Here again is my weekly post for my new favorite thing…
What is Mahoney’s you ask?? Well, it is seriously THE best garden center chain in the north east.
I discovered it maybe a year or two ago when I decided I really wanted to learn how to grow things even though I have the blackest thumb in the world. (I am allowed to say this after killing such plants as bamboo, Christmas cactus, moss, and just about every succulent you can think of) If you know how stubborn I can be, you may suspect that this did not stop me from proceeding to kill just about every living green thing I brought into my apartment for several months at first, in the attempt to say I could care for at least one plant.
Anyway, several months, many dead plants, and even some not-so-dead plants later, I frequent Mahoney’s way more often than I can afford to. They have SOOOO SO SO many plants, and of all kinds. I have especially fond feelings toward them because it is where I bought my first plant that I haven’t managed to kill, my little ZeeZee plant:
Please forgive my horrible photo editing skills. This is the before and after of ZeeZee, one from March 30, 2013 and the second from April 5, 2015…almost exactly 2 years later! I can’t believe how big it’s gotten!
Thus, my love of Mahoney’s was born. Since then, it’s my most trusted source for healthy, hardy plants. It’s also the only place I’ve found that sells tiny ferns and such that are suitable for terrariums. This may seem strange, but usually I can only find good ferns that are already too big to repot into a small terrarium. They also have a TON of containers from glass jars to bonsai pots, beautiful accessories you would never have thought to pair with plants, and a whole room stocked with different kinds of soil, fertilizer, starter kits, and seeds. Seriously, if I need anything for my plant obsession…er…hobby, I know I can get it at Mahoney’s.
I went today, and my goodness was I in heaven. They have since re-organized the interior space which now resembles a lush princess fairy unicorn garden, with hanging pitcher plants, thriving orchids, and a herd of gorgeous citrus trees that are already bearing fruit. I told Beau that I would only stay for half an hour, and a full hour later returned to the car to find him napping in the driver’s seat…oops. I was SO good, though, and only came away with a couple of little ground-covering plants that I want to make into terrariums, some orchid fertilizer (amazingly I have two small ones I’ve had since last summer and haven’t managed to kill yet), and a bunch of seed packs to plant with the little girls I babysit.
A plethora of seed packs: Portulaca blend, Chamomile, Poppies, Painted Daisies, and Watermelons with pulp pots for transplanting. The plants starting on the far left in clockwise order: Angel’s Tears, Saxifrage, Pink Polka Dot Plant, and some kind of little Fern in the front.
It was still more expensive than I can afford, and I know I need to work on this bad habit of mine (especially when the money I’m spending is student loans!!). I did a 6 month trial of not buying anything last year, and it went really well. Maybe I’ll do that again this year.
Anyway, I am just so excited that it is finally getting warm out since that means Mahoney’s plant finds will be super magical for a good while. It makes me hate winter just a bit more, but as long as I know there is a safe fairy haven like Mahoney’s I think I’ll be able to tolerate it a little more.
Their displays are just magical.
This is only a section of the room with so many beautiful containers you can never pick just one.
Everything is so natural…I especially love their Air Plant displays!