Not So Fast…

Tomatoes, eggplant, and larkspur: cold and miserable

Here we go again. Like most gardeners in RI, I bought my plants at plant sales a week or two ago. And what happens? As it does every single year, the weather turns cold and miserable for a couple of weeks – AFTER you’ve bought all your plants. It’s so predictable! I should know better by now, but I am always seduced by the promise of summer.

So there they are, lined up on my deck, shivering and huddling together in the cold spring wind and rain.

Here’s my question: if it’s too soon to plant, then why are the sales so darned early in the season? Why don’t they wait until we can actually put the plants in the ground? I have way too many to bring them inside, so I look at them from my kitchen, and my annoyance grows with every passing day.

I say delay plant sales by at least two weeks. I’m tired of watching plants suffer.

Cardinal climber: equally miserable


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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6 Responses to Not So Fast…

  1. lazygardener says:

    Why so early? Because gardeners are eternal optimists. We always believe that this is the year spring is going to arrive in May, we really are going to keep ahead of the weeds, and our garden will be the envy of the neighborhood.


    • dirtynailz says:

      I agree. We are the most optimistic people – ever! But in my case, I am foolish to think that this spring will be different from any other, and I am annoyed at myself for allowing history to repeat itself.


  2. HerbDoc says:

    I’ve been dragging 15 plant trays and 2 hanging plants in and out of the house for almost 3 weeks now. Unfortunately if I wait to buy my plants, some of those that are dear to my heart just aren’t available anymore. BTW has anyone else noticed a shortage of calendula and scarlett runner bean seeds this year? I visited 5 or 6 shops before I found either of them.


    • dirtynailz says:

      I haven’t noticed those shortages, but I am not planting calendula or runner beans this year, either.
      I agree with you that waiting to buy can result in a greatly reduced selection.
      I planted my pole beans last week and I am crossing my fingers that they don’t decide to rot in the ground.
      Oh when will I ever learn?!!!!!


  3. HerbDoc says:

    This isn’t going to be a good week for plants, seeds or working in the garden. According to the weather reports, it supposed to rain through Saturday. YUK. 😦 Only positive is that the grass is loving it!


    • dirtynailz says:

      The trees love it too. But growing grass means mowing grass – don’t forget!

      I am starting to wonder whether I am going to have to start over with a few things. Blech!


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