Tuesday, June 01, 2010
This is the weekend of the annual Garden Jubilee in the city next door. They shut down Main Street for several blocks and vendors line the street. In an attempt to placate folks who don't want to have to park and walk so far, they didn't shut down enough streets for all the vendors, so when the street part ran out, the sidewalks were nearly impassible. DD stopped to look at a necklace and nearly got run over by a mom with a stroller. I felt badly for the sidewalk vendors, but after one block of this, DD and I abandoned that end of the Jubilee and headed back for the wider areas.
She bought 2 Venus fly traps to put in her office, as her building has an inner courtyard with vegetation, and insects are making their way into the offices. Since she is also a walking banquet for mosquitoes, she bought a plant (I don't remember its name) that has multiple pitchers that lure mosquitoes to lay their eggs, and then the plant digests them and the baby blood-suckers never develop. This one she's going to hang from the tree by her front door, as it likes filtered sunlight, and that's where her mini-garden is. The gal travels with insect repellent and Benadryl.
Lowe's was the main sponsor, and they had a landscaper from Southern Living giving small lectures both Sat. and Sun. I wish I'd taken more pictures, but most of the ones I took were to remind us where we wanted to visit a second time, and they weren't good quality. We lingered over some lovely wreaths, and some beautiful spinners--one with a holographic hummingbird whose wings fluttered as the disc spun in the wind. Luckily they're local, so I might check out their shop later in the season. There was a man from north Alabama with wonderful benches and chairs made from old boards. Some of the chairs had cutout seats for planters, and some benches with high backs had hinged seats for storage. I was this close to buying one, but then I came upon something I knew I'd kick myself if I didn't buy it. I did get the man's business card, though, and am hoping maybe he'll be back for Belle Chere in July, or the Apple Festival in September.
So what could I not live without?