This month I have been to two garden club plant sales and I wanted to show you my haul. Or loot.

On April 6, 2013, I went to the Jacksonville Garden Club’s Blooms Galore & More sale in our historic Riverside neighborhood. I added these two to my Bromeliad Garden:


Plus this Angel Wing Begonia (on left) and a Toad Lily (on right). I had been patiently lusting after a Toad Lily so I was beside myself to find one for $3. I can’t wait to see what kind of bloom it will have. If it has spots I’ll be happy.

Angel Wing Begonia and Toad Lily
Angel Wing Begonia and Toad Lily

On April 27, 2013, I went to the Mandarin Garden Club’s Plant Sale & Garden Festival across the river. I try not to go over the Buckman Bridge any more than necessary ever since the first car went over the railing and into the drink. After the second car went over, I thought about walking the bridge but with my luck, I’d trip over a tin can and throw myself into the drink.

I wanted to arrive at 8 a.m. when the doors opened but it didn’t happen. Just as well since I wanted some of the BBQ. Fab-O BBQ! One of the vendors had an interesting cloth corn and baked potato bag. It seems you can cook baked potatoes in your microwave INSIDE the cloth bag and it will taste like a real baked potato rather than a microwaved potato. A word of caution: sweet potatoes might not be the tater to nuke in these bags. One of the Garden Club members admitted to setting her cloth bag and the inside of her microwave on fire with a sweet potato. Didn’t phase her a bit, she was going to get a new Baked Potato Bag before the day was over.

Here’s my plant loot from the Mandarin Garden Club, going counterclockwise from left to right:

Mandarin Garden Club Loot
Mandarin Garden Club Loot
  • Starting with the light green plant which is a Scented Geranium of the Peppermint variety. I had no idea there were several kinds of scented geraniums which proves that you should hit at least one of Linda Cunningham’s sales each year. I had earlier gotten a different scented geranium from her
  • Two Black and Blue Salvia
  • Blooming Larkspur that has not been hybridized according to Linda Cunningham
  • Juncus – the tall, dark green spikey thing. What can I say? It Caught My Eye.
  • Purple Passion Vine
  • Yellow ‘Lutia’ Passion Vine
  • Vicks plant that smells like Vicks VapoRub. Why would anyone want a plant smelling up their yard like Vicks VapoRub? I thought it was just the thing for me. People have been telling me for years that I ain’t right. A Vicks VapoRub plant removes all doubt.

I also picked up some Catmint at Cunningham’s booth. I’d heard that old line about cats liking the stuff and I wanted to see if it was true. If it was, my cats would be happy and they couldn’t crab about me not bringing them anything. So here’s what happened: first, I watered it because the soil was really dry. Set it on the edge of the porch. Whiskey checked it out immediately and with great interest. Big Foot, who was lying two feet away, suddenly got up and slapped the living daylights out of Whiskey and took over the plant, burying his face in it. I’ve never seen the likes. I checked on the poor plant a few hours later and this is what was left of it:

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