There was a great small nursery, Alpine Gardens, selling mostly hardy succulents, but a few non-hardy things too. I picked out three red sempervivum. For some reason interesting red ones seem extra hard to find.
Two of the three came with names and I full intended to document them here. But I tossed the plant tags before I could. Oh well. I suck at tracking sempervivum names.
That does not diminish my love for them one bit.
At $4 for the larger plants and $2 for the small ones, like below, they were a great price, if not quite the screaming deal I picked up last month (here).
Although it doesn't look like it in this light, I think the patch below maybe the same plant as the one above.
The dark colors provide such a great counterpoint to the usual shades of green and white.
Next up, I couldn't resist this Pyrrosia lingua from Sebright Gardens.
I don't "need" another pyrrosia...
Put it was so healthy, and bursting out of it's container, so I bought it. I am rather addicted to pyrrosia.
This P. lingua was just a small 4" pot when I bought it.
Now it's on the move, spreading out and across the patio retaining wall.
Here's my Pyrrosia lingua 'Ogon Nishiki' aka variegated tongue fern. The variegation does sometimes revert however.
Others I have include: Pyrrosia hastata
And Pyrrosia lingua, crested form
I also have a Pyrrosia lingua 'Eboshi' which is fabulously twisted and contorted, but it's in such shade that I couldn't get a good photo of it, so instead I share a close-up of the crested form.
My final purchase at PlantFest was this fancy Venus fly-trap, Dionaea muscipula 'Akai Ryu'
aka red dragon fly trap from Carni Flora PDX. I picked up the container at another nursery later that afternoon.
It's the red on the inside of the traps that gets me.
And check this out, I managed to photograph the inner "hairs" the second layer of detection that tell the trap the insect is in place and it's worth closing to consume. Can you see them?
Here's my older Dionaea muscipula.
You can see it's inner "trigger hairs" (I just made that term up) and a small something that might be an insect to their right.
Since taking this photo I've potted up my new flytrap and it's joined the other carnivorous plants at the north end of the patio.
This was the last big shopping event of the season, however, us Portland area garden bloggers still have a plant swap coming up next month. I may not escape without accumulating a few more plants...
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