Post last updated: December 2nd, 2018
I thought I’d show you a few photographs I took today at the Mandarin Garden Club plant sale.
Other vendors were there, too — a sketch artist, glass ornaments, jewelry, some really cute garden aprons, barbecue, and others.
Hang on to yer britches! I’ve got some garden info on this purty pink thang known as a Supertunia. I was excited to hear what Susan W. of the Mandarin Garden Club told me about this plant because I bought some petunias for the very first time this year. Petunias have a reputation of not being long lasting in Florida so I never bought them until I found 5 of them on Lowes’ Down-and-Out-but-Not-Quite-Dead table for a buck each. I can do a lot of justifying for a buck. Supertunia’s are propagated by cuttings, not seeds. She bought this one in a one gallon pot in October and brought it to the garden. It survived the entire winter, even when we had temps in the low 30’s. And that is what I wanted to hear. I had read in the forums of Dave’s Garden that the “Wave” petunia is the best for Florida (two of my dollar ‘tunias were this variety). This Supertunia apparently is, too, having lasted 7 months at Mandarin Garden Club. According to Susan, it spread from that one gallon pot to this humongous thing you see here. I think, but I’m not certain that it was in a container.
The pink Supertunia was the most striking thing in the garden because it’s early yet and a lot of their plants haven’t taken off. Except their potatoes — a huge crop standing up straight and proud. It’s a good time of year, however, to see the brick layout design of their butterfly garden.
Here’s my haul from the sale – two coleus, one white shrimp plant, one Dittany of Crete herb (I loved the one I saw in Linda Cunningham’s personal collection of herbs), one fox tail fern (just because I think they’re creepy), and a red Russellia (a kind of ground cover that spreads but not in an invasive manner). The iris was a gift from one of my pals at the Mandarin Garden Club.