I found a fabulous seed store Thursday! We had spent Wednesday indoors watching the rain, and was ready to get out of the house. I found the store while googling nurseries, in my never ending quest to shop somewhere other than the big box stores. Turned out it was only 30 minutes from my house, in downtown Leesburg.
They have a counter where they still sell seed by the ounce. Tons of little drawers filled with every kind of pea, bean, and seed imaginable. I haven't seen this in years, since our Seminole stores stopped doing it. I used to love going in with my MIL, and buying a 1/4 ounce of this and that.
The store is filled with old world charm. Along the left side of the store, running full length of the building, is a wide porch. Loads of plants, for indoor and outdoor! Of course, there's a resident dog sleeping on a rug by the door. We didn't see a cat, but I'm sure there was one napping in a corner somewhere. Also on the porch, a cage with parrots, and another with doves. You can walk off this porch to enter the outside nursery, which we did, even though it was drizzling rain. My husband saw them first...camellias. Well, here's the one he picked. This photo was taken in the truck...
'Dr. Tinsley' Camellia Japonica
I chose 'Pink Perfection'. her bloom was a little frazzled, but you get the idea.
They still sell caladium bulbs singly, out of cardboard boxes. I have most of the varieties they were selling, but 'White Queen' is one I can always use a few more of. Nice, large bulbs for 69 cents is a bargain. This photo is 'White Queen', in my garden last summer.
I took a few photos today while working outside. It was a glorious day to be in the garden! We weeded, mulched, moved plants, and so forth. My body now feels every hour of it.
New Zealand Tea Tree in forefront, with 'Desire', Japonica Camellia in background.
The vegetable garden is still producing broccoli, collard greens, and cabbage. I filled one raised bed with sweet onion slips a few weeks ago.
My 'Honey' has started me a new flower bed, all that's left to do is till in some compost. Oh, and of course, plant it in spring...what fun!
I hope all is well with you and your gardens.