Saturday, April 30, 2011

weekend update: 2011 garden fair

Hit the Garden Fair on Saturday. Bright and sunny for a change! Windy, too. Stacy couldn't make it, and I didn't run into anyone I knew was coming, so just poked around by myself.

The usual suspects. Stacy asked me to pick her up a marjoram start, and I was looking for dill, but couldn't find either. Ended up running by Santa Fe greenhouses on my way home and got both there.

The ladies from Eulalio's Farm were back with a buttload of tomatoes! They're the same folks I bought last year's Sungolds from. This year, got one Sungold and one Paul Robeson.

(Yes, those are my old Sentra floor mats in the new Pontiac! Homage to last year's photo.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

2011 nursery trip

Took a few hours off yesterday and went to New Mexico Plant Co. with Stacy and her friend Beverly. This place is way out off of route 14:

Stacy's been getting her herbs and veggie starts here for a few years now. I've never been able to make it out there because they're only open during regular business hours, not on weekends. They've got a big greenhouse, and their prices are CHEAP!

No photos of the place, unfortunately. They had a boatload of geraniums (annual pelargoniums, not perennial true geraniums). Lots and lots of hanging baskets, some perennials, veggies, herbs, tomatoes in all sizes. They seem to be a commercial nursery that sells to other nurseries — there were off-limits sections cordoned off with flagging tape that were, we were told, "orders." There were a huge number of plants, but not a whole lot of variety in cultivars (maybe 5 tomato varieties).

Stacy spent about $60 and just about filled the back of her station wagon. I spent around $16 and got:
  • 3 blue lobelias
  • 1 white geranium (pelargonium)
  • and 1 lantana
    (all for the big pot by the front door)
  • 2 basil starts
  • 2 thyme starts
    (for the herb bed)
  • 1 rosemary start
    (don't know where I'll put that yet)
I still need to get tomato plants and I'd like to get a dill start. Hopefully I'll be able to get some tomatoes at the Garden Fair from the same ladies that were selling plants last year. Those Sungolds were monsters!