Garrett and I ran errands today, and among other places, I wanted to stop at Zimmer's Nursery to look for Malabar spinach plants or seeds and pumpkin seeds. They weren't going to have more Malabar spinach until September, but I did get two six-packs of tall zinnias that I love, and then on the way out, I noticed this huge, gorgeous bush. I had Garrett get out and stand by it for a photo. We went back and I found out it was a ponciana or Mexican Bird of Paradise plant, and bought a small one to plant in the yard.
Besides a few groceries, here is what I ended up with today. Well, the Mexican Flame Plant (on the left side of the table) is from the Farmer's Market the other day. I still haven't planted it, because I got in a big weeding and flower bed cleaning project and now it'll have to wait until the spot I intend for it is cleaned. Apparently supporting slave labor and human rights abuses in China (sigh), I bought these three lawn chairs and the brown table at Walmart. I got the organic pumpkin seeds and some sunflower seeds there too.
It's still way too hot out in the yard now, but around sunset, I hope to get out there and finish most of the flower beds and get started on planting. Wish me luck!