Before I get started...this is the bush that I'm trying to identify. I posted a close-up of the bloom the other day. They're used as hedges all over our neighborhood and the blooms smell rather honeysuckle-like. A little help, please:
Back to "I Just Can't Resist a Sale"...
But if I told you could get everything on the table and both chairs for a total of $24.34, could you?
VPH made chicken salad on Wednesday with some leftover grilled chicken (which had been seasoned with herbes de provence). It was delicious (like all his food), but we both wished we had fresh tarragon on hand. I know that at some point in the spring I asked him if we should grow tarragon and he said no, but I should have known better. I also never got around to dividing the 2 eggplants and using the funky new box/planter for one of them (now that they're flowering I'm loathe to mess with them), so I had the brilliant idea of buying one of those nursery tomato plants with fruit already growing on them that I've been seeing all over the place (including the grocery store) so we could get a ripe tomato before August (even if I do agree with Carol that it's cheating). I had a $15 certificate for Van Wilgens so off we went. I used the $15 certificate to get tarragon, fernleaf dill, silver thyme, and fernleaf cilantro and paid $1.02 out of pocket (I know, I wouldn't normally pay $3.99 an herb plant either):
You're wondering where the petunias and ornamental edible peppers came from? The tomato plants at Van Wilgens that had fruit already were $25 each. Well I may be crazy, but I'm not nuts enough to pay $25 for a tomato plant, so I passed and decided to go to Vaiuso. I'm telling you, I love that place. Remember the $1 perennial herbs I picked up there a few weeks ago? Just about everything's a $1 now. I got tired of waiting for this:
To look like this:
That's marigolds, coleus, parsley, and basil all $1/each. I'll transplant my grown from seed tiny little plants into larger pots and see if they'll do anything for me, but like I said, I am tired of waiting. Speaking of being tired of waiting I picked up this tomato plant for $8. Yup, $8. I love Vaiuso so much! More on this tomato when I get it into a container:
Then I sat down for a well-deserved hour reading. Every now and again I looked up from my chair to the freshly mowed lawn, my humongous hydrangea, and blooming/nearly blooming dahlias:
Then I'd look a little to the left and think about all the work we still have to do putting up the new shed, taking down the 2 old ones, a new project I'll tell you about soon, reorganizing everything...oh well back to my book:
Before I headed inside I did a photo session with a spider on the eggplant cage. I can't decide which of these photos is more calendar-worthy. A good close-up:
Or a more interesting composition:
Do let me know what you think.