Everyone knows I like a good deal. And where is a good place to get a deal? Garage sales, Craig's list. So on a cold Saturday morning, with David gone for the weekend, what better thing to do than catch a few sales on the way to doing a few other chores.
First one I went to I really got an unbelievable bargain. A pair of Leki walking poles in perfect condition. "How much?" I ask. $1. Wow, I never expected that. Now I do have a pair but the baskets are lost and it would cost me more to replace them. I'm feeling pretty chuffed.
On I go. I'm looking for garden stuff, of course and have no luck at the next 3 but then this. I see a garden overflowing with cactus and agaves and in the sale several pots of cactus. Here is what I got.
Price? $15. Yes!!
However, the story does not end there. One of the pots rolls over in the back of the truck and all the soil and cactus fall out. It's wet and heavy and I see rot. The center cactus has collapsed inside. All those little babies were attached to her. Now they are on their own. Next I discover there are ants in the center of the mother, with eggs. Well, who can blame them. A nice hollowed out house just waiting for them. SO I rinsed them all out and left the mother to dry for a day or two then potted her up. She did have some nice roots. We shall see. Now I realize I need to get all the others separated from their soil because it is all heavy and wet. Two of the long arms break off! This is not turning out to be such a bargain. However, it is now repotted in some decent free-draining soil and looks much happier. The other two pots are outside drying out. I am pretty sure that I have a nice clump of lace cactus in one pot and these will go in the ground. I still have to deal with the last pot. Do you think I got a deal? I still think so.
I got a little tour of the garden with the lady of the house and her grand daughter who translated for me. I was sure she had bought her collection back from Mexico, but no, Home Depot!
The McKee Garden, a stop on the Salem Study Weekend
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