How many gardeners have purchased a plant on impulse? Show of hands, please. Everyone? I thought so.
How many of those impulse purchases have worked out?
How many of those impulse purchases have not worked out?
Experience has taught me that sometimes you find a plant that you are attracted to, that you don't know much about, but there is only one for sale, so you have to act fast.
You have to take a chance that the plant will work out in your own garden.
I acted fast today when I saw this plant. I read the tag, nothing scary on it. I checked the price. Quite reasonable. It didn't really matter to me that this plant was being sold outside the grocery store along with more common coneflowers, black-eyed susans, rose-of-sharons and some grasses. It was a bit of a hodge-podge collection of plants fors sale but this one plant stood out.
Look at that variegated foliage!
I like variegated foliage, so I always stop to look at any plant with variegated leaves that I don't recognize right away, no matter where it is. That's how I came to acquire the stunning tall phlox, 'Creme de Menthe'.
Do you recognize this one, my new variegated plant? It's Caryopteris divaricata 'Snow Fairy'. I've grown Caryopteris before, so I knew it was a shrub-like perennial that dies back to the ground each year, like butterfly bushes. The common name is Bluebeard, because it usually has little blue flowers on it in August. When I saw that this perennial was a Bluebeard, I assumed that it would also die back each year and probably have blue flowers late in the summer. I also knew exactly where I would put it. And I knew I should get it because it had variegated leaves.
That thought process took about ten seconds before I put it in my cart and proceeded to go grocery shopping.
When I got home, I did an online search to get more information on my new plant and the first hit I got was this one. Is this my lucky day, or what? I think I'm going to be very happy with this new plant. I'll plant it tomorrow, I know just the spot where it should go.
You know what else made me happy today?
I had sweet corn after breakfast as a snack. I picked another ear of corn, buttered it up, wrapped it wax paper and microwaved it for a minute or so. It was so good, and tender and sweet, like candy.
It's raining. Yes, it... is... raining! The first rain came through around 6:30 PM, one of those "pop up" storms that leaves about one tenth of an inch of rain. And now it is raining again. I don't expect the total rainfall to be much more than a quarter of an inch, but it is enough rain that I don't have to run the sprinklers this weekend. It was a good decision to procrastinate, I mean consciously decide not to water with sprinklers, earlier this morning.
This has been a happy day.