I neglected to take a single photo while shopping Hortlandia on Saturday, but of course that won't stop me from sharing my haul...
First up is this Paris quadrifolia from Windcliff Plants. After failure with this genus (two plants that never amounted to anything) my Paris polyphylla - Heronswood form has been a huge success. I thought maybe by branching out, but staying with plants from Dan Hinkley's collections, I might experience a repeat success. Fingers crossed.
Clematis repens 'Bells of Emei Shan'
This is not your usual climbing clematis. When discovered (again Dan Hinkley, in 1996) it first thought to be an epiphyte as it was "it was observed as growing as an epiphyte on a small tree in damp shade" (source). It turns out that was not the case, but it's giving me an idea and I have a plan for this guy and I hope it works.
This very happy Opuntia humifusa was only $4, of course it needed to come home with me.
The variegated lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis 'Aureovariegata') I bought last spring held its variegation nicely throughout the summer. I needed another.
This Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling' was a steal at $5, it's going in a shady dish planting I'm putting together.
Also from Hortlandia but hanging in the basement for now, Aporophyllum Shirley 'Sun Cactus' (that's what the label says)...
I'm so excited there are already orange flower buds!
This bright Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Crimson Star' was at the Dancing Oaks booth. A little random and not quite at home with their usual selections but I was happy to see someone selling these beauties so I had to buy one.
Post Hortlandia shopping I made another trip to Dick's greenhouse (yes, I did go twice in 3 days). This trip was because Gerhard was in town and wanted a chance to see what was available. I'd told myself I was not to buy anymore bromeliads but I forgot to steel myself against pottery temptation...
Another hanging leaf dish! Like the one I bought on my first visit, shared in this post. and pictured below. While that one was a matte green...
The new one is a shiny brown and signed by the artist (Dick, aka Richard)...
The bottom is a shiny green. I'm pretty excited about this!
I know what you're thinking, "she bought some bromeliads too..." okay yes, but not this one. I spotted a few hanging out under a table, ones I hadn't seen before, and pulled one of them out to take a closer look. Dick told me if I wanted it I should just take it. Of course I did.
The same with this guy, who was so top heavy he fell out of his pot and into my hands.
There's a fern growing out of the dying (already bloomed) third of the plant. I'll have to try and save it.
The teeth on this one are pretty fabulous.
As are the stripes.
This is the only bromeliad I bought, it might be a sort of tillandsia, Dick wasn't sure. It's almost 6 feet tall! (or should that be long?)
He warned me that it might break apart in transport, as it had been hanging in the same spot for years.
It didn't, and I'm hoping it doesn't, because I want to hang it from Clifford's branches this summer...
Okay, that's enough new plants for awhile...
Weather Diary, April 23: Hi 66, Low 50/ Precip 0
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