The end of Summer and early Fall is a great time to accomplish lots of gardening. With that in mind, the hubby and I took a little plant shopping excursion last weekend in anticipation of finding some good end-of-season deals. First stop was the St. Paul Farmer’s Market. It’s about 30 – 40 minutes away from us, but it’s our favorite farmer’s market, so we try and go several times in the spring and summer. If you live around the Twin Cities and are interested, here’s more information about the St. Paul Farmer’s Market. On this particular Saturday, the place was packed. When it’s crowded, I usually get what I came for and get out. It was difficult to take pictures and not get faces, but I was able to snap a few.
There’s so much to see and smell at the Farmer’s Market – the long rows of vegetables, the flowers, the smells of herbs and other delicious things wafting through the air. It’s like sensory overload. And of course, I always make a beeline for the flowers.
We ended up with a nice sized tray of starter perennials, including; Voodoo Sedum, Laura Phlox, Paris Coral Bells, Tapestry Foamy Bells, Delphinium and Globe Flower. I’ve had very good luck with the starter perennials coming back and filling in nicely when I plant them in the fall. So with this little stop, I was able check a few things off my fall gardening list. We also loaded up on fresh veggies that we didn’t have from our own veggie crop.
Next, we headed to Gertens. If you live in the Twin Cities area, or anywhere close and haven’t been to Gertens, just plan a trip right now. It’s amazing and huge and amazing and the selection of everything is vast… You won’t regret a visit. Just make sure you have lots of room in your vehicle for plants.
More sensory overload.
I was amazed at the amount of annuals that were still available and the number of people that were actually buying them. Remember I live in Minnesota and our first frost is not that far away. Anyway, to each his own. There was also a great selection of Mums and other fall plants. This is exactly how I like to buy mums, when the buds are still tight, but I will wait a few more weeks.
This trip, I mostly purchased perennials and shrubs for a really large shady area that runs along the fence on the back side of our half acre lot. I will be working on this area over the next several weeks, months and years. Just getting it started will go a long way in checking some more off of my fall gardening things to do list. Here’s what I ended up with: Annabelle Hydrangea, Ivory Halo Dogwood, Golden Japanese Forest Grass, Red Beauty Painted Fern, Plum Pudding Coral Bells, Jack Frost Brunnera and Raspberry Splash Pulmonaria. Just looking at all the color and different textures in these plants really gets me excited to get going.
Did you notice there are no hosta included in my selections? I didn’t even visit the hosta area, because I knew I’d be moving hosta from other gardens to plant in this area.
I love the combination of this Plum Pudding Coral Bell with the Golden Japanese Forest Grass and the Red Beauty Painted Fern.
Other than a few trees and/or evergreens, I think we’re done plant shopping this year. Now I have to get busy and plant these.
I think it’s time for me to give up my denial that fall is quickly approaching. When I start seeing other blogger’s post all their fun Fall projects and tips in August, I just go into complete denial. Don’t get me wrong, I love Fall, I really do. Its just what comes after Fall that fills me with dread. See, I can’t even say it. So, over the next few weeks I will continue with a series of Fall Gardening posts, which will include segments on dividing and transplanting perennials, which plants to over-winter, garden clean-up, and whatever else I decide to toss in there.
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