It’s funny how when the gardening centers begin to pare down their stock, I suddenly want to plant like crazy. I’ve been prowling around the local nurseries with a fall-planting itch.

Because everyone’s trying to dump their inventory at the moment, bargains abound.

Like the Zauschneria ‘California fuchsia’ at Jericho Nursery (the one on the frontage road just north of Osuna) are only two bucks each.

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They’re just now starting to bloom – of course I want one. Or four.

At the grocery store, I unexpectedly found a couple of Hoyas marked down to fifty cents each, so I bought two and planted them together. Here’s the new plant in the living room:

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I can’t wait to watch it grow. And I’ll be beside myself if it decides to flower – hoya flowers are sooooo adorable!

I love that I can have a fall-planting itch and be able to scratch it for so little cost.

Another example is how I collected Desert Marigold seeds from my landlady’s plant, and threw them in this planter:

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Cost: Zero!

I got another couple of Chayotes at the store (they’re a buck apiece) and planted them, too.

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Next I’ll plant some beets and some lettuce, probably more rounds of carrots and radishes, too. I can’t wait to get growing again!

What about you? Do you get the urge to plant in the fall, or only in the spring?