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April Black Friday “Home Depot: B1G1 on Seeds” this weekend only!

In the past few months, I have noticed this bizarre attempt at advertising: a new Black Friday seemingly every month.  Do these companies simply not understand the definition of “Black Friday”?  Or, is this a not-so-clever marketing attempt to get the masses to big box stores and push more of their unneeded junk?

Regardless of the company rationale, I headed to Home Depot today for the helpful Early Spring April 5 Black Friday sales: B1G1 seed packes, started vegetables 5 for $10, and Miracle Gro topsoil 4 for $10.

After finding this seed-starting chart on veggieharvest.com, I should be able to being planting soon despite the unseasonably cold temperatures.


So here is what I got: organic seeds at 99 cents a pack!

2013-04-05_14-53-06_220And, I could not help but take a few photos of the lovely plants.

2013-04-05_13-52-06_666And, the lovely buttercups.



Can I enjoy Autumn?


I am still planting bulbs and raking leaves, but this came in the mail today.

Daffodils in November

Our Midwest 9 degrees cooler than average October followed by a few balmy weekends has confused my poor daffodils.
Back, I say! Get back in the ground! I should be anticipating your March-April arrival, not clearing you out with the autumn leaves.

Rooftop Gardening Done Right

Atop Elgin Community College’s first floor rooftops, I found these lovely (and quite large) student-led gardens just outside the new Humanities lunchroom.  Apparently, the horticulture students maintain the plantings, and the culinary students use the produce in their cuisine.  What a lovely idea!
And, of course, it is a serene view when I am scarfing my Lean Cuisine between classes.

Succulent at Mariano’s


I picked up this interesting succulent at the new local grocery store Mariano’s. This little guy was pricey, but I’ve never seen the like: fuzzy purpley-green “leaves” with orange flowers.


Sweet Autumn Explosion


My Sweet Autumn Clematis has exploded with blooms.  This perennial vine is designated a “Type 3”, meaning it must be cut to the ground each Fall or early Spring as it only blooms on new wood.  

Each year, I’m surprised by the voracity of this plant: going from nothing to covering my stairwell in a matter of months.