Wednesday, 27 June 2012
When the frugal left hand doesn't know what the frugal right hand is doing!
Can you guess what those twiggy things are that are in the terracotta pot in the foreground? They're blueberry plants! Until the weekend, I didn't know that either! Husband bought them in Poundland several weeks ago without me knowing, and planted them in the stoneware pot that's behind the terracotta one. At the weekend I saw what I thought were twiggy weeds in that stoneware pot, removed them and planted a lovely pink Osteospermum in it instead. And another Osteospermum in a nearby pot. And a lovely little Lavender bush.
Then I called Husband to come and see how nice my miniature patio looked, and wasn't it great that the whole thing could be considered a frugal gardening success because I had persuaded our friendly local greengrocer to do me a discount for buying several plants? (Who needs to visit a big garden centre that sucks you into buying more than you need to? Not me!)
Husband looked a bit crestfallen. Where had his frugal gardening success, the blueberry bushes, gone?
Despite nearly 17 years together, the communication in our relationship clearly needs a bit of work. I had no idea that he had been nurturing a fruit bush nursery right outside our back door for the past month or so. He may have been atoning for the time that he accidentally strimmed over some blueberry bushes in the allotment. (They had been a thoughtful present from my sister (sorry Sister!), and were just about reaching maturity and were probably about to start providing punnets full of fresh blueberries. (*Sighs!*) )
Thankfully, I was able to rescue the infant blueberry twigs which have survived being cruelly abandoned for an afternoon. Phew!
May they take heart from our Acer. It was bought 9 years ago, as another tiny twiggy thing, from the aforementioned greengrocer's bargain 'plant's* that are about to die' section, for £1.50 by Granny. So far it has weathered Husband's rigorous strimming, and any marital miscommunications, to become a big, beautiful, healthy specimen.
Do you have any more frugal gardening tips for people like me, who are a bit behind, this season?!
*That is a greengrocers' apostrophe , not mine!