Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thankfulness Challenge + W4W = Happy Accidents

I love a happy accident, especially when it involves expanding my garden to accommodate fabulous plants that were accidentally shipped to me, free of charge. In September two Peggy Martin roses arrived at my door, despite the fact that I hadn't ordered them. I was shocked, thrilled, and informed by the wonderful folks at the online nursery that the shipment had been an accident caused by a glitch in a new computer system. I couldn't believe my luck.

A week later, two more Peggy Martin roses arrived. Ecstatic but a bit perplexed and wondering where I was going to put four climbing roses, I called the company again. A second accident, no worries and no charges. By this point I was beginning to wonder if two roses would be arriving every week. Two of the Peggy's went to a friend and two went into a new garden bed I dug just for them. The company must have fixed the error because the deliveries stopped (unfortunately!). But a section of grass that I had been dreaming about ripping up to expand my garden now holds a new sunny, moist bed full of perennials shaded out by the ever expanding canopy of oak and ash trees in my garden. The only cost was compost and mulch.

I'm thankful for happy accidents and the humor and joy they can bring!


11 comments:

  1. I have to admit, I would have never thought to see a happy accident like this, not once, but twice. You did have some luck and also lucky to have the space for your new arrivals. Thanks for joining with this happy story. I thought the word accidental would be hard, but seems like there are a number of different happy accidents.

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  2. What a great happy accident!! Wow the garden gods were smiling on you and twice...Love it!! Looking forward to catching up on your blog, I'm back and blogging. Cheers Julia

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  3. Beautiful Roses! Boy, you are very fortunate! That's a great story, and perfect for this week's meme!

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  4. Two shipments of rose plants?? How can I get me an accident like that? Every plant has a story, but it will be fun to watch your misdirected accidental roses grow. My garden club has mixed success with Peggy Martin .... some do really well, others not at all, so I will look for posts in the future on how your freebie Peggy Martin roses do!

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  5. That certainly is a beautiful accident! How lucky you are!

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  6. What a great story! And the roses are gorgeous, they're obviously thriving in their own happy accident home.

    Re: your comment on my last post--we didn't buy tickets to the Mt Vernon Christmas events b/c they didn't seem to be worth the extra ticket price, but glad to hear that I didn't miss anything spectacular!

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  7. 4 accidental beautiful plants! Gorgeous capture of the roses. I remember reading about this accidental delivery but didn't realize it happened more than once.

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  8. Oh, I love this accidental post! To think they would ship you roses by accident and two times at that?! I would have been disappointed too, when the deliveries stopped.

    What an amazing story, and such pretty roses, how lucky for them they were delivered by accident to a gardener's home!

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  9. What a wonderful accident! I would definitely buy from them again - in the hopes they would accidentally send more free roses! :)

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  10. That was a very nice story! How lucky that you were the recipient of not one but two happy, beautiful and colorful accidents. Those are the kinds of accidents people wouldn't mind experiencing once in a while.

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  11. They turned out beautifully, didn't they? Am now planting a new bed of roses...which I had planned to do for a long time.
    Rosie

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