I am not known as a gardener. My mother has told me that I should think of plants as others think of a vase of cut flowers – something that is nice to look at for a short time. This is one reason that I frequent the bargain plant table at Home Depot - I am not comfortable spending big amounts of money on a "disposable" item.
However when we got our incentive bonus from Mr.Bush we went straight to Behnkes nursery and bought large ceramic pots and plants that looked nice (like the white Hibiscus). The plants were chosen by look alone and I did not look at the price tags …. so I was a quite stunned when the total rang up!! Too stunned to put any back!! When we got home, I was shocked to find the most expensive plant was $30 – an Abelia. And, I'm pleased to prove that it is still alive:
This was the second most expensive plant at about $20 – I'm not sure what it is now……..
The trick is going to be keeping these plants alive over winter!!! They are going to be the most molly-coddled plants ever!!