Would anybody fork over cash for this sorry looking bunch of plants? I hope so. They are my contribution to my daughter's pre-school Spring Fling fundraiser. Sure, they look a little shabby. After all, they have been languishing in less than ideal conditions in my garden. The purple coneflowers were losing the battle next to some boisterous iris. The globe thistle was doing okay but I've already got enough so I decided to part with this one. Anyone who's ever moved a globe thistle knows just how much this plant resents being disturbed. It flops over pretending to play dead. At least the mountain bluets look okay.
I hope potential customers see past the sad appearance of these plants. They are the toughest in my garden. Globe thistle, despite its drama queen performance, is a survivor. Same for all the others. I've added homemade labels with plant information and instructions to each pot. I'm sure that will help with the sales pitch. But at a buck a pot, I might not need help. I'm sure there are gardeners out there who will recognize a steal when they see it.
And now for something completely different. Ladybugs. My thanks to The Crafty Gardener for the great idea of painting rocks to look like these wonderful insect visitors to the garden.
I'm the first to admit that my ladybugs don't come close to the Crafty Gardener's creations but I'm working with a four-year old. She loved the project. And I have to admit, I think that ladybug face has some character. I'd recommend it as a great garden project for any kid (or kid at heart).