... including Sinopanax formosanus, for $175 (!!!). I DID NOT pay that much for my plant.
Dryopteris sieboldii, referred to on the tag as a "palm fern", I'm going to try to remember that, I like it.
Saxifraga cuneifolia, I do love saxifrage but this one didn't seem different enough from what I have to rationalize the purchase.
This beautify on the other hand, it's a new to me pyrrosia and rest assured we'll be revisiting it again...
Petrocosmea cryptica, I so wanted to bring this home.
They were $49, it stayed behind.
As a consolation I almost let myself buy this Briggsia speciosa (I think it was $32) but then I realized that was crazy. It wasn't nearly as cool as the Petrocosmea cryptica and my $ would be better spent on something that wasn't a runner-up.
They did have a Strobilanthes gossypinus ($26) but since I have one already and I didn't realize my friend Ann wanted one, it stayed behind.
There were a few rhododendrons I was enamored with, but I didn't buy any. This one is Rhododendron falconeri ssp. eximium...
This one was hard to leave behind, because I've admired those small leaves a lot over the years, Rhododendron williamsianum.
And this one! I wanted it simply because it was so un-rhododendron like. Meet, R. spinuliferum. I didn't buy it. It can get quite large. I probably should have bought it.
One more photo of the possibilities, these are Curculigo sp (the long pleated leaves). I bought one years ago at Far Reaches Farm and it did quite well for years. I didn't miss is however until I saw these plants so that probably meant I didn't need it.
Here's what did eventually come home with me—after a 5 day adventure that took me to several private gardens, a handful of nurseries, the RSBG, Hersonswood and the Miller Garden....
First, I hear you! A palm? Was that in the plan? No. I didn't know I needed another palm, but when Maggie (a Facebook friend whose garden I got to visit) offered me one of these Trachycarpus Fortunei var Nainital—that she grew from seed!—well of course I said yes. I'd already swooned over a few she'd planted out in her garden (there will be photos) when she made the offer. I thought I was getting a small, start, maybe a foot high at the most. Then she brought out this!
According to online talk 'Nainital' differs from my other trachycarpus in that it has "much thicker trunks and extremely stiff fronds that feel like heavy cardboard kind of like a waggie. They also have a whorled petiole, so they have an asymmetrical appearance"...
Maggie was also the gifter of this Sinningia tubiflora (aka Hardy White Gloxinia). A drought-tolerant perennial with very fragrant white tubular flowers. It's the kind of thing I'd never go hunting for but I'm excited to see what it does in my garden. Also seed-grown by her, I got to see it blooming in her garden.
But wait, there's more! She also gave me a seed-grown (yes, by her) Agave montanta...
And another (yes, seed grown by her... can you tell I am impressed?) Agave, this A. ovatifolia 'Giant Form'. Online sources say: "a huge strain of Agave ovatifolia hybrids that grow near Mexico's famed Huasteca Canyon. We're now convinced that these are crosses of Agave ovatifolia and Agave gentryi, with possibly some Agave montana blood. Some clones are solitary, while others offset occasionally, but all have green foliage when young, that ages to blue-green" and "This rare form from a high altitude canyon in northeastern Mexico is distinctly larger than the regular Agave ovatifolia and has much more attractive, larger black spines. It also is even hardier to cold"...I am going to have to find a great spot for this one!
Another Facebook friend, Cotts, picked up this charming bromeliad for me at Christianson's Nursery. Don't you love it when friends know you well enough to buy you plants?
This was the one plant I picked up on my first afternoon's nursery stops, it's a Doryopteris cordata, or antenna fern. I'd never seen it before, but now that I look it up online I see Little Prince of Oregon and many other nurseries have it. It's a crazy little thing...
The lower, lobbed fronds...
And the taller, fertile fronds. I'll be growing this one as a houseplant as it's only Zone 10 hardy.
So that hot pyrrosia a saw at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden? I bought two.
The tag reads: Pyrrosia sp. SEH#12547. SEH is Steve Hootman, the Executive Director and Curator at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. I have not met him but hope to someday, I've heard many fabulous things about him.
I picked up this oddity at Heronswood. It's Lepisorus bicolor/hardy ribbon fern. I've seen it here in Oregon at Secret Garden Growers and been tempted, but there is always so much more to chose from there. At Heronswood the offerings were slim and so this stood out as a must have.
The new fronds curl ever so fetchingly.
Just two more plants! From the Miller Garden in Seattle, these are both Mahonia x sevillana; a rare hybrid between M. eurybracteata and M. gracilipes. As you can see (if you grow these mahonia) the one on the left favors eurybracteata and the one on the right favors gracilipes.
I'm excited to plant them both and see what they become!
Oh wait, look at that... another image of those fabulous pyrrosia leaves, how did that get in here?!... ;)
Here's one more of the whole haul—which checks all the boxes: agaves, ferns, bromeliad, mahonia, a palm, it was a good trip! So many photos to come of all the places I visited!
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