October 22, 2017

You Have Reached Your Destination

The view at the Belfast waterfront outside the facility where the plant sale was held Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Janine Pineo Photo | The view at the Belfast waterfront outside the facility where the plant sale was held Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Note to Readers: Puttering Around is a new feature on Garden Maine. It is the place where Janine waxes on about things when the mood strikes.

The building on Commercial Street in Belfast where the Belfast Garden Club plant sale was held Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Janine Pineo Photo | The building on Commercial Street in Belfast where the Belfast Garden Club plant sale was held Saturday, May 18, 2013.

• By Janine Pineo •

The alarm early this morning was not exactly welcome, so I didn’t budge from bed.

Turns out it paid off.

I was headed to the annual Belfast Garden Club Plant Sale bright and early because you get the best selection then. But my head couldn’t get myself in gear, so I delayed a bit and left an hour later than planned for my daylong jaunt to visit the coast and get plants.

I wasn’t entirely sure where Commercial Street was, so I typed in the address to my phone’s GPS and by the time I arrived, it was well after 10:30 a.m. More like 10:45. And all was supposed to be over by 11.

The place was, however, still crawling with people and the plant selection was impressive despite the hour. There were huge pots with day lilies, iris, herbs, hosta and a slew of other perennials. I made the rounds once, was offered a piece of “hummingbird cake,” (I assume no hummingbirds were hurt in the making of) and then someone walked up to me and said the following:

Everything is $2 off. And that means if it is $2 or less, it is free.

Insert sound of crickets here. And the thump of my jaw hitting the floor.

Because, you see, most of the pots I was eyeballing were $3 or less.

All of these plants cost $10 at the Belfast Garden Club plant sale Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Janine Pineo Photo | All of these plants cost $10 at the Belfast Garden Club plant sale Saturday, May 18, 2013.

I snagged two huge clumps of Stella D’Oro day lilies and some Siberian iris. Along with a tansy, a couple of pots of Persicaria (no idea, but hey!), a spiderwort and I really cannot remember what else, I added plants a bit madly to the boxes. I put 9 rhizomes of bearded iris into bags. Those beauties were 3 for $1 to start with. And there was a giant tub of the purple ones.

Yes, a tub.

The only thing stopping me from loading the car was the fact that I was headed to Montville to pick up my order from The Heirloom Garden of Maine. Which was going to be close to a car full, if I calculated correctly.

This wee terrier brought me a stick to throw.

Janine Pineo Photo | This wee terrier brought me a stick to throw.

As I awaited the verdict at the tallying counter, the woman said, “Ten dollars.”

Note to self and gardeners everywhere: Go to your local plant sale and enjoy yourself. You never know what might happen.

After loading the plants in the car, the beach beckoned. I walked for a while, played with a little terrier who had more energy than a room full of kindergarteners, and breathed the lovely salt air.

Since I still had money burning a hole in my pocket, I got lunch that consisted mainly of crabmeat then wandered down to the Belfast waterfront where curious music seemed to be drifting about. The tunes seemed to be from the 1940s.

The quintessential Maine coastal view

Janine Pineo Photo | The quintessential Maine coastal view

Saturday was the first time for what organizers hope will be an annual maritime event to showcase the area’s sea-going history, complete with displays, free stuff and food. I know, I had just eaten so I didn’t get any chowder, but I did buy some cookies for home and stop for a Gingery Ginger ice cream from Stone Fox Farm Creamery (I readily admit I confessed that I loved their ice cream. Repeatedly.). There was a reason I skipped dessert at the restaurant.

I chatted with someone from the Penobscot Marine Museum, which was selling postcards taken from their collection of glass plates, about 40,000 of them. I think my jaw dropped at this, too. The woman

What look to be tractor seats are along a deck near water's edge

Janine Pineo Photo | What look to be tractor seats are along a deck near water’s edge

said that this fascinating slice of Maine was centered in Belfast and recorded so much of Maine about 100 years ago. The photographers were sent out with the cameras and the glass plates and visited communities to take the pictures. Then the plates were put on the nearest train back to Belfast for printing. You can read about it here (please do, for it is incredible).

I got 12 postcards for $10. And I felt awe looking at some of them, thinking about the people who were captured in those moments. From

he fiery Gingery Ginger ice cream from Stone Fox Farm Creamery

Janine Pineo Photo | The fiery Gingery Ginger ice cream from Stone Fox Farm Creamery

the man in the top hat pulling a fish aboard the boat to the gentleman seated on the rocks overlooking the water and painting on a canvas to the lady leading the buggy while the dog sits in the buggy seat, I know I will stop again to look them over more carefully, seeing new details.

And a trip to the museum is on my agenda for this year.

I ate my ice cream whilst sitting and listening to the eclectic music play (sample at end of this post), then I headed for Montville and The Heirloom Garden of Maine and my dear friend, Diana George Chapin.

I had ordered plants earlier this year, combing her catalog and compiling a list that seemed reasonable at the time.

Insert insane laughter here.

Since I had alerted her I was coming on Saturday for my goodies, she was expecting me when I drove in. I got a great hug, we chatted furiously and then got to business checking if she had all my order together before I attempted to load the car.

A car full of plants

Janine Pineo Photo | A car full of plants

I am proud to say everything fit.

As I stood at the edge of the greenhouse and looked out across to the hills before me, I felt such joy at being in that place at that moment.

It is true what the GPS kept saying to me when I got to Belfast and Montville.

You have arrived at your destination.

The view toward the Atlantic from The Heirloom Garden of Maine in Montville

Janine Pineo Photo | The view toward the Atlantic from The Heirloom Garden of Maine in Montville

 

A wee bit of music to eat ice cream by. Enjoy.