Monday, September 23, 2019

My 2019 HPSO PlantFest Haul...

Saturday September 14th was our Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's Fall PlantFest. What does that mean? A speaker and a plant sale. This was the first time in years that I didn't have out-of-town guests visiting, I won't lie, I missed them. Plus I'd purposely planted a few things a couple of days before the sale, to give me an extra strong sense of just how full my garden is...I didn't need to purchase more plants. That said, of course I did...

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

Pyrrosia sheareri

Pyrrosia polydactyla

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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  1. Another inspiring post. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who can't track Sempervivums. I've done a half-a**ed job, but nothing close to thorough. I share the Pyrorsia issue. I think I at least 3 out there waiting for a spot in the garden. And your final shot of your carnivorous plants, just brilliant. That's how you create cohesion. Love it. Cheers

    1. I have tried, I've saved many of their labels and think I will remember, but no.

  2. What a gorgeous haul! I have plants sitting on my deck waiting for the ground to dry out enough to plant. Crazy rainy Sept. here.

    1. Ya, we've set some rain records for September, but the ground was so dry to start with that it's not by any means saturated, yet.

  3. Sempervivum is either "green", "red" or "hairy". I can't remember names to save my life. You create such lovely tapestries with them that buying one or two more is necessary and always good for the soul. I had no idea of the multitudes of Pyrrosia. I got mine years ago at Heronswood. Since I only have one, I should dig up the tag and make an effort to remember it's name.

    1. Yes, now you've got me curious as to which pyrrosia one would pick up from Heronswood. Find the tag and report back!

  4. I don't keep the names of my semps either. They get moved around so much that it's impossible. Nice haul!

    1. Good point. The mama blooms and dies, babies get moved around. It's impossible!

  5. I love these red sempervivums, esp. the one with the contrasting green. Can one really ever have too many plants?

  6. I'm not sure I've ever passed up the opportunity to buy plants at a plant sale. It seems almost rude to leave empty-handed. You made some luscious choices. I've always admired sempervivum but unlike other succulents they really don't appreciate SoCal's climate much.


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