Monday, May 30, 2005
Just about the most perfect weather imaginable, a nice change from the clouds and chill we've had for weeks. I went downtown early, getting to UIC in about 10 minutes because there was NO traffic, and picked up my textbook and my plant collecting supplies (cooler, plant press, newsprint, tubes of silica gel). Then I drove out to the garden market at Garfield Park Conservatory. It's a really nice market, with an impressive selection of unusual plants and some of the nicest statuary and pots I've seen. I really want some of those ceramic mushrooms but I don't want to shell out the $$$ until I know I have a good place for them. My poor garden is already so full! I ended up spending a bit more than I'd planned, but got three really nice hanging pots that should keep for years, a bleeding heart that will stay nice and small, and some great annuals for one of the pots. Now that the front of our house is landscaped nicely, I can hang some colorful annuals as an accent, so I decided on a big pot for the center and small pots for either side of the stairs. In the big pot are Calibrachoa 'Superbells White' (tiny petunias), Artemisia 'Oriental Limelight', Ipomoea 'Ace of Spades', Helichrysum 'White Licorice', Begonia 'Nonstop Yellow', and Nicotiana 'Domino Red'. I have never liked begonias much but these big blowsy waxy flowers are gorgeous, and besides it's hard to find yellow annuals so you take what you can get. They have developed orange petunias now, but they're actually streaky red and yellow so when you stand back they look orange but from up close they're just ugly. I used to have a sweater like that, with red and yellow yarns woven together to make orange. I wore it buttoned around my head because I wanted long, straight, red hair.
I'm sure this is all very boring but I wanted to record what the plants were before I threw out the tags :)
Back to school tomorrow, and HAVE to get some stuff done to alleviate the panic I'm feeling. ARGH.