Ah, discipline! I went to Roxbury Mills with my list in hand, intending mostly just to look at the shrubs I wanted. But I ended up buying the Virgina sweetspire because they had the exact variety I wanted (Henry's Garnet) and the price seemed comparable to Wayside's. [Note: these photos are from the Missouri Botanical Garden and reflect an ideal future.]
Plus, I picked up a Baptisia australis 'Purple Smoke' for only $8.95 versus the $14.95 Wayside wanted.
I drove smugly home, armed also with three bags of mulch and three bags of Norfleet's super-fine compost. Today is a Sunapee day, as Mom would say, and all things seem possible.