Monday, April 8, 2024

The littles

Here's a newish nursery in my area that's been quickly making a name for itself, Illahe Rare Plants (and they do mail order). I took this photo at the Salem Hardy Plant Sale last September. Their booth was a highlight.

Here was my haul from that sale, all Illahe!

In an unusual turn of events I planted everything but the yucca last fall. I never plant things in the fall, I just don't trust winter to be kind—and what do you know? It wasn't! (kind that is) But all of these plants lived and are doing great. They're just at the bottom edge of the protection I put down for the Aloe aristata. Some under the cover, some not...

Here's what I got. I bought two of this Draba novolympica, it's just so cute!

That's one at the bottom of this photo (we'll discuss the other plant in a minute)

Here's a shot with it's bloom.

Sadly this one, Myosotis pulvinaris, didn't make it to planting. We had a period of heavy rain and it quickly rotted, before it even made it into the ground. I was bummed.

Acantholimon halophylum (that's what the tag said, Google wants it to be halophilum)

It's the little spiky number you saw earlier.

Arenaria ledebouriana

It's not as fabulous as it was when I first planted it, but it's alive and I'm watching to see what it does in the future.

This one, Androsace sempervivoides 'Susan Joan', has grown to be my favorite. 

How cute right? Those dark stems with baby plants at the end! I need to get out there and make sure they can either root into something here or cut them eventually and root them in soil.

A flower shot for those of you who like such things.

As for the yucca, it was Y. torreyi, but it rotted in the shade pavilion greenhouse over the winter (photo from last fall). So sad.

The final plant from that haul is this Draba aizoides 'Napoleon', I used it in one of the planters I did for last fall's Upcycle and Plant at the Other Plant Sale, so it's living at someone else's house.

Since we're talking about small plants though, here's my chance to share how happy I am these Orostachys spinosa are still alive. I bought them last June while traveling (at a plant sale in Spokane).

They are extremely cold hardy, but need excellent drainage. 

One more little, a saxifrage. Saxifraga paniculata 'Lagraveana'.

When I started writing this post I thought I would get it published before last Weekend's Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's spring plant sale; Hortlandia. I was going to tell everyone that Illahe was selling there and to be sure to check out their booth. Oh well, maybe I'm glad I didn't get this post up before the sale, I went to their booth first and it was packed, things being quickly snatched up by the plant hungry! (I'll share my Hortlandia haul on Wednesday)

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  1. Thanks for sharing the link! I checked the site and it appeared that everything but the gift card and 2 items has sold out so, between the 2 sales events you mentioned, they did great! Although I don't know what chances "alpine" plants will have in my climate, some are worth a try. I fixated on the Globularia repens as a low-growing version of the Globularia x indubia I grow here. I usually look to Telos Rare Bulbs but this gives me a second option.

    1. I suspect part of the website issue is simply having the time to update their offerings. Spring is a busy time! Hopefully they'll have more options up soon.

  2. Interesting little plants. Alpines are fascinating. You really "need" a greenhouse, don't you think?

  3. Super cool stuff! I will check out this nursery since I’m filling in bare spots with succulents. That Drana olympica looks like a cross between hens and chicks and Eryngium agavafolium. Heading to Thistle this week too, looking for an echium Star of Madeira. The one I over wintered in a pot is in the ground now and getting close to blooming.
    Jim N Tabor.

    1. Oh! That's exciting news abut your echium! Congrats and happy shopping at Thicket (I think?).

  4. It would be interesting to see what becomes of Arenaria ledebouriana. It first resembled a dwarf conifer, but not so much now.
    I get why Androsace sempervivoides 'Susan Joan' became your favorite, flowers and all: a happy little plant, busy making babies. Excellent buy.

    1. Indeed, more plants (especially when they're that cute) is always a good thing.

  5. Dang, there are some cuties there. But the Arenaria! oooh, love that!

  6. Wow, these are plants I know nothing about (except the yucca), but I'll definitely do some research now to see they'd survive here.

  7. Illahe fills in a niche largely left vacant by Wild Ginger Farm when they stopped selling at Hortlandia. Mark does such great work and has beautiful, interesting plants. They deserve more followers on Facebook too, IMO. Your post has me interested in Draba and Acantholimon again. Our winter wet/cold is so much more harsh than the Salem area where his nursery is located though, so it seems like a lost cause. However, I've gotten some very nice Penstemons, Fritillarias, Erythroniums, and Arums from Illahe that love our climate and are thriving.

    1. I miss Wild Ginger Farm so much! (they closed) I wish Illahe would start growing saxifraga. Have you been to the nursery? (also, I got the hint and started following them on Facebook)


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