I hope you were one of the folks out and about in the greenhouse and garden center this weekend.  We finally got a long overdue beautiful weekend!  In anticipation of the opportunity I loaded up my cart  and my car Friday with a new pot, a gorgeous hanging basket, vegetables and more annuals that I had plans for.

It seems in gardening there is always one more spot and one more empty container that can be filled with whatever goodies I just must bring home.


I usually plant the same things in the vegetable garden every year, choosing plants rather than seeds for broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.  The collars made from one gallon nursery pots with the bottoms cut out help keep the water tubes in place and help prevent cutworms from mowing down my newly planted seedlings.  Cardboard rings made from strips of cereal boxes do the trick too.  Every year or two I manage to trap one cut worm in the ring and lose a plant anyway.


I also start a few harder to find pepper and tomato varieties from seed in March, but always grab a few extra heirloom tomatoes and bell peppers from the greenhouse. There are many varieties to choose from especially if you like your peppers hot and spicy!

Since my garden is off to a late start I also grabbed a six pack of both lettuce and kale so I don’t have to be too patient waiting for those to sprout and to enjoy a garden fresh salad.


My vacant and colorless porch and deck are now filled with beautiful containers and my window boxes planted.  The back deck is also full of pots packed with sun loving blooming annuals.  Everything feels better with flowers right?


Porch window box with Dragon Wing Begonias, trailing coleus and lobularia.


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Twisty juncus grass, coleus, bronze leaf begonia and creeping Jenny.


If you didn’t have a chance to plant this weekend the greenhouse and garden center are filled with a great selection of annuals for sun or shade, vegetable plants, hanging baskets and so much more!

Sargent’s staff can help you find the perfect combination of plants for your containers and garden beds.


Let’s all hope summer is here to stay!