Just a little update about the results of our perennial plant sale...
Our plant sale was well attended...DH kept a tally sheet of how many people came and even put a little asterrik down if they were garden club members! Such a guy thing to want to corral the numbers! teehee
In total we took in a whopping $266.00. We were very pleased with that as any profits had already been allocated to purchasing additional black bark mulch to finish off topping up the beds. Best of all there is over a hundred plants left for my sister, a couple of which are the size of garbage cans!
Now if you know me a bit from this blog, you will know there is often a but...
But, our profit was reduced to $226.00 as this greedy little gardener had the bright (well it seemed a bright idea the week before when it was hot out) to have a cooler with pop cans and water bottles, a coffee urn and the famous Canadian Tims Hortons donuts. We only sold 2 coffees, 2 donuts and 2 waters! I think if it had been a hot day they would have been a great idea but the number cruncher/tally guy says he will be making all the executive decisions regarding just what will be sold at the next plant sale!!! Me thinks that means he will be writing up the signs for the telephone poles too then...teehheeehee The tally guy advises that my free Craigslist add, coupled with 8 handmade (by yours truly) signs on the telephone poles in the nsighbourhood, brought us just over 80 shoppers.Luckily all the half gallon pots and the 6 inchers were free at my local nursery so that kept additional overhead down.
So we are now stocked for cold drinks up at the lake and the freezer is full of 32 Tim's donuts...I am well set for drop in coffee company...donuts anyone?
We were sitting down, just finishing up with our supper, when the doorbell rang and a lady who had been there earlier in the day asked if we would open the gate back up and let her elderly Dad purchase some plants. He was an East Indian gentleman with limited English, and he told me (with a little bit of help and embarrassed giggles from his daughter) that he does all the gardening for all his adult children.
It is the custom here for East Indian families to live together in the same house so they often choose to build very large houses (mega houses) that easily have 8 or 10 bedrooms...often all with ensuites attached. There are two kitchens, a huge kitchen and then just beside it with a closing door is a smaller "spice kitchen" with a very powerful exhaust system.. Grandma and Grandpa, Mum and Dad and the grandkids live together this way. The lots are largish lots by Canadian standards as these can be 6000 or even 7000 sq feet houses. They usually have at least a 3 or even a 4 car garage with a suite above the garage for another of their adult married children.
He proudly explained that they lived in one of these style of houses and invited me to stop by to see his garden anytime! He left me his address, paid for his plants and would not take his change (3 dollars) as he felt bad that they asked us to open back up...A true gentleman!
We had one more lady arrive just after he left and so this boosted our sales...and the number cruncher/tally guy was happy! As we waved goodbye to the last lady, he pocketed her money, smiled and asked me how soon till the plants grow large enough to need dividing again!!! ahahahahaaa