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On Friday as I was going home from school, I stopped at Home Depot to walk through the garden center. There wasn’t much new to see. I stop there too often. But on my way out the door, I saw that the plant delivery truck was there. How exciting! New plants! I tried to look nonchalant as I walked past, peering into the truck to see what was there.

I saw zinnias! I have been looking for zinnias! I got a tired, beaten up zinnia from Walmart a few weeks ago, but it’s been struggling. I wanted some healthy yellow zinnias. Were there yellow zinnias on the truck? I couldn’t tell… it was too dark in there.

I wondered if I should just sit in the parking lot until the plants got unloaded. That wouldn’t be weird, would it? Yes… yes, that would be weird. I went home. But I couldn’t stop thinking about them.

So I went back. And I found yellow zinnias! Yay!

I also got an impulse buy of a vinca. It’s a variety called tattoo papaya.

I also got a fiber liner for my hanging basket, so the fuchsia is off the floor and hanging properly now.

Floor Fuchsia

I bought a fuchsia a few days ago. I am still very excited about it, but I’m having a hard time getting it potted. I have a hanging basket I got from a dumpster corral in my condo complex. It is the perfect place for my fuchsia, but I have to get the chains the right length so the plant doesn’t become desiccated by my air conditioner exhaust.

In the meantime, it’s sitting on my lanai floor. And it’s blooming! Yay! I love it!

The Chickens are Appropriate

I stopped at Lowe’s yesterday, and saw some of the most unusual garden ornaments I’ve ever seen on Maui:

Ha! It’s farm-themed! Everything here is always island decor – tiki torches or Tahitian gods or whatever. This was barns and tractors! And since they were red, I was totally thinking about Nebraska. Hehe….

Things I Like

Yesterday morning I woke up extra early. After the sun came up, I put some birdseed out on the lanai. I soon had lots of visitors.

The Java sparrows are my favorite.

After a delightful time of reading and birdwatching, I headed to the store. I was looking for a headboard. I didn’t find one, but I did find a fuchsia, which besides being the name of a color, is also the name of a flower. It’s spelled so weird though. You say “fyew-sha”, but you spell it “fuchsia”? Crazy! Anyway, here’s the plant:

The variety name is ‘dark eyes’

When I got home, I was hungry. I thought I should eat something with vegetables, but there wasn’t much to choose from. I did have the ingredients for a BLT, so I prepared them. But not as sandwiches.

It was a day full of things I like! Yay!

Succulent Search

I stop at the Lowe’s and Home Depot garden centers a LOT. I have such a small area for plants at home. The garden centers are like big gardens – big gardens where the flowers change periodically. It’s wonderful.

A while back, I was perusing the succulent section, and I saw cactus plants that had thick, short, white spines on it. They looked like plastic. They were so cool! I looked it up online. It’s called an Arizona Snowcap cactus.

But I didn’t get one, and when I came back they were gone. So I’ve been looking every time I go to the garden centers. And guess what’s at Home Depot right now?

One of them was even blooming!

But then I decided not to get one. I don’t know… I just wasn’t feeling it. My lanai is so small. Now if I ever buy anything new, I have to get rid of something I already have. What would I get rid of? Sorry, Arizona Snowcaps.

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