Hours before the sale began -- at 6:30 a.m., in fact -- the first early birds were in line.
No, this wasn't the line for Rolling Stones concert tickets; rather, it was the Potpourri Garden Club's annual plant sale in the parking lot of Sam's Club. The enthusiasm was just as great, and the line stretched far beyond the tables laden with thousands of bright green locally-grown perennials, shrubs and ground cover.
The sale started at 9:30. If you're home reading this now, you're too late. Most of the best plants -- bargain-priced from $1 and up -- were gone by 11:30, carted off in big armloads by gardeners young and old. For the rest of you, there's always next year. The club uses the funds it raises for beautification projects throughout the community.