Yes, there were mums and a few bales of hay. But there was also so much more. I attended a “Fall Garden Fest” at my favorite local nursery, Lockwood’s Greenhouses, not so much for the craft vendors and the hotdogs, as to see what stock they still had at this time.
They had everything. Tables and tables of sun or shade perennials, rows of shrubs and vines, even a surprisingly large selection of annuals, even hanging baskets. There were classes going on addressing grasses, hydrangeas, and—most interesting to me—how to winter over annuals and keep houseplants alive. It’s a good time for workshops; people aren’t as busy in their gardens and in just the right frame of mind to think about what they might want to change and add.
I can easily imagine wanting to freshen up my containers with some new annuals at this time, particularly those—calibrachoa, diascia, the little blue daisies you see above—that will withstand nighttime lows in the 40s. I don’t know that I would be buying hanging baskets, but it’s nice to know you can.
Too many nurseries around here clear the decks at this time and all you’ll find in the big boxes now are mums, bulbs, shrubs and trees. I stick by my story of not liking to plant past Oct. 1, but if anyone could convince me to take the risk, it would be these guys.