“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Friday, March 31, 2006
To Market, To Market...
Tomorrow is the day of the first big plant sale of the year, which officially kicks of Farmer's Market season. Today I've been busy putting things in pots - staghorn ferns, banana trees, day lilies, gladiolus, petunias, angel trumpets. The angel trumpets are my favorite. The ones in the greenhouse are blooming early, their big bell-shaped blooms perfuming the air. The day lilies were a real pain. Larry had dug up a whole mat of them and I had to separate the things before potting them, no small feat when you consider the bulbous roots were all twined together. I used a knife to loosen the roots before wrenching the lilies apart. It worked, although I ended up splattering myself with dirt. It's a good thing I'm not prissy.
At least the weather was perfect for working outdoors, almost too perfect. It was so sunny that I was resorted to wearing the floppy hat I purchased after my sun-loving mother had two melanomas removed and made me afraid of natural light.
Our little gardening business grows every year, and I wonder if a year from now we'll be in a position to hire part-time help. Perhaps at this very moment a starry-eyed Mexican is plotting a way to get past the Minutemen just to achieve his American dream of working for us and listening to my husband have a meltdown everytime he finds a slug in the greenhouse.
But those dreams will have to wait. Right now we are truly a mom and pop operation. Well, mom, pop and the kids. Alex and Lucas helped today. John did not, but it was an excused absence owing to his irrational but hilarious fear of bees. He saw one today and screamed like a girl, and it wasn't even after him.
Today wasn't all work for me, though. My mother and erstwhile babysitter consented to keep the kids this morning so I could get away to the bookstore, where I slipped into a state of absolute bliss upon finding a long-coveted book waiting waiting for me with a big "50% off" sticker slapped right on the jacket.
Tomorrow, though, the focus will be not on spending money, but making some. Hopefully I'll have some good news, interesting anecdotes and nice pictures from our first plant sale of the year. Wish us luck!