I've not been shy about sharing my plant acquisitions this spring. Some of you have expressed concern that I might not have the space to plant the things I've already shown (I do, winter opened up a few holes...to say the least), so hold on to your hats, cause it's about to even get more fabulous!
Last Thursday was our traditional "field trip" before Hortlandia (Hortlandia being the spring HPSO plant sale), an outing that friends and I have been doing for 7 years now (okay that's crazy, 7 years? How is that possible?). Thursday afternoon I shared a photo on Facebook, of plants shoved in the back of my car, but here's that view after things were edited down, to reflect only my purchases...not bad eh?
Our first stop was Blooming Junction out in Cornelius, OR. Last October I wrote a post about their in-ground Agave plantings, I was eager to see how they looked after our horrid winter, it's not good. I hope to share (not pretty) photos on Friday.
However, if pretty Agaves are what you want then feast your eyes on these babies! (note to mom and dad...this is what your gifted plant $ bought, thank you!)...
Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue', which will be going in the front garden...
Agave montana 'Baccarat', also going in the front garden. I need to do a "state of my Agaves" post soon. As you might imagine these are replacements.
Look at those dramatic markings!
And Salvia apianam which will also be going in the front garden. Oddly I have a plant that actually made it through last winter, when it probably shouldn't have. We'll see how this one does.
Our next stop (because it was on the way back to the Highway) was at Starkey's Corner. I bought a Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern). I already know exactly where it's going, and don't worry, it won't be allowed to spread.
Back in town we stopped at Xera Plants, where I made this most excellent haul...
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Nishiki', love the new orange growth on this one. I think this is my fourth of this plant...
Disporum sessile 'Variegata' — new to me — but I adore Disporum cantonese ‘Night Heron’ and thought this would look good near it, with a few blue-leaf Hosta.
This charming Agave, A. neomexicana, has proven quite reliable here. Thus I needed another.
Agave applanata 'Cream Spike', isn't it sexy? I was given a gorgeous one of these a couple of years ago but unfortunately it rotted over the winter (even though it was indoors). I had no plans to replace it but when I saw this one I knew it was meant to be.
After we finished up at Xera the next stop was Flat Creek Garden Center in Gresham. I'd been told this was a great "unknown" spot for cool plants. It's where I made my only impulse ("where the heck is that going to go?") purchase of the day. Calycanthus floridus 'Athens' — why? Green flowers that smell like the most amazing cantaloupe you've ever eaten.
Oh and there were a bunch of 25-cent succulent cuttings in the office. I grabbed this one.
The last stop on the day was at Portland Nursery on Division.
I'd been thinking I needed another Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific', so when one was right there, front and center, in a display when we walked in, well I had to grab it.
I also picked up a couple of 'Hot Chocolate' Nicotiana. I'm very excited about these!
Then on Saturday it was time for Hortlandia itself. Portland's Expo Center filled with all the areas best nurseries and their plants, yes please! Here's my haul from that event...
Polystichum polyblepharum, this fern is earmarked for a little project I'm working on behind the garage. I hope it turns out as cool as it looks in my head.
There was another fern purchased that isn't shown in the group shot, a Coniogramme emeiensis 'Golden Zebra'. I picked it up late, right before I needed to report for my volunteer shift. So my kind friend Alan (aka the Mardi Gras Gardener) added it to his haul and I need to pick it up from him soon.
I decided to try Begonia pedatifida again. Everyone else seems to have great luck with this beauty, so I will find a new spot for it...away from the two I've lost.
Epipactis gigantea 'Serpentine Night' — "A scintillating duet of purple leaves and orange orchid flowers make this a must for any collector. See it and you will want it. I know, I've been there. Grows well to 16" — I've passed this one up a couple of times in the past. Not this time!
Finally, the spikes. First up, Agave 'Kissho Kan' a crazy example of variegation gone wild. I like it for its freakishness.
This! I don't know why, but I had to have it. Normally crested/monstrose growth gives me the shudders, but this guy just looked so cute.
Unfortunately the label is of no help, that's not really an Opuntia is it?
Anyone care to venture a guess as to what this is?
And finally, Rhipsalis baccifera subsp horrida, I've been on the look-out for a great Rhipsalis for awhile and was thrilled to find this one.
Only one more big shopping adventure this spring, that's the open house at Rare Plant Research on May 20 and 21. Time to start planting! (a few nice dry days in a row, please?)
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