alas, we only know from stories because the previous owners [who lived here between us & the gilberts for a year or two] stripped the yard of all flowers & had every shrub & bush cut to the ground... i know, tragic & cruel. so, while i lament the gilbert glory days, it is pretty neat to have a blank canvas all our own.
we've spent so much time on the inside of the house, but now that it's spring, we're ready to switch focus a bit to cultivate the outside. we've been looking at plants at home improvement stores, but we refuse to pay those ridiculous prices! we miss the farmers' market in raleigh, which [unlike here in lafayette] is open daily year-round.
and then, shaun found ms. betty! he was perusing craigslist & found this woman who sells transplants of all the plants in her huge garden for $1 per "clump"! we visited her tonight & racked up!
[we filled the back of the endeavor with a variety of plants]
we paid only $30 for all of this!!! what we got for the money: one bush-like herb called rue, three decent-sized hosta plants [that we can divide into 6 or 7 plants], 4 plastic bags full of day lilies in orange & red, & seven different kinds of herbs [orange mint, apple mint, spearmint, greek oregano, italian oregano, garlic chives, & lemon balm]. what a loot! we loosely figured that we paid a third of what this would have cost us at the farmers' market & who knows how much less than retail stores!
tomorrow, we get to begin filling our yard with beautiful bounty once again, & without breaking the bank!