Restless, I mentally redesign my container gardens and shop for discount pots. I torture myself with virtual planting combinations, frustrated at the prospect of buying plants that might be underwhelming. I want container garden certainty if I can't have snow and have decided I'd like to stage a dress rehersal for summer.
Instead of shopping from my favorite online nurseries or running to the local garden center after work, I want them all to come to me. I'll line up my pots, explain the "look" I'd like, and have them bring me their wares. Like choosing actors for a part, I'll match the plants to the pots and have them recite a few lines. Does the 'Karley Rose' pennisetum look as grand in my "Oops, there's a scratch" discount urn as I thought or would Karley be better suited as a member of the corps, instead of given a starring role? And what about the lemon verbena? Will it be tall enough to grow behind the 'Maraschino' salvia without being blocked? I just don't know so you, you, and you over there while we give it a try. Cueing summer! Lights, please!
I'll stand back, stroke my chin thoughtfully, and watch as the dress rehersal unfolds. Several will be given roles, but most will not. I'll pay for the chosen few and watch as they're packed up and labeled Casa Mariposa, ready to perform when the curtain finally goes up.
I found this urn at our local big box home improvement store in late December. This scratch shaved $40 off the price. Since the back of the urn will be facing a corner, no one will see it.
I'm auditioning 'Karley Rose' pennisetum for the role of Lady in the Urn for the Summer 2012 production of In the Garden.