Fall is a great time for planting. It allows roots to get established before the next growing season. Fall is also a good time to visit nurseries because they often have end-of-the-season sales.
So...last week, we felt compelled to wander through a local nursery to check out their offerings. By season's end, plants do get picked over pretty well, but we always find something that is on our list for the farm. With a tight budget, we generally only buy sale items or inquire about wholesale policies. We were able to get some foundation stock plants that looked healthy.
We bought two more blueberries bushes (Duke and Bluecrop), another tea plant (Camellia sinensis), cone flower (Echinacea purpurea) and a couple of ground covers.
Next on the list are a couple of fruit trees when we have the funds. With their long maturing times, it's imperative that we get them in the ground soon.
The nursery we went to also had gorgeous Stonecrop (Sedum 'Autumn Joy'). I would have loved to purchase one, but we're working hard to stick to our list of just what's needed for the farm at this time, but I thought I'd include a picture of it. It was covered with bees, but they are hard to see in the photo.
We also saw a little frog in their ground covers (always a good sign). The plants were moist and seemed somewhat cool. We tried to get a photo, but the frog was moving through them pretty quickly. I imagine we were part of the incentive to find cover. We got a picture just as he was going behind some leaves, so now it's a seek-and-find photo.