This time of year is great for the start of sales and discounts on plants and garden supplies. I always keep my eye out for a deal when I'm out now. The home improvement stores are clearing out all the summer merchandise and there are some great deals to be had. I've also noticed two of the nurseries I frequent have started clubs that give the members extra percentages off plants year round, and one even lets you accrue points for additional discounts throughout the year. Neither of them required any joining fees or send annoying junk emails. This is definitely something to look into where you live, you never know what you could be missing.
Anyway, I've always wanted some type of arbor in my garden, but didn't want to spend a lot of money on one. Besides that, I didn't know where I would put one. Once the railings on the deck came down I knew the perfect spot, right at the beginning of the pathway. I came across this simple arbor and found it on sale for $35, a deal too good to pass up.
I love how it welcomes you down the path. I set the posts in quick drying cement (which we already had) so it won't blow over in one of our many fall or winter windstorms. I went to a nursery that has given me a discount and bought a Clematis 'Comtesse de Bouchard' to grow on it. It cost about $6.00!
It was a little shady when I took this picture, but you can see how it frames the pond.
So, for not much money I was able to get something for the garden that I've always wanted. I'm still on the lookout for some nice big planters for my deck and hopefully I'll find some great deals on those before the stores are fully stocked with Halloween decorations, which I've already started seeing.