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Expensive Experiment

I left school earlier than usual yesterday so I could vote in the Maryland primary elections. There was no line at the voting place, so I was in and out very quickly. I used the extra daylight time to stop by Lowe’s and check out their garden plants.

I’ve designated the area next to my pond for bedding plants. Last year, I planted a crazy mish-mash of all different kinds and colors of flowers. It was colorful and riotous and fun. This year, I have been thinking I would plant gerbera daisies there. The problem is that I’ve never grown them before, and they’re more expensive than petunias or zinnias. If I bought a bunch of them and they didn’t bloom or they died off, it would be be wasted time and money.

They looked so cheerful and fun when I saw them at Lowe’s, I got them anyway. I was worried that if I waited a couple of weeks, they’d all be gone and I’d regret not getting them.

By the time I got home, there was still daylight left, so I planted them. It was awesome to be out in the warm air with my hands in the dirt.

BEFORE

Goodbye, pansies.

Goodbye, pansies.

AFTER

The little white border flowers are alyssum.  They smell like honey.

The little white border flowers are alyssum. They smell like honey.

7 Comments

  1. Deborah

    I’m getting gebera daisies for the first time this year, too!

  2. Lauren

    Yay for daisies! I think they are such a pretty flower. (Although your previous garden was so pretty, too.)

    Also, I thought it was Gerber, like the baby food. I see that was wrong. Heh. Baby food flowers……

    • Brad

      The flowers are named after a man whose last name is Gerber, so you weren’t far off. I have been pronouncing the word with a soft G like “jerbera”. I think I’m in the minority in that, so I’m trying to change to the hard G.

  3. Carol

    …and about our east side of the house (ahem) that has no landscaping for a while now (cough) and we know this great and creative gardener (clearing throat again)…maybe in a weekend or so we can get a consult? Please?!

    [I know this is a crazy time of the school year – would waiting until mid-June be too late to plant anything on the morning sun-side of a home?]

    Thanks in advance, Doctor Brad.

    • Brad

      Yes – I’d love to stop by and look at it. Things would be more easily established if you planted them earlier than mid-June, but waiting is possible. This coming weekend is less busy for me than next weekend. The weekend after that is less busy again. I think.

  4. Bev Greunke

    I Love Your Love Of Flowers & Nature!!!!! AND What You Do To Show It!!! <3 Aunt Bev 🙂

  5. Debbie Foelber

    I had a Gerber daisy that came back every spring for about 5 years. It was planted by the previous owner and was in a protected south facing bed. I have had some success in bringing them in for the winter. Good luck!

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