Gardening. In my mind it is one of those people old people do….or maybe really bored people. I love the look of a pretty garden but I’ve never put having one myself on my list of priorities…..until recently.
I’m not sure what caused the change. Maybe it was buying a cottage with a HUGE yard and flower beds. Maybe it was my decision to get my butt off the couch. I’m not sure but these days there are few things that I love more than getting my hands dirty digging in my flower beds. I love taking a weedy bed and turning it in to something pretty.
Unfortunately, the cottage has gotten all the TLC lately because I am there on most weekends. Here is the sadness that was my backyard planters.
Why yes, those are the dead, dried up annuals that I bought in those pots last year. While I could have easily chucked them out with the trash and bough new ones, that didn’t seem overly eco or wallet friendly. Instead I decided to head to the garden centre to buy new plants to fill them. Around the same time, I received an email asking me to check out the The Real Canadian Superstore garden centre. Hmm….I had to get groceries there already so why not.
After buying groceries and loading them in my car (let’s face it…I couldn’t fit plants in my cart which was already packed), I headed for the garden center. At my store it was set up in part of the parking lot which you do not access from the store. As I walked in, I saw all the pretty shrubs they had available. I know shrubs aren’t that sexy but in Calgary they are often the only thing you can keep alive.
Shrubs weren’t what I was looking for on this trip, though, so I headed for the Annuals aisle.
All the pretty! I couldn’t decide on exactly what I wanted so I decided to buy ALL THE FLOWERS and make wonderfully mixed up flower pots. $65 later I had a trunk full of plants and I was headed home.
Wait…before we move on….a bit about the Superstore Garden Centre. They had a great selection of vegetable plants, herbs, shrubs, perennials and annuals in a variety of sizes and price points. I loved that they had vegetable plants that already had vegetables hanging off of them. A few more weeks of ripening and BOOM you have fresh veggies. The plants all looked really healthy as well. One tip….don’t take your grocery cart in to the garden centre. It is totally allowed but they had boxes to pile your plants in that did not fit in the normal buggies. They have specific garden carts for you to use. Now…back to my gardening…
At home I pulled on my gardening gloves and got to work. I ended up pulling weeds for an hour and de-grossifying the flower pots. Another bit of time digging and planting the flowers and I had a pretty backyard again. Plus I had enough plants left over to make a new pot for the front yard.
Now I’ve gotten the gardening bug and I’m heading back to buy more plants both for home and for the cottage. Maybe an herb garden this time or maybe more tomatoes…. Thankfully adding more plants in beds doesn’t cause issues with mowing. I suggested we add another tree at the cottage and I thought Dewey was going to kill me. Then I mowed the lawn and I saw why. Plants you have to mow around = bad.
The Real Canadian Superstore has given me a $50 gift certificate to give to one of you. Use it to go the Garden Centre and chase your happy with a trowel. Enter below:
Disclosure: I was given a gift card to use at Superstore and one to give away to my readers. As always, all opinions are my own.