|Orchid lover's paradise!|
|The "Bargain Tents," where I picked up some |
plants for my dish gardens for as little as $1
Orchids, ferns, bromeliads, succulents. It was fascinating just to browse the incredible assortment of plants.
|Racks of bromeliads|
This is a huge sale and very well-known in the Sarasota area, apparently, but it was all new and wonderful to me.
I knew I was in trouble when a nice lady leaving the sale gave me the large garden cart she had been using to haul her treasures to her car.
Actually, I managed to restrain myself. I am really trying to utilize more natives in my yard, so I kept the plant buying to a minimum because I am saving my money for the USF Plant Fair this weekend.
|The angel wing begonia in its new home|
|Who could resist these showy little bromeliads?|
I've learned my lesson. My new tiilandsias are going to be anchored to driftwood and suspended from the side of our detached shed, where the squirrels can't get them. Theoretically.
Even though I really don't need many more plants in my landscape, the Tropiflora excursion reminded me of how inspiring and just plan fun it can be to spend a day with beautiful plants and like-minded plant lovers. I'm already getting excited about the USF Plant Sale -- my wish list is ready!
Who else is going to the USF Fest?