Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Birthday Fun

Some of you might have noticed that I kind of like flowers.....well OK, I LOVE them!  Anyway, each year in the week leading up to my birthday my Dad takes me plant shopping.  Last year we got 6 blueberry bushes at the whole sale place (we now have our first crop of the little beauties ripening on the vine er branch ;))
Yesterday, we went to Goodness Grows and wonderful garden whole sale (gotta love those tax ID#'s they get you the best deals!) nursery and I went nuts.  Not only does this place have a the regular plants, they also have a lot of unusual varieties that you just can't find any where else, and for such a good price!  We got Old Fashioned Nicotiana (flowering tobacco) an annual that reseeds prolifically - I love it when garden gives back :)  also some Queen Anne's Lace which I LOVE, a pink Clematis with tulip-like blooms a Baptista and Russian Sage.  Except for my tobacco plant and the clematis most of my plants were fairly normal things that I've been wanting to add to my garden.......
I MUST remember this grouping when I plant my delphinium and foxgloves this fall.....

The entire place is set up like the most beautiful garden

Dad and my Nicotiana

View from the wrap around porch at check out

Ready for checkout- note: not ALL of these were mine- my Dad got some too :)

I LOVE this combination...

Me and my Dad

After buying flowers, we went for a beautiful lunch in Athens home of the Georgia Bulldogs and then got stuck in traffic for two hours.....all in all, what a GREAT day!


Jeanie Callaghan said...

What a wonderful way to commemorate your birthday! You must post pictures when your garden is all in bloom.

Regina said...

Ohhh Stephanie...what a wonderful post...a beautiful post actually!! I love that you and your Dad have this special are so blessed. I do hope we get to see all of your lovely plants in YOUR garden soon. (hint girl pics) I hope that your special day is just as special as you are.


Kathy said...

What a lovely way to celebrate.. and such a gorgeous place to shop..I love this kind of shopping.. great pic of you and your Dad...
Have a loverly day!

Luthien said...

awwww... what a LOVELY post!! and hehehehe ... you're daddy's girl alright :) i love visiting garden centers too unfortunately i just visit cos i dun have a garden :( ... hey hey ... happy happy birthday!!! :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your art day in the garden sounds absolutely perfect, spent with your dad. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I know it's already lots of fun, just spending time with your dad, and seeing all the wonderful plants you (and your dad) picked.

Tammy said...

What a special day spent with your father, Steph. How sweet to make it a birthday tradition. I like the photo of you two together. Very sweet. I hope you have a beautiful year, girl!