I'm too stinkin' excited to keep my mouth shut for this week's Wordless Wednesday. Since I've no idea how I could picture my actual super-duper-oober excitement, I will show you what has me smiling ear to ear (and possibly jumping up and down, not that I'm admitting to anything):
This, my friends, is Gaillardia 'Oranges & Lemons' Blanketflower, a dearly beloved favorite in my garden since 2007 and missing since the squirrels dug it up & absconded with it in 2008. It's not an easy Blanketflower to get a hold of and I've been on the hunt. Thanks to Mike at Sickles Market, who emailed me yesterday to let me know that these Blanketflower would be arriving today, I know have 3 containers of 'Oranges and Lemons' at home once again. I am so stinkin' Happy, I can't begin to tell y'all!
Of course I had to roam to see what other wonderful things they had in right now and throughout my travels around their beautiful nursery, I happened upon this most gorgeous and unique Bee Balm I've ever seen. It's called Monarda Hybrid 'Pink Lace.' I knew as soon as I saw it where it would go at home!
Lastly, we have Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Blue' Lavender and the soft green foliage alone smells so heavenly I can't wait for it to bloom! I'm going to pot these into the containers just outside of our bedroom window. I may have to swing back and pick up 2 more come to think of it since the containers are on the large side. (As Mom was saying goodbye, she turned to look at me and I was standing on the front porch with my nose buried in the herb and she laughed!)
Of course we bought goodies from their market as well (for me: yellow beef steak tomato's (my favorite!), Sweet Pea Ravioli & spinach artichoke dip mix and for mom: ice cream cake roll & white grapefruit) and Mom also picked up a very pretty Hosta that I didn't think to check the name of. It was a nice time out, not too hot nor too crowded and the rain didn't start until we were leaving. When I thanked Mom (again!) as she was leaving my place, she told me the smile on my face when I brought the 'Oranges & Lemons' over to the cart was thanks enough. (Which only made me smile even more).