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Saturday, May 10, 2008


(The van I rented was saved for the smaller plants, lots of Sempervivum and adorable things like them. I was worried that people wouldn't like them but they sold like hot cakes at 2 for $5)

This is a half finished posting. (now finished :-))

We are sold out.

By 1:30 there were slim pickings

At 2:30 we loaded the last "left over" 20 plain green hosta into the rental van and declared

(At the last minute Ronnie was able to get us a big box truck. Thank goodness because the van I rented was a joke. It would have taken us 10 trips with that little thing. Here's part of the floor of the box truck, with Hosta and almost 200 pots of Daylilies)

Thanks to all of you, those who came, those who worked, those who bought and those of you who sent all those good wishes.

When I get back in the house later I'll add some photos to this post.(This was the double rack in the box truck. It was chock full of Sedums, Liriopes, and mini daylilies)

Plant Sale 2008? It was a smashing success and we broke the bank!


Kim said...

Congratulations! All your hard work really paid off!!
(I've been checking back hear hoping you'd post.)

BTW, you were amazing handling all those questions.

Cinj said...

YAY! Congratulations. See? Now those people can eat their words. I'm glad it was so successful.

Anonymous said...


AmandaG said...

Great for you!!! Congratulations to your success! Your hard work paid off.

Dave said...

Congrats Melanie! You've worked hard take some time off and spend it gardening for yourself now!

Anonymous said...

FANTASTIC!!! I was hoping you'd have an update. I am so glad that those small-minded nay-sayers were proven wrong.

You did a great job!

I'm only sorry that I didn't see your Friday posting about the additional perennials - specifically the gold hosta. Bummer.
Chris (from class)

redrahde said...

Sold Out--How great is that!!! I'm really happy for you. Wish I could have been there.

Debbie said...

Congratulations, Melanie.

Those giggling parents can now eat crow.

garden girl said...

Congratulations Melanie! I'm happy your sale was such a smashing success. I only wish I could have been there!

I hope you can enjoy some much-need R&R now that it's over. Have a happy Mother's Day.

Gail said...


Fabulous! Now you can rest on Mother's Day! Happiest to you.


Gina said...

melanie - that is great news. That'll teach those negative doubting ladies to doubt the power the plant.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Your plants look so healthy! It's no wonder they sold like hotcakes!

Anna said...

I'm doing cartwheels for you!! Woo hoo!! That is so fantastic! I just reread old post and got caught up--I can't get on my blog cause of the wordpress server being down and our power has been off all day--but I did see you commented on our tornado woes. Thank you. You are truly a gracious and giving person. I applaud your long years of digging and giving.

So you broke the bank!! Well, Well....I'm sure lots of kids will benefit from this huge success. Bravo.
Healing hugs to your heart and loving thoughts to your family for giving so much to others during the weeks that led up to the big event.

Melanie said...

Kim, it was amazing to see you, Paul, and so many other friends come and support the sale. The monarda from you was so popular, people bought up every pot long before noon.

To all of you, thank you so much for your congratulations.

Chris, I wish I could have grabbed one of those golden Hosta for you, I didn't even get to grab one for me!

Dave, you would have been so proud of those marching band kids, they worked like crazy for the first time. They formed a fireman chain to unload the trucks, ran to passing cars waving signs to ask people to come buy, lifted rain soaked pots off the floor to table tops for restocking, swept floors, washed tables and more.

One young girl made it her mission to learn about the daylilies and she was so sweet that nobody could turn her away and the daylilies were gone by noon.

Do you know what? When I got home the first thing I did was go out to my little rock garden and start potting up sempervivum :-) It was wonderful to just play with them for myself.

Helen said...

Fantastic and congrats! I wish I could have come along

Nichole said...

It was great, can't wait until next year!

kathi~lavender, lace and thyme said...

WOW! Congratulations on your successful sale! Your pictures are so amazing, what a lot of work but to see people loving your plants must be priceless :)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I had a feeling those Epimediums were going to go like hotcakes. Congrats on a job well done!

Amy said...

Wow! What an amazing selection of plants. Wish I could have been there :)

GardenJoy4Me said...

See ! I told ya' so girl !
That is just great Melanie .. the snicker people must be a tad ? deflated ? haha

chey said...

Congrats Melanie! That's an amazing amount of work that you've done. It looks like you could have stocked a whole garden centre.Wish I could have been there for some of your daylilies:). Well done!

Esther Montgomery said...

I'm wondering what happened about the boy who wanted to help in the morning?

He and his mum may have been irritating but worrying you might sell out before his turn in the afternoon was, after all, a vote of confidence.