Browsing Archives for October 2010

This is a great time of year to buy a shrub.

I know, I know – you are probably thinking Hey Rechelle!  Isn’t it is always a great time of year to buy a shrub!  And… Are you serious Rechelle? – I buy shrubs at least once a week!  And…  Hello!  When exactly is it NOT a great time to buy a shrub!

Well – yes – it is almost always a good time to buy a shrub (except for when the ground is frozen) but right now is an especially good time to buy one.


Because right now you can see the shrubs in all of their Autumnal glory!

And please try and remember!  I work at a Garden Center people! Shrub viewing is one of many ways that I occupy myself during the slower seasons at work.  Here are other things that I do when the Garden Center is deader than a door nail…

Dust shelves.

Sweep floors.

Dust more shelves.

Dust more.




Sweep floor.

Take long slow drinks at the water fountain.

Arrange Christmas merchandise!

Christmas stuff!!!


More Christmas.


Even more Christmas…

Still Christmas.

Christmas crap.

Christmas crapola.

More Christmas Crap!

Lose desire to ever celebrate Christmas again.


Long slow drink of water….

Dust more shelves.

Notice with prickly tingles of fear that there are teeny tiny mouse turds on the low shelf that I am dusting.

Worry that I am now going to die from deer mouse fever.

Deer mouse fever.

Death from deer mice.




Chat with co-workers.

Chat with co-workers some more.



Christmas crap.


Dust more shelves.

Admire shrubs.


So admiring the shrubs is just one of the many intense responsibilities that I have at my job during the slow season.

It’s not easy being me.

Here are a few shrubs that have exceptional Fall color….

Lynwood Gold Forsythia.

Turns out that the bright yellow Spring plant also has great fall color.



From brilliant gold to ruby red, there are several variety of Sweetspires that put on a great Fall display.


Currently my favorite fall shrub for it’s brilliant orange leaves.  I want to plant one of these surrounded by Blue May Salvia.

Burning Bush.

No one does Fall like the Burning Bush.

Oregon Grape Holly.

Want some Fall color in a shade garden?  This is your plant.

Snowball Viburnum.

Massive white blooms in the Spring and dramatic wine colored foliage in the Fall.  I hope to plant one of these in the near future.

Now go out and admire you some shrubbery people!

Everyday at work for the past few weeks I have been pestering Darla to bring me some bittersweet.

Hey Darla did you bring me any bittersweet?


Did you remember the bittersweet?

Where’s my bittersweet Darla?


I really need some bittersweet Darla.

I need it.

Did you get it?

The bittersweet?

Can you bring it tomorrow Darla?



Darla has a few patches of it growing on her farm.  She likes to wait until after it has opened to pick it, so I had to wait too.

I waited and waited and waited.

Finally I got sick of waiting and I asked her if I could go get the dang bittersweet myself.  Darla said I could.  I think she was sick of me asking about it.

Bittersweet is a vine and it likes to grow up fences and on sturdier plants.  I have been keeping an eye out for it since the beginning of October hoping to decrease my dependence on Darla, but I only found one patch growing on a drive far north of town and I wasn’t able to pick it at the time.










Darla told me where her patch was located, but she also told me about some growing in a nearby cemetery.  Feeling kind of weird about cutting bittersweet on Darla’s land while she wasn’t home, I opted to cut some at the cemetery.  I don’t know what the laws are governing cutting a few vines off of a patch growing on an old fence in a cemetery, but if there are any, I probably broke them.  I cut a whole bunch and then later I went back and cut some more.  I wanted enough to trim the mantle and the dining room chandelier. I wish I had cut even more.

I really, really like bittersweet.

I wonder if I would like it as well if it was called pigberry or runnyrunsweed or grubblenuts.

Hmmmmmmm. It does make one wonder…

The berries opened a few days after I hung it up.

I am going to try and grow some from seed this year and Darla might dig me some of her plants.  I don’t know if I am more likely to get the plants if I pester her everyday from now until next Spring or if I sort of lay low and rely on body language to communicate my desperate need.  Which method do you think is more effective?

Because there’s nothing I like more than home decor that is made from something natural and is completely free.

It just makes me so dad gum happy.  I feel like I have won the lottery.  Look at my free bittersweet!  It was made by nature and not a child in a sweat shop!  It didn’t cost me a dime and a factory worker in China didn’t have to work a twelve hour shift to manufacture it!  It will not end up in a land fill! It’s so beautiful! Soooo beautifuuuuuuul!

And the glittery skeleton that is hanging amidst all that gorgeous bittersweet?



There’s not one thing natural about him.

But he makes me happy too.

More Mums

October 21st, 2010

I can never decide what color of mum to buy.

Gold – Too obvious?

Purple – Too freakin’ K-State?

Red – Too dramatic?

Orange – Too clownish?

Guess which color I got.