I originally planned to post this last Friday, February 7th, as Xera Plants was scheduled to open the next day. However seriously frigid weather and a couple of snow storms blew through town and everything changed. Opening was (wisely) postponed until tomorrow, February 15th.
When I visited a couple of weeks ago they were working on improvements to the space. It will be exciting to see what they have in store for us!
So in the spirit of their reopening tomorrow how about I share a couple my recent Xera purchases, to whet your appetite? (I had need to visit their growing facility a few weeks back and they let me buy a couple of things). I've been mildly obsessed with Azara microphylla for a few months. I think it was this lovely specimen I saw at Celestial Dream Gardens last September which finally pushed me over the edge.
I've been spending so much time thinking about the Azara I almost started a new, re-occurring feature on the blog called "The plant I don’t yet own but currently am obsessing about…" in fact I had so much fun thinking about it and writing a bit that who knows, maybe I'll still start it up. I won't how ever be featuring the Azara because I now own two!
Don't you just love those first two sentences on the tag?
I am very excited about these!
I also came home with a Leptospermum lanigerum. I had been planning to add a Ozothamnus 'Sussex Silver' to the garden but I've been watching a neighbors plant and I just don't think it's right for me. So I think this is my substitute.
I just love saying "wooly tea tree"...
And the powdery grey/blue foliage, heavenly...
One more, a purchase made before the store closed last fall. Grevillea australis...
The label reads: "The MOST cold hardy Grevillea is a lovely, informal, evergreen shrub that sports intensely fragrant flowers in early spring. Small, olive green leaves are lined in orange/brown indumentum that also covers the flower buds. In mid-March to April powerfully fragrant flossy white flowers. Rounded to 4' tall and as wide, in FULL sun well drained soil w/ NO fertilizer or amendments. Drought tolerant when established. Neglect is its friend."
So I bought "the most cold hardy grevillea" last fall. I guess I was more in tune to what Mother Nature had in store for us than I realized.
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