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Did the Miracle-Gro Work?

7.07.2010

Last year I had dreams of a beautiful bed of sun loving perennials.  Visions of cut flowers were dancing in my head.  I decided to go with a color scheme of yellow and pink and worked everything I wanted to plant.  Then I started up adding up the numbers realized how expensive plants are.   Ouch. To help ease the budget, we ordered from Bluestone Perennials and got tons of plants in lots a great varieties for not much money.  Last year they were a bit small when we planted them-

 

Yeah pretty puny.  I was a little worried.  OK I was a lot worried.

But this year it has turned into this-IMG_1222

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Still have a little growing to do, but I am amazed what a difference a year makes.  We lost a couple of plants to dogs and rabbits but that was an excuse to feed my plant buying habit for some fill ins.  So if you have a little patience, you should definitely give plant mail-order companies a try.

That and because they send you magazines in the dead of winter for spring ordering.  It’s like plant porn.

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13 comments on "Did the Miracle-Gro Work?"
  1. Gorgeous! B tells me plants take 3 years to reach their full potential - sleep, creep, leap. It's year 3 and ours look worse , so I'm obviously doing something wrong.

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  2. Wow...I am so impressed and inspired. You should share with us what kind of plants they are (for those of us who don't know a lot about plants). I have alot of areas I would like to put in flower beds, but just haven't had the $$$ to do so. I think I can now :)

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  3. That looks great! I just got done redoing our gardens and the plants look a little punny. I'm just hoping that they work as well as yours did next year.

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  4. What a difference! I'm hoping some of our gardens will change like that. My neighbors bought a few small perenials last year and the white daisies really took off this year. So much so, that I wish I had done the same. But I've changed my mind and I have to buy a couple truck loads of dirt before buying more plants (to help fill in where we put foundation stones). Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Holy moly! I love perennials. I'm with Emily about the 3-year plan - I've heard that the first year they sleep, then they creep, then they leap. =) Yours are already leaping. I'm jealous.

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  6. that happened in one year?!? I think the miracle gro worked quite well!

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  7. I'm always stunned by how fast things grow. I'm scared to cut my Annabelle hydrangeas down to 9 inches like they say you should, thinking they will stay small...but I know that isn't the case. It looks so great!

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  8. gorgeous!!! I just signed up!! :) thanks for sharing!!

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  9. Wow, what a difference a year can make! Everything looks so pretty.

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  10. wow! Your patience definitely paid off! Everything looks terrific!

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  11. "It's like plant porn."

    snort.

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  12. Such an amazing transformation. Plant porn - I love it!!

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  13. That's looks really nice. Hard to believe that was only a year!

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