Yes, the weather was not-so-great, but the bargains were plentiful at area plant sales today. I hit two this morning: the one in Northfield, sponsored by the Northfield Garden Club, and one in Rosemount, sponsored by the Dakota County Master Gardeners. Some of the deals I snagged: $4 for Herbstonne Rudbeckia, a very tall black-eyed Susan (the eyes are actually green); three mature hollyhocks for $3 each; and canna bubs for $2 a piece.
One of the great things about local plant sales is you will occasionally come upon plants with a story. In Northfield, I bought a plant advertised as a “local daisy.” I’m not sure what that means, or what it will look like, but I’ve got a sunny spot to put it in, so why not? The garden club also had a huge selection of 100-year-old daylilies salvaged from an abandoned graveyard in the county. These are the kind of daylilies your grandmother or great grandmother would have planted. They bloom once, usually a bright orange, and then fade.