After the first of the year — when I start dreaming about the gardening season ahead — there's always a date on my April calendar marked with an all caps heading: FIELD TRIP. It's not the most exciting name, but then again when you were a kid weren't field trip days special? This spring has been especially taxing, and thus this day of fun loomed large. A day spent with incredible people (plant lovers) hitting up nurseries and looking at (and maybe buying) plants...yes please! We meet up early at Sean Hogan's house — which (obviously) is a treat into itself — then we head out, with a previously agreed upon itinerary. This was our 6th annual outing and we finally made good on a long time desire of Derick Pitman (aka Mr. Impatiens and a founding member of the group) and headed to Dancing Oaks Nursery. I'll post about that visit next week on the plant lust blog (previous visits here, here and here) but today I just want to share my haul...
I know, only 4 plants...but they're 4 great plants!
First up on the far left (below) is Quercus dentata 'Carl Ferris Miller' (from Dancing Oaks). "Luxurious leaves over 10 inches long with wavy rounded lobes turn russety reds and orange in autumn." When I asked Evan, The Practical Plant Geek (emphasis mine), if it was crazy for me to buy another tree he responded by saying "It's never stopped you before..." yes, I suppose he had a point. In the middle (and also from Dancing Oaks) is Ligularia 'Osiris Fantaisie'. "Wavy margined leaves of green offer a glimpse of burgundy undersides.". Now if I can just keep the slugs away from it.
On the right is an Abutilon from Sebright Gardens (our second stop), A. 'Victor Reiter'... features "enormous red orange flowers that flare almost completely open and reach almost 4" across." It's only hardy to 20-25 degrees so lest you be remembering the Abutilon I wrote about yesterday and thinking "where is she going to put all these?" This one is a one summer delight.
And finally...Grevillea x gaudichaudii from Cistus Nursery. We didn't actually make it to Cistus but Sean kindly brought this one back to his house for me. "Spectacular protea kin, prostrate and spreading to 10” tall by 10' wide...The saturated red flowers are scattered throughout the year but are concentrated in the winter." I already have two of these (from The Desert Northwest) and love them. I think this one will be going in the front garden.
I've played a little loose with the notion of a vignette but hey, can you blame me with a haul like this? Check out Flutter & Hum for links to all the blogs sharing vignette's today.
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