Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's planting time

We went to the downtown farmer's market today and found beautiful replacements for the hibiscus plants we lost this past January in a hard frost.  We have bought from this gentleman before and his plants are very reasonable and hardy.

This is a beautiful yellow hibiscus, while the photo above shows a brilliant orange. 

Though this is white, it is as beautiful white with a double flower.  What is amazing about these gorgeous plants is that they are in 12 inch pots, almost 3 feet tall, profusely blooming and they cost....$10 each. 

And then we stopped at our favorite hyponic lettuce grower's stand.  He has many different types of lettuce and these were harvested this morning.  The long-leaved lettuce on the bottom, middle, he called deer tongue.  New to me, but we are willing to try them all.  They are so crisp and fresh and because the roots are attached, they can stay in the refrigerator for quite a long time. In this photo we have 4 different kinds including a red romaine.  We can get at least 3 or 4 good sized salads out of this collection and a total of $5.  Another bargain in my eyes. 

Now to get the tomato plant, cucumbers, radishes and pepper planted.  Very, very small garden, but it is nice to just run outside to harvest during our winter season.


  1. You got some good deals! I love hibiscus and haven't seen the double flower one before. And I agree... it's so much fun to step outside and harvest something from your garden while making dinner :)

  2. Karen, I got the Rival crock pot with high and low settings and programmable for 2 to 20 hours. Also, it automatically sets to warm when the time is over and you might not be home yet. Best's RED!!

  3. I am jealous! No garden in the UK, so I have to wait until I return to France next March. I so miss the space here and being confined to 4 rooms, one of them the bathroom!

    I think when the move to France becomes permanent I will have to get a pet of some sort, but still time to think about it. Diane

  4. Sounds like you got some great deals Susan. We had peach colored hibiscus in our gardens in the islands. Your photo brings back some fond memories.

  5. Okay, you've gone and made me so jealous of your season in Florida! The Japanese Beetles devour my hibiscus in the summer so I don't even buy them anymore :( but I do love them.

  6. Welcome home! Loved seeing the flowers you can find there.