Lavender, Sage, Enchinacea


I did go to donate blood, I’ll have you know. It wasn’t my fault they wouldn’t take it. It turns out that my blood iron levels were too low, even though I was signed up for a platelet donation instead of whole blood. I didn’t realize that it would make a difference.

So I’ve rescheduled.

Thanks to an unexpected check engine light on the van, we were down to one vehiclefor the day. The Curmudgeonly Lion had dropped me off and then gone to run some errands since we’d both expected that the donation would take several hours. I stepped outside and called him to let him know what was up, but it was going to be another twenty minutes before he could make it back to pick me up.

“Don’t rush,” I told him. “I’ll wait for you at Home Depot.”

The Home Depot was literally across the street and I’d been meaning to visit the garden center for some time in order to pick up some new plants for the garden-bed-bed (a sleigh bedframe that we’d turned into a flower bed). The heat being extreme and money being tight had always been just enough of an excuse to keep me from making a special trip, but now that I was here with time to kill I figured I might as well make the most of it.

So I wandered the garden center in search of perennials. The goal of the garden had originally been to plant flowers from my wedding bouquet: ranunculus and kangaroo paw and Chinese lanterns and gerbera daisies, etc. But now I was focused on Plants That Were Hard To Kill. So I elected to get some colorful Enchinacea that kinda looked like Gerbera daisies but were likely to last longer, and a large silvery Texas Sage and a small but fragrant Lavender plant- because I thought the bees would like it.

I was also sorely tempted by a plant called a Lime Sizzle, based on the name alone.

Might still go back.

So the garden bed bed is starting to look a little bit more like a proper garden instead of a dirt patch that is slowly being infiltrated by Bermuda grass. Maybe when I actually succeed in donating platelets I’ll reward myself with another plant to add… If I can keep these three alive for the week.

We’ll see how it goes.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on August 5, 2018.

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