- Author: Patricia Brantley
Published on: February 17, 2021
What can you get for a buck these days? Well, as it turns out, if you look deep enough, you can find great deals on seasonal stuff.
Okay, I know you're all saying stuff like "who needs a poinsettia in February,?Orapaperwhite in March?" But the deals are there and it's a great time to experiment with things. I myself found a bunch of little Lemon Cypress at a grocery store...20 Cents each. They weren't past their permanent wilt point, so I scooped them up and brought them home. Please note that the photo below is from a different store, but the same breed, if you will, and just look at the original price!! 19.98!?! If the ones I bought make it, I'll be ecstatic as I'll have a new row of privacy hedge. If not, I'll be a little disappointed but for .20 each...I won't be that torn up at the $2 investment.
I did spend a bit more on the poinsettias, those were still in good shape, for the most parts (missing a few bracts) but those were .50 cents each. I'm going to try and see if I can nurse them through the rest of the year. You never know, right? There is the joy of the unknown, and the fun of playing plant scientist.
Another one that I'm still on the lookout for is the Norfolk Island Pine They're in all the Big Box stores and look kind of like very young Redwoods but turns out they're actually tropical plants, not meant to be cold weather Christmas decor at all. Neither were Poinsettias really, right?! I'd really like a shot at one of those, although I just can't bring myself to pay 20 bucks plus during the holidays, with less venturing out lately, I haven't been in the right spot at the right time for one of those yet.
Look hard enough and you might find some leftover amaryllis ( I found mine for $1, $2 for the ones with the nice galvanized tin) and paperwhites. The red amaryllis is great for Valentines ( I think mine will bloom by then) and the lightly fragrant paperwhites make a great mantle display in that awkward decorating time between February and Easter.