“Missed Opportunity”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Last Friday when I went to several out of town nurseries, I was very judicious in my plant buying. I didn’t want to buy more than I could plant. But you know the old saying, you always regret what you didn’t do and rarely what you did do. I regret not buying one particular plant. I have never seen one like this before, and could kick myself for passing it up. I blame the heat. It had to have affected my mind.
The plant I am referring to was a white shrimp plant (Justica betonica), sometimes also called squirrel’s tail. The blooms are a very striking spike of small flowers with green and white veins.
How could I have taken pictures and not bought one? This would have looked wonderful next to the white caladiums in my “white” garden. Even though this is hardy only to zone 9, I would have protected it in the winter. I can’t believe I let this one slip by me. Unfortunately, the nurseries are too far away to just hop in the car and go get one. Well, maybe next year.
Even though spring planting is over, the nurseries still had a lot of plants to sell. Coleus, hanging baskets, and oodles of plants. With displays like this, it is no wonder that gardeners can’t resist buying something.
I still have two more of my Friday purchases to plant, and that should hold me over for a while, though I still find myself slowing down whenever I pass a plant place. I figure in about two weeks, I’ll be ready for something new. Is this what you call an addiction?