Gardening centers = mixed blessing

Gardening centers = mixed blessing

Normally I love my local garden store. It's been there for decades even though the town has grown up around it, farmers still come there to buy their seeds. Yay: Getting five 2-year asparagus crowns for $2! Take that, Burpee, you and your 25 crowns for $30. I cant possibly use 25 crowns, but five is perfect. Ugh: They are selling vegetable flats, and the lettuces, onions and broccoli are already 4-5 inches tall. Violas and pansies already blooming! Wah, why can't my seedlings look like that? I am still waiting for the majority of mine to get even a second set of leaves! I started them in February, did I wait too long? Argh, how did they get theirs to grow so fast. Grumble. I must resist the urge to buy these flats, but I am worried, did I wait too long to start my seeds? Am I going to miss the growing season unless I get these older plants? Zone 7b for the curious.
Three unknown trees with berries

Three unknown trees with berries

Plant ID Needed Please!

Plant ID Needed Please!

I do love to make sugar cookies

I do love to make sugar cookies

. . . and growing and growing and growing. . .

. . . and growing and growing and growing. . .

Bugs!

Bugs!

Asakura – a Japanese sasanqua with large flat semi-double white flowers and upright growing habit

Asakura – a Japanese sasanqua with large flat semi-double white flowers and upright growing habit