It was a beautiful sunny day, and not as warm as last year. Thank god. I think I am getting a little jaded after 4 years because I was able to walk through the entire place before going back and collecting my must haves. In years prior I started gathering right away. The crowds also seemed a little thinner than years past and there was no line at the bar! Yes, there is a winery nearby that sets up shop at the nursery for the event. Darn good wine too! We toured, tasted, collected the must haves, paid and stashed the goods in the car.
We then walked up to the owner’s home on the hill, or should I say the castle on the hill. The owners have been building for the last 4+ years. There are some amazing plants around the home, like these Bromeliads and Sago.
We had the fortunate timing to walk into their patio area just as the female half of the ownership offered to tour a couple of other ladies through the home and asked us if we would like to join. We got to go inside! There is a huge unfinished southern facing courtyard (surrounded by the home on 3 sides). I asked what they planned to do with the space and she said they would be adding a brick wall and glass roof to enclose and create an atrium. Then all of the fabulous not-for-sale plants in the first greenhouse would be going into the space. It will be amazing!
I had managed to pass on an Aeonium ‘salad bowl’ (above) the first time through the green houses, but after seeing them around the castle in several places I decided I had to go back and get one. So after that purchase it was time to head out, only 2.5 hours after arriving! Before leaving I did get to meet Megan from nest maker and her mom, finally I get to put a face with the blog I’ve enjoying for months now!
What I had to have: an Agave parryi, it’s cold hardy, I’ll put it in the ground. An Agave filifera, I needed to add this beauty to my collection! Echeveria hybrid ‘afterglow’…the color is so wild, I think it may even glow in the dark! Agave attenuata ‘Veriegata’, I loved the pair in the pot together, and they have a very slight variegation, beautiful. And the Aeonium ‘salad bowl’ (pictured above but not here as I bought it later).
My other two purchases either weren’t labeled (not odd at RPR since they are not usually open to the public), or I couldn’t read the sign. The name Maridot Tescuttenta verigata ‘tropical tapioca’ (upper right) doesn’t match up with anything I can find online. It gets an amazing orange flower (mine has a bud) anyone know what it is? I talked with a fellow who bought one last year and reported that it multiplied and his one is now three, so maybe my three will become five? And the plant with no label (top middle – dark), I believe it is a Dyckia but I have no idea what variety. I love the burgundy color and I have a chartreuse pot just waiting for it!
Other images from the day…