Yesterday I told you about my plans for adding a Camelia to the back corner of the Woodland Garden bed. Well today I thought I might check out my local nurseries & big box stores to see what they had on the shelves now. It’s been a couple of weeks since I have even peeked at the garden sections and this is usually the best time of the year to find newly stocked plants. I found this Camelia japonica ’Pink Perfection’ at Lowes just begging to come home with me. You can see a picture of the flower by clicking here. It met all of the requirements that I was looking for to replace the Nandina in that corner of the bed. Since I still had some credit left on the gift card the boys gave me for Christmas I had nothing to lose. Of course I also couldn’t resist picking up three Mediterranean Pink Heath or Erica x darleyensis ’Mediterranean Pink’. These little evergreen shrubs will make for a nice foundation in the new bed I plan on creating along the sidewalk that leads to the front door in the next week or so. They only get 1′ tall and 3′ wide. It will be great to have some winter and early spring blooms to extend the season of interest out front. I also picked up four more of the grow thru rings to put over some of my floppier plants this spring. Once the plants have matured you won’t even see the green coated frames. My intentions are to put them over the Phlox ‘Robert Poore’ which has a nice upright habit until our heavy spring rains & winds hit it. Also I need to replace the one that was sitting on top of my Soapwort since the original one has rusted out and one of the legs broke. Another plant that might benefit from this is Salvia ‘East Friesland’. It tends to be a very wayward plant that wants to lean on it’s neighbors. Now I just need to get busy planting the Camelia and putting my grow rings ontop of the emerging perennials in the garden. With mild temps today and all weekend I plan on taking care of some much needed garden chores. Today I did some overdue weeding in several areas of the garden including the Rose and Woodland beds. It felt great to get my hands dirty again and see the instant gratification that comes with a freshly weeded area. Have a nice weekend everyone!!!