Yesterday morning I stopped in at the Hyde Park Garden Fair. I’ve never been, but I heard a few people mentioning how nice it is and how quickly the plants go, so I figured I’d check it out.
I got there around 9:00, and the parking lot was full. As I pulled up I saw many people with lots of plants heading to their cars. Do I need any more plants? No. Right now I’ve got more plants than ground to put them in. But…I’m still looking for a mini bell pepper plant because I’m thinking it’s too late to start them from seeds. The first vendor I asked about it had never heard of a mini bell pepper. I gave him a little homework to do. Maybe next year he’ll have some for sale. Hint, hint!
The next vendor had something I had never heard of. Rosemary “Prostrada.” My rosemary seeds didn’t germinate too well, and the few that did didn’t make it (may they rest in peace). These are ladies that were selling a really nice variety of herbs. Makes me wish I knew more about how to cook with fresh herbs.
And here she is, my newest baby. I think she’ll be gorgeous in a herb basket or container.
I showed great restraint and that was the only plant I bought, but when I stopped at the grocery store on the way home, they had hanging baskets marked down to $3. I even showed great restraint there. I only got two and I gave one to my mother-in-law. However, I feel like I’m getting close to a flare-up of plant-a-seed-aholism. I’ve already started in the house and planted into the garden lettuce, peas, turnips, mustards, rainbow swiss chard, broccoli, brussles sprouts, flat leaf parsley, spinach, onion (sets), Martha Washington asparagus (tiny but still alive) and, of course, the yellow squash. Waiting to be planted and getting shuffled in and out every day are the tomatoes (Brandywine and Sweet 100), bell peppers (green and yellow), jalapeno peppers, muskmelon, sage, basil (patio and big leaf), corn, egg plant (fingerling), bush beans, zinnias, marigolds, second round of mustard greens, second round of spinach, okra, yard long beans, Armenian cucumbers, a couple sugar baby watermelons, and one last squash plant that had a near fatal accident which I’ll tell you about later when I’m sure he’ll pull through. Everything grown from seed and most things looking pretty darned good. I did buy a couple plants. I found a Stevia, literally hot off the truck. The Bonnie Plant guys were offloading their truck and had just put them on the shelves. I divided the plant into three pots and I’m still figuring out where I’ll end up putting them. And I did buy a four-pack of peppers. Who could pass up a pepper called Big Bertha? Not me. And I shouldn’t forget I’ve got the gladioli bulbs and the Jersey Giant asparagus.
Gardening is my therapist and, boy, am I getting a lot of therapy.