A customer brought in her window boxes (4 very large ones), still full of dirt, and I filled them with pink, purple, blue and magenta. They looked amazing.
Tuesday I have three big orders to work on. Two huge pots for one client. Four interesting containers for another and two window boxes for a Pilates instructor who has come back three years in a row now for her deck boxes. Each showed me an example on their phone. I wrote down the "color story" and noted a few of the important plants.
So Tuesday is going to be a super special day for me. Can't wait.
I have a list of chores for the holiday tomorrow. Everyone else at work is working but I have the day off. So I can "work" at home. A rhubarb pie is planned and perhaps dinner off the grill. I think it'll be a nice day. G will be running across the street to hose down the "repair grass" he installed for the neighbor. I think my friend Patty is stopping by for a visit. I should think of something to make her to eat. A busy Monday.