As I was working my way through the many photographic images that I made last weekend while we were vacationing in Hocking Hills, I downloaded those that I took at Dill's Greenhouse in Groveport, Ohio, on the way home. Although in the sequence of that weekend's events, this is out of order, I wanted to share these photos now.
Mom and I had craned our necks as we passed Dill's on our way to Hocking Hills that Friday morning, and we both decided right then and there that we were going to stop and take a look on our way home on Sunday. Romie and my dad had other ideas, but deep down they knew they were going to lose this argument.
At this time of the year, when you visit a garden center, you don't know what you'll find ... bargain perennials, straggly annuals, reduced shrubs and trees, sales on pots... It can be a good experience or a disappointing one. Dill's did not disappoint, and we imagined what their inventory must be like in the spring, when the gardening season takes off. Our men can thank their lucky stars that we weren't passing through in May.
Absolutely the highlight of the visit was the water feature with a fountain and little waterfall and the out-of-this-world water lilies and the exotic lotus, both in full, glorious, breathtaking bloom. With beauties like this providing live advertising and being 20% off, you just know one of us was going to leave there with one. Guess who.
They had beautiful Water Hyacinths (Eichhornia crassipes) for four dollars (after the discount) and I wish I'd gotten a couple of them. There was water lettuce, too, but I chose a hardy rose-colored water lily (Nymphaea) and a Lobelia syphilitica that's blue-flowering..
In addition to the water plants, I bought a new climbing rose - Morning MagicTM - and a beautiful 'Blue Muffin' Viburnum. Mom bought some things, too and our already-full van got fuller.
The two water plants will be nice additions to those we already have growing in the little pond in Max's Garden. There are two Cyperus (C. papyrus 'King Tut' and C. involucratus 'Baby Tut'), Juncus inflexus 'Afro', and Bloody Dock (Rumex sanguineus).
Our two little frogs won't care whether we get beautiful rosy lily blooms, but they should be happy to have the lily pads on which to sun themselves.