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April 26, 2013. What happens when spring arrives late and the plant sale arrives early? A lot of bare-looking pots! On a normal year, by the first Saturday in May just about all perennials are showing some growth (there are some exceptions, which is why I've never offered Baptisia alba in the sale, for example). But this year, things didn't quite work out that way, and some of the late-rising perennials are just barely poking their heads up. That means that the last several things added to the plant sale sit in pots that look mighty empty. Such as the Agapanthus pot in the photo here. I finally decided to offer up two divisions of the plants I grew years ago – but you have to squint to see the little flat-bladed new growth emerging. Same goes for Rodgersia aesculifolia, Hibiscus moscheutos, Pinellia tripartita, Baptisia australis, and Asclepias tuberosa. And of course all the balloonflowers. So my customers tomorrow will have to trust me when I say there's strong plants in each of those empty-looking pots. Luckily, I believe I've built some trust over the past decade of plant sales. And if those plants don't sell, I have a bunch of places in my own garden areas (sadly neglected until after the sale, as usual) where they'd live quite happily. Now I'd better hurry off for last-minute preparations – I can't believe the sale is tomorrow!

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