It was a beautiful sunny day when we Portland-area garden bloggers headed to wholesale grower, Little Prince of Oregon Nursery, for our annual visit.
That's Mark Leichty, director of Business Development at LPO and Ann Amato, the Amateur Bot-ann-ist. They're the only people I managed to photograph, despite being there with many of my blogging friends.
On to the plants! This strange, but attractive, pairing was sitting on the floor in their loading area. I have no idea why, but thought I should snap a photo cause it looked so good. Oh and if you're trying to read the name on that gold sempervivum don't bother, it's mislabeled. We'll get to more of them in a bit and I'll give it a name.
Haworthia aristata or Aloe aristata?
All will be revealed soon when those blooms open.
I kind of wanted to take a nap right here, laying my head on that pillowy green softness of Selaginella tamariscina.
We assumed this beautiful Fatsia wasn't for sale, other wise I think myself, Evan and Ann would have all been fighting over it.
Looking all those greenhouses, for a moment I let myself get overwhelmed, then I just methodically started going through each and every house. Oh, and keep in mind, this is just a small section of them.
Succulent wreaths for the northern states!
These have are made with sedum and sempervivum rather than the tender succulents you normally see used.
Ah, the plant of hour, the one everybody wants but's not for sale...Sempervivum 'Gold Nugget'
Do you love it? Or not so much? I know gold isn't everyone's cup of tea.
So many plants! All so healthy and happy...
Farfugium japonicum 'Gigantea'
Agave 'Blue Glow'
I didn't catch the name of this Abutilon, I was just so impressed with the flower on such a tiny plant! (maybe Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii')
What a combination! Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (black mondo grass) with Acorus gramineus 'Minimus Aureus'
Doesn't a sight like this make your plant-loving heart beat faster?
Mossy! Love the shades of green.
These are either pets or plants for kept propagation.
Gorgeous Grevillea which I couldn't find a label on, maybe 'Canberra Gem'?
I think this one maybe Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane'...
There was also a house with tons of tillandisa...
All sizes and shapes!
The final house I spent time in had hundreds of small 2" succulents. The price was right and I needed several for a couple of plantings I've got planned.
I don't recall seeing Echeveria rusbyi before, it's a looker!
And so my haul. Starting in the upper right hand corner: Sempervivum 'Spring Beauty' and another sempervivum I didn't get the name of. Yucca baccata, and yes, in the middle, a pair of baby Sempervivum 'Gold Nugget' (I was gifted these, I feel very lucky), and rounding out this flat an Agave 'Blue Glow'.
Here are the little succulents I ended up with, starting with the dark star in the upper right corner: Haworthia pentagona, Echeveria chroma, a trio of Sedum confusum (these are hardy here), a pair of Echeveria imbricata, a single E. 'Arrow Setosa', a pair of E. 'Canadian' and a pair of the E. rusbyi. Also included in my haul, but not pictured, were three choice tillandisa...all gifts for deserving friends. It was another excellent Little Prince shopping trip, thanks Mark for inviting us!
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