You aren’t going to believe this. I have found the happiest place on earth and it is located somewhere in fairly rural Pennsylvania!
Having driven by this Elysium on several occasions, my husband and I decided to finally stop and take a peek yesterday. I am so happy to report that it was every bit as perfect as I imagined it would be.
Rows and rows of every kind of flowering tree, shrubs, exotic trees, perennials, and beautiful pottery pots (for very little money!) delighted us at this heavenly little place called Foliage Farm. We had this initial thought that since we were far from home, we wouldn’t actually be able to buy anything. We left our wallets in the car and thought we would just explore a little to see what was there. From the road it appears to be an enormous expanse of living things. And it is. Of course as soon as we stumbled upon these, we had to revise our plan and grab our wallets!
In total we ended up with 6 of these beauties. Even my husband was visibly giddy over the extremely low prices on the pots! A pot like this at the evil box store (which will remain nameless) cost us $20 a few weeks back. These pots were bigger, prettier, and way less expensive!
Once we had broken the seal, it was all down hill. First a picked up a couple innocent little perennials. A cute scabiosa. Then a wallflower which I had heard from @4bratz2luv look great in the front yard and attract lots of butterflies and bees. Then the cutest little dianthus in ruby red with great grassy-looking foliage. Oh and bit by bit I ended up with 10. It was a beautiful sunny day (on cloud 9) surrounded by living, green, springy things! What a difference 1 zone makes. We are still without green grass or anything blooming.
Before we checked out we contemplated the many beautiful flowering trees. There were several we would have brought home had we a slightly bigger vehicle. The gorgeous yellow butterfly magnolia would be at the absolute top of my list. Its delicate blossoms looked like orchids perched on its slender branches. Alas, too big. We ended up with a star magnolia in the backseat all the way home and it is precious. It is our first tree together. My husband immediately felt protective of our little one and ask me all the way home, “how’s he doing? is he too bendy? is he OK back there???” and we mentally rearranged our yard several times to imagine the perfect spot for him.
Of all the ways to spend a sunny Friday afternoon, that has to be the best. I seriously think it was a strong 9 on a 1-10 scale and about as close to perfection as a day on this earth could be. How lucky I am in this life to have love, abundance, and a star magnolia.