Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Nursery Trek

I TOOK A FEW MINUTES during my lunch hour last week to drive to a nearby nursery. There wasn't a lot to choose from yet and I didn't buy anything. Since then, this Polygala has been growing on me. 



It was the price that made me hesitate, and then walk away. 

I thought I'd check out the Hellebores. I only have two Hellebore plants in my garden. Although they're pretty, I find this genus easy to ignore. And by ignore I mean not buy. But they are fun to photograph. 






The plants in my garden are slowly waking up at long last. Here is my first Tetrapanax leaf. 



I've got a few garden projects in the works. It will probably be a few months before everything is camera-ready but rest assured, I'm excited to show you all. 


19 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

That plant is beautiful, but it only stays small and the price tag would have kept me from buying too.

I look forward to seeing your gardens coming to life and in full bloom once again.

Have fun ~ FlowerLady

Nadezda said...

Beautiful plant but toooo expensive! Grace, I have no luck with hellebore, I bought some roots and planted in pots, but all of them died. I decided to buy one already potted.

linda coombs said...

I took an went on an a trip to Joy Creek and Cistus at the week end , so much I could have brought home . But I settled on a few things that were blooming ground covers and for contrast a Cryptomaria japonica . ..crazy

Alison said...

Looking forward to seeing what you've got up your gardening sleeves this year, Grace. How can you pass up those wonderful Hellebores! They're even pink! And they flower now, when so little else is flowering.

Chickadee Gardens said...

Hmm...so are you going to buy the Polygala someday? It's a lovely shrub! Thanks for the colorful pix!

HeatherF1 said...

That last hellebore is fabulous. I am heading back to Freddie's today, as they have hellebores for $8, the best price I have seen this season. I wish the nurseries would start getting more plants in!!

rickI said...

The latest dieting fad: substitute nursery visits for lunch.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Great choices Grace...vibrant colors!!

PlantPostings said...

The Polygala is ... colorful! Wow! I have to admit I'm addicted to Hellebores. They start budding here in December, and somehow survive our brutal zone 5 winters and bloom in early spring. Love 'em! I have three and hope to add more!

Mindy said...

Shows how much I know. I've never even heard of Polygala!
I only have three hellebore. All are hand-me-downs. I did notice on our walk to school today, that a neighbor has one with TONS of babies all around it. I'm tempted to walk to school with my fork tomorrow. :)

MulchMaid said...

Nurseries are the next best fix to working in the garden,I think. That crazy Polygala is almost psychedelic! Your Tetra leaf is so promising, and I see a trunk remainder beside it. I am slowly getting up the nerve to cut my big T. trunk...

Lona said...

Grace girl I think you need that Polygala in your pink garden. After sticker shock that is. LOL! I love the pink Hellebores. I just wish they did not have sagging heads. :) I bought a mix one year and of course they all turned out whitish green. Not my idea of a great flower but hey I will take it this year.On second thought any weed will look good to me after this winter though. LOL! But you really so nee the Polygala.

Barbarapc said...

Oh Grace, I don't know what I find more appealing the Dr. Seuss plants with the vibrant colour, or just the lovely brown dirt. Imagine there's something under snow, who knew? Thank goodness, we can't plant without a jackhammer, otherwise I'd be picking up 10 of everything and trying to source hand grenades to plant them all. I don't know if you guys know how much it means to us frozen folk to see some green plants. Thanks so much.
B.

Wendy said...

wow, $35. ignore hellebores? You just haven't found one you liked yet! Oh, those are my favorite things in the world. I've seen them at flower shows recently planted en masse and it's quite beautiful.

Kim Smith said...

I came to your blog from a reference as one of the top ten blogs. Well deserved. You write like a personal letter to a friend. And what gorgeous pictures. I have planted hellebores too last year. My first time. Nothing coming up in that spot for zone 5. :-(

outlawgardener said...

You should definitely get that Polygala! What a great color combination in the flowers and they bloom now when we really need some color! On the other hand, they only bloom now and are just little green shrublets for the rest of the year.

Kathleen said...

Hi Grace! I haven't been around much the past year but I'm glad I stopped by tonight. I can't imagine what projects you have in the works ~ your garden is always pretty much perfect in my book. I will definitely have to keep dropping by to see what they are...
The polygala is beautiful and just your (our) color ~ have you gone back for it yet???!!!!
I'm curious too about why/how you are able to resist hellebores?? Maybe (as I'm thinking about it) because you have so many other unique plants??? Hope all is well and happy Spring!

Kim and Victoria said...

Can't wait to see more pics. I haven't ventured to a nursery yet. But Kim has started some tomato seeds. I may get energetic and get some flower seeds planted soon. I love hellebores......especially everyone else's.

Hoover Boo said...

$35 for a Polygala--walking away was the right choice. Yikes. I found one hellebore purchase is plenty, as they reseed. Thanks for the virtual shopping trip, I enjoyed it!