7/17/11

0 Pot o' Dirt











For the past several months, this pot of dirt has welcomed Tod home every day.
Even Zelda has been curious about why nothing was planted in that pot of dirt. 


Well, thank goodness for Saturday afternoons with nothing better to do because the pot-of-dirt problem has now been solved.

We made a quick trip to Lowe's, where you better believe I marched myself straight back to the rack of nearly-dead-but-on-sale plants. You know I love a bargain, and underdogs, well, they get me every time. 



I picked up a small bag of potting soil for around $5.00, some blue daze evolvus (trailing annual) marked down to $1.75, a surprisingly lively zinnia (upright annual) marked down to $3.00, and some white pampas grass (clump-forming, ornamental grass) marked down to $1.50. All of the plants are full sun, and as long as Tod waters them appropriately (fingers crossed on that one), they should do well.


And yes, for those hyper-observant readers out there who noticed the box behind the plant tags in the above photograph, we also picked up a light fixture on sale for about $23.00 (more on that later, assuming we can figure out how to install it).  


Yep, just like the all-you-can-eat buffet where you end up loading your plate with way more food than you can eat (hello Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood in Vegas), my green(ish) thumbs picked out way more plant than the old pot o' dirt could handle. So I salvaged an empty pot from the backyard and planted the blue daze evolvus in it. It most likely will need to be transplanted into a larger pot, but that's going to be another Saturday's problem. For now, I'm just excited that it actually looks like someone lives here. 


I guess all of this is just to say that Elsie de Wolfe was right: "It is the personality of the mistress that the home expresses. Men are forever guests in our homes, no matter how much happiness they may find there."     


Update: check out how happy the blue daze is today. Those little blue blooms literally popped out overnight. Never underestimate an almost-dead-but-on-sale plant.




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