Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I Try to Support Local Retailers, BUT they Never Have What I Want & Park Princess Dahlias

I know the Internet is killing small-town retailers. I hate to see that happen, but...

I tried to buy some new Crocs locally. The shoe store salesman said they stopped carrying them when the Croc company was having financial problems three years ago. As far as I could tell, there was not a pair to be had in this entire town.  So I was forced to go online where I was pleasantly surprised to find a number of different styles at prices nearly half of what I paid locally four years ago.   HALF THE PRICE AND NO SHIPPING! Less than 24 hours after I placed the order, the shoes were shipped. Who could possibly fault me for buying online?

I ordered three pairs--two different colors (some may call them blah colors--I call them neutral) of the original style that I now own.

and one of the bottom style which has black fur across the top--whoo hoo winter Crocs!

I don't wear Crocs in public, just in the garden--but I may wear the bottom pair for casual activities.

I just came in from taking some garden photos. Last year I separated a large pot of pink Park Princess dahlias and I am thrilled that they are blooming so nicely this  year.

I combined the pink with smaller red/purple Rembrandt dahlias. You can see one of those beginning to bloom in the container near the milk can.  I think they will be a striking combination and can't wait to show you these containers in full bloom.

It's been over a week since I worked in these gardens. They are a mess! This is the time of year when most of us wonder why we do all the work. . . the Shastas are dying, all the asiatic lilies are finished, the Lamb's Ear is flopping over, the daylilies have dozens of hanging ugly, squishy, dead flowers...YUCK!  Even the hostas look messy with the whimpy purple flowers (I will be cutting these off soon as I am not a fan of most hosta flowers).
I have had about four weeks of a nice-looking garden.  All that work for 4 weeks? It hardly seems worth it.

Oh, look the delivery van is here with my new little upright freezer for the basement -- Geeez, they took half the tree branches off backing in!
I guess I should get off the 'puter and go see what it looks like.


  1. Your garden still looks beautiful to me. But I know what you mean. My lambs ear is flopped over too. My asiatic lilies never did look good and the day lilies are about done. But I think I have a few pictures to show on Flora Thursday.

  2. It's surprising what you can save online. The retailers need to get with the program if they are to stay competitive.

    Your gardens are sure looking good despite this nasty year.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. your flowers look so nice....they are hard to find around cactus are doing great though

  4. Looks good to me, Zoey. I want a freezer, too. I think we are the only people in this town with one fridge/freezer. When I tell them it's a side by side, they roll their eyes at me.
    Turns out, most of these folks by meat by the animal-not the pound. YIKES!!

  5. Hi Zoey,
    I have to wear athletic type shoes when I'm on my feet, because I had plantar fasciitis (sp) a number of years ago, and sometimes get tendonitis. Those crocks are pretty cool looking.

    I love those dahlias! What beauties! I enlarged both garden photos, and they didn't look a mess to me. I hope your tree was OK.

    Thanks for your comment on my joe pye weed post. I think most flowers do look good together, really. This is the first year the 'Ruby Tuesday' heleniums have been so full and tall like they are.

  6. Those pink dahlias are in the perfect spot..gorgeous!
    You will love the new upright freezer.

  7. Your Dahlias are beautiful. I can't believe I went my whole life not growing them. It took a neighbor with a "welcome" gift of tubers to finally convince me to give them a try.

  8. I guess it's nice to have flowers for every month from tulips to marigolds. It's going to be hot again, so I doubt I will be weeding. I was really happy with the lilies this year, but the garden was full of those sticky vines. And I also liked the veggie corral.
    Your dahlias are gorgeous! My mom's former neighbor was really into dahlias and grew the dinner plate size ones!
    I have no problem buying stuff online. That's where I found the amazing floor mats for my car, the novelty plate, etc. Would be pure luck to find them around here. Could you email me the croc link? Mine are looking shabby. Thx.


I appreciate you taking the time and effort to leave a comment. I will try to answer any questions you have. Please note due to Blogger changing word verification so almost nobody can read it, I have had to change to no word verification and only allow registered users to comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...