On Friday we headed over to Staunton to look at a Japanese Maple (Note: A single maple) that Faith had told me might be a good one for the front bed. The front beds are about to be tilled and prepped with compost etc, so if the weather is cooperative, I'll have plants around the house next week!
I'm not purchasing the plants for the plan because I don't have access to wholesale prices so I'm leaving that up to Faith V. Plus I'm better off leaving the decisions up to her because she's leagues ahead of me with her plant knowledge and design skills.
But in the meantime, there was this one maple that I needed to go see about.
Chris Lockhart the owner of the nursery was very helpful and knowledgable over at Staunton Plant. He must have thought I was a total nut, but he was supremely patient.
I got the Maple. Well actually I got not only one Japanese Maple, but two.
And a Whitespire Birch
and a Sourwood
and a Vitex.
And two Sweetbay Magnolias and three Magnolia Stellata, and that was just the trees!
Knowing that I might get swept along by the whole heady experience,
we went prepared not only with the truck but also with the 2-horse trailer!
A horse trailer can hold a lot of plants!
I managed to fit in 32!
these are just lagniappe that I'll put "somewhere."
Joe who normally acts as my anchor (i.e. voice of reason), was as happy as I was at the prospect of plants around the house, so he was of NO help protecting the checking account at all!
In fact he was lobbying for a 10' sugar maple that I managed to resist!
When I started the part-time job at the kitchen shop,
I said that I'd use my paycheck to pay for travel expenses for the kids to come at Christmas.
Now I'm thinking that I'll work for plants!