Another Reason I Don’t Buy Plants at Home Depot
So this past Saturday I headed to my local Home Depot to buy some of those big brown paper yard waste bags. It was a cold day, about 33 degrees, and the ground was still frozen – but warm enough for some spring clean up.
But Home Depot wasn’t going to be distracted by the local weather and soil conditions. Because it was SPRING, which means it’s time to sell plants. And there they were, shelf after shelf of plants of all kinds. Now, I suppose the pansies and other early spring annuals can be excused. People can keep them outside until the ground thawed, or put them in containers.
But this was inexcusable: pincushion flower (Scabiosa columbaria) – already in bloom. Now in a normal year pincushion flower in Chicago might bloom in May. In this abnormal year I doubt they will be in flower before June. Where did they ship these in from, Venezuela?
I felt like lodging a complaint with the SPCPG (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Plants and Gardeners). What happens when a homeowner hacks a hole out of the frozen earth as a new home for one of these innocent perennials? I really don’t want to think about it.
And they claim on TV to offer expert gardening advice?
Am I the only person driven crazy by this?
Oh, and they didn’t have any brown paper yard waste bags in stock.