Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hortlandia Haul!

I neglected to take a single photo while shopping Hortlandia on Saturday, but of course that won't stop me from sharing my haul...

First up is this Paris quadrifolia from Windcliff Plants. After failure with this genus (two plants that never amounted to anything) my Paris polyphylla - Heronswood form has been a huge success. I thought maybe by branching out, but staying with plants from Dan Hinkley's collections, I might experience a repeat success. Fingers crossed.

Clematis repens 'Bells of Emei Shan'

This is not your usual climbing clematis. When discovered (again Dan Hinkley, in 1996) it first thought to be an epiphyte as it was "it was observed as growing as an epiphyte on a small tree in damp shade" (source). It turns out that was not the case, but it's giving me an idea and I have a plan for this guy and I hope it works.

This very happy Opuntia humifusa was only $4, of course it needed to come home with me.

The variegated lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis 'Aureovariegata') I bought last spring held its variegation nicely throughout the summer. I needed another.

This Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling' was a steal at $5, it's going in a shady dish planting I'm putting together.

Also from Hortlandia but hanging in the basement for now, Aporophyllum Shirley 'Sun Cactus' (that's what the label says)...

I'm so excited there are already orange flower buds!

This bright Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Crimson Star' was at the Dancing Oaks booth. A little random and not quite at home with their usual selections but I was happy to see someone selling these beauties so I had to buy one.

Post Hortlandia shopping I made another trip to Dick's greenhouse (yes, I did go twice in 3 days). This trip was because Gerhard was in town and wanted a chance to see what was available. I'd told myself I was not to buy anymore bromeliads but I forgot to steel myself against pottery temptation...

Another hanging leaf dish! Like the one I bought on my first visit, shared in this post. and pictured below. While that one was a matte green...

The new one is a shiny brown and signed by the artist (Dick, aka Richard)...

The bottom is a shiny green. I'm pretty excited about this!

I know what you're thinking, "she bought some bromeliads too..." okay yes, but not this one. I spotted a few hanging out under a table, ones I hadn't seen before, and pulled one of them out to take a closer look. Dick told me if I wanted it I should just take it. Of course I did.

The same with this guy, who was so top heavy he fell out of his pot and into my hands.

There's a fern growing out of the dying (already bloomed) third of the plant. I'll have to try and save it.

The teeth on this one are pretty fabulous.

As are the stripes.

This is the only bromeliad I bought, it might be a sort of tillandsia, Dick wasn't sure. It's almost 6 feet tall! (or should that be long?)

He warned me that it might break apart in transport, as it had been hanging in the same spot for years.

It didn't, and I'm hoping it doesn't, because I want to hang it from Clifford's branches this summer...

Okay, that's enough new plants for awhile...

Weather Diary, April 23: Hi 66, Low 50/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

An annual "planty" outing with friends...

On the Thursday before Hortlandia weekend—Hortlandia being the huge Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Spring Plant Sale—a group of friends and I have a long standing date. Last Thursday was the 9th year in a row we've gotten together and made a day of visiting nurseries in the area. This year's agenda was a visit to Dick's greenhouse (a private greenhouse belonging to a fellow who is selling off his collection, my first visit was documented here and here), Secret Garden Growers and Sebright Gardens.

I was concerned Dick's greenhouse might have been a bit on the bare side, after all he's been selling plants since early January.

Not the case, there were still many many plants.

Orchids, ferns, begonias...

And Bromeliads.

There's Dick, Jason and Ann...

Anna, Heather and Evan...

And here are two of my three bromeliad purchases, more photos to follow at the end of the post.

Next stop, Secret Garden Growers. We shopped the tables in the foreground and the greenhouses in the distance.

Heather was reunited with Gaia, a very sweet dog we all met on a previous visit, when she was just a puppy.

I considered taking home this Coniogramme japonica var. gracilis, but passed.

Disporum cantoniense 'Night Heron'

Oh hey, it's Evan, modeling his t-shirt from the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Variegated Daphniphyllum in the middle there, not for sale.

Nice color/texture combo!

Oh! These are fun variations on the standard Billbergia nutans...

I swoon for some sexy Rodgersia foliage...

Another excellent color combo.

Bromeliad and agave...a pairing found not just in my garden, evidently.

Didn't catch the name of this fern, but she's a beauty.

Another Rodgersia, this one R. podophylla 'Bronze Form'.

Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire'

Zeus, I think we wore him out.

Gaia got tired of playing with us and decided to wait for the next customers who might show up.

On to Sebright!

Syneilesis

Mahonia 'Marvel'

Walking the display garden I was quite taken with Cardiocrinum giganteum (the giant Himalayan lily), at this stage of its growth.

Podophyllum delavayi, I believe.

There were so many ferns! A specialty of this nursery.

Gunnera and sensitive fern, Onoclea sensibilis.

What a great foliage contrast...

Trillium and more podophyllum.

And more Syneilesis...

Their Akebia vine was looking lovely.

I look at my Akebia longeracemosa 'Victor's Secret' and wonder when it's gonna get around to blooming.

Okay, finally, my haul! In the front, on the left, Billbergia nutans 'Variegata'. On the right, or actually just sort of mushed in with the variegated leaves, Billbergia nutans 'Blondie' both from Secret Garden Growers.

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Paisley', from Sebright.

Onoclea sensibilis, also from Sebright.

Pyrrosia polydactyla, from Secret Garden Growers.

From Dick's greenhouse this trio of bromeliads came home with me.

I'm not sure on the names, so we'll just have to appreciate their beauty.

This guy (maybe a hohenbergia) is mounted on a small piece of tree fern trunk.

And this tangle is mounted on a piece of cork. There are at least four bromeliads and two pieces of another plant, a philodendron if I remember correctly.

That's a lot of great plants! And there's more to share tomorrow, from the actual Hortlandia experience...

Weather Diary, April 22: Hi 67, Low 43/ Precip .01"

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