An Early Trip to the Greenhouse


We had such a cold, wet spring last year that I did not get to my favorite greenhouse in time to buy large geraniums so off I went today with the dogs in tow.  The geraniums are not very big and pretty yet but I bought them anyway along with some assorted bedding plants.  And then I saw the selection of succulents.  Oh my!  Six inch pots of very big healthy plants for $2.49 each!  I could not pass them up – I bought 14 of them!  I will definitely have to sort through my multiples and sell them in June.  Collections of all kinds need some new blood now and then – ha!


And here are Ozzie and Bandit after just one day at Lucky Dog Farm – exhausted at my feet. 

Meet Cricket and Oliver who belong to a good friend of mine.  Who could resist these guys?  They are so darned cute, aren’t they?  My friend Betsy was at a sale this weekend where there was a one day old pygmy goat that looked like Susannah for sale.  The feeding bottle was next to the pen – she thought of me and maybe I’ll do it again someday but not this year. 

I’m off to work with the plants!

18 thoughts on “An Early Trip to the Greenhouse

  1. Rose Mikulski

    It’s nice that you take your boarders on field trips; Lucky Dog Farm is going to need a bus!

  2. Connie Blyler

    I want to come plant shopping with you in Iowa Mary! I just paid $3.49 each for 3″ pots of little succulents the other day. Your succulents are gorgeous…. I’m envious! 🙂

  3. Phyllis

    Wow where did you get your new succulents…my hubby loves them n his birthday is in a week
    N I would love to get him some…thanks. PJ from Mason City

  4. Bernadette Jackson

    Ah, Lucky Dog Farm. Just reminded me of a book I read last month, A Lucky Irish Lad. If you want a break from your quilting, occasionally, give it a try. Mary, The Girl on the Train is on my future reads list. Happy Spring!

  5. Paula S.

    Even though I don’t comment much, I enjoy reading your blog and looking at the pictures you post. I’m glad you’re enjoying your retirement. What fun!

  6. kay kopacek

    Planting sounds so good. Hope the weather is here to stay. No more snow please

  7. Launa

    Mary, I thought of you yest’dy when I watched a TiVo program of Hawaii Vet on National Geographic channel. He went to a goat farm dairy to dehorn a ram. The ram is probably going to be as tuckered out as Ozzie and Bandit as there were over 100 at the dairy.

    Cricket and Oliver are just so precious sitting on the wicker chair. A calendar moment for sure!

    I do admire your selection of succulents. Retirement is just wonderful when you allow yourself to spend time enjoying “spring fever”.

  8. Ann Barlament

    Your exhausted boarders will need a vacation after their humans return. Just too much fun on the farm. Succulents and cactus are my favorites. Enjoy the day.

  9. Kim Odonnell

    I usually don’t comment on your blogs, but as I was reading this one today I realized just how much I enjoy them. You dog boarding amazes me. I love the glimpses of farm life. I was thrilled to see your strip of triangle blocks were not all exactly the same size. Thanks for a smile almost every day. PS. My hubby won our family NCAA pool for the second year in a row. Kim from Lake Anna, Va

  10. Barbara Russell

    Do you plant the succulents in the ground or keep them in pots. I think I would like to try some here in Duluth, the ones you bought look so beautiful and healthy. I am so glad you are enjoying retirement so much, well deserved!

  11. Carol

    Do you have an address or phone number for Country Side Gardens…I cannot find them on the Internet and would love to stop and see what they have!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carol – the greenhouse is located 5-6 miles north of Floyd on Hwy. 218. Doubt they have a phone and are not likely to be online.

  12. Cathy Platzer

    Mary could you do me a favor and ask Connie to give me her email. I’d like to touch base with her before we set sail. Praying for Susan H. at this time so she will be able to go next week end.

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