I was sweating. Profusely.
The nursery folks had a fun game for all the participants. They hid 50 Easter eggs amongst the ball and burlap trees, each containing some kind of coupon. My coupon is good for 50% off a tree, so we'll be getting another tree for the backyard very soon. Skyline honeylocust, anyone?
One of the vendors I was really impressed with was Holly of The Backyard Farm Girls. Holly and Jennifer help people set up and maintain small chicken flocks in suburban backyards. What a great idea! Martha has chickens, and I've always loved the idea of having my own backyard flock. But if the Big Guy won't go for a beehive in the backyard, then you know chickens are out of the question. Of course, that doesn't stop me from asking him about it 682 times a week. Bonus! They offer introductory classes...hopefully I can attend one soon.
I wanted to buy a gazillion plants, but with limited time, space and funds I only bought two clearanced Purple Passion asparagus plants, two gallardia and two sedum. My hope is that with more flowers in the backyard amongst the vegetables, I should be able to attract more bees and butterflies to help with pollination issues.
Spring Bluff Nursery had a darling fairy house on display. Isn't this too cute?
One thing I liked about the event was that I got to visit their "sample garden" where they feature all the varieties of vegetable seedlings they sell. I was happy to find out that zucchini plants are in fact bushes, and not vines. I had always thought zucchini was more like a cucumber, and I expected it to vine everywhere. Good to know that it's supposed to be a bush!
Now that plants are fruiting (vegging?) the sample garden turns into a U-Pick garden. The kids and I will head out there soon to see what they have available.
It was a nice, if sweltering, evening. Thanks to Spring Bluff Nursery for a fun event!