It was cold, windy, and rainy... but I was determined. I realize now that I skipped the entire sun shrubs area. I passed it initially—headed for a greenhouse due to rain—but meant to go back. I did not, just as well though as I don't have any open sunny space for shrubs!
Fritillaria verticillata, cute!
Inside the first green house now and Diphylleia cymosa caught my eye, which dammit I meant to go back and grab!
This appears to be a table where things looking good can be highlighted, an excellent idea.
No label on this bloomer, a fuchsia of some fashion...
Epimedium wushanense 'Sandy Claws'
Outside things were still chilly, breezy, and wet so I wasted no time in heading into the next greenhouse...
There were a few containers from the garden tucked in for the winter...
Sonchus palmensis, I believe.
But don't try and buy! (yet)
Even the foliage is gorgeous.
For some reason I didn't even think to ask about those big, luxurious, leaves.
I was hoping to be tempted by their pyrrosia selection, but no.
So many interesting things! I was however trying to not get to carried away reading every label as Andrew was patiently waiting in the car.
Yep... I really (REALLY) wanted to go back there. Every time.
Another (HUGE!) Arisaema ringens...
Finally I found the spikes...
Note the agave arm on the ground, poor thing.
'Blue Glow' looking good...
I recognized these instantly, and was thrilled: creeping strawberry pine. More info at the end of the post...
A long, long, long table of carnivorous plants.
Sad aloes, winter did a number on many plants here at Dancing Oaks, I bet these will pull through, minus a few arms. The same can be said for the trees that surround the nursery. Lots of them will be powering on minus a few substantial appendages thanks to the wicked ice that blanketed the area in February.
So here's my (little) haul...
A tiny—hopefully hardy, with a ? mark—begonia.
This is a photo I borrowed from their website of the bomarea in bloom, you saw it's bright green leaves above. Truth be told this is actually my second as a friend picked one up for me when he visited DO last month. Since this is most likely an annual for me (Zone 9) two of them will provide maximum bloom enjoyment this summer.
These last two plants were an unexpected, but very exciting, surprise. Microcachrys tetragona, or creeping strawberry pine. I've killed one of these in the past, bought another last spring (paid way to much to mail order it from a nursery in California, an early COVID lockdown stress buy), and immediately grabbed two small plants when I saw them here.
What's so special about this plant? The strawberries! And it's creeping habit. Click over to this story on In Defense of Plants to learn more.
So that's my small—but exciting—haul. Tomorrow I'll share photos from the display garden.
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