I am ashamed to admit this but, well, here goes. I have really gone nuts with plant purchases this year. And why not? There are so many cool nurseries to visit and each one has its own special must-haves. How is a gardener to resist?
I'm really excited about this plant. Check it out.
|Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'|
Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' has been on my radar since the first time I "spotted" it growing outside the main pavilion at Dancing Oaks Nursery years ago. However, usually I'm so caught up in a spring flower frenzy when I'm there that I forget about it.
Well, my sister and I took a drive to Nowlens Bridge Perennials last Saturday and dang if Dotty didn't jump right into my hot little hands!
Part of the allure was knowing that I already had a "spot" picked out for it. That also helped justify the cost which I'm not going to reveal here because most people already think I'm a little nutty.
If you haven't been to Nowlens Bridge Perennials, you really should go. Owner Donna is a kindred spirit with equal parts friendliness and plant knowledge. And her inventory is amazing. Here are a few of the other jewels I was unable to resist.
|Mukgenia nova 'Flame'|
Mukgenia Nova 'Flame' is a new (to me anyway) intergenetic cross between Mukdenia and Bergenia developed by Oregon's own Terra Nova Nurseries. With all of the attributes of both genera, you can imagine how popular this plant is going to be. My specimen is still smallish so I'll keep it in a container for awhile. Click on the Terra Nova link to see better photos.
When Donna showed my sister and I a large pot of her Beesia deltophylla, I was immediately smitten and had to get one of my own. Looks like a classy, stepped-up wild ginger.
|Aren't these leaves delicious?|
And when I spotted this Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby' I turned to mush. Look how healthy it is. It will need winter protection. I lost one a few years ago and I can't let it happen again.
|Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby'|
|This plant is notoriously difficult to photograph. Here it is from the top.|
It's still in its one gallon pot. Nice, huh?
|Oenothera pallida "White Evening Primrose"|
I found this White Evening Primrose on Annie's Annuals' website. It was calling my name. This is the very first flowers. The plant was quite small when I got it but has grown quickly. It has a lot going for it: It's hardy, low-growing and has white, fragrant flowers that last all day. You can see Annie's photos here.
In early June my sister and I visited another nursery, Secret Garden Growers also on the Cascade Nursery Trail. One of the plants I bought was a, then, very small Hibiscus. Here it is now.
|Hibiscus moscheutos 'Southern Belle'|
My southern Belle friend Anna Mullins in Texas grows these big-flowered Hibiscus so I've gleaned as much cultivation information from her--full sun, lots of water. Bazinga!
|Rosa 'Adelaide Hoodless'|
Thank you to the commenter who IDed it for me.
|Two little Zinnias among the California poppy foliage|
|My hardy banana (Musa basjoo) has really gone to town this year.|
Notice the neighbor's bamboo behind the fence.
|This must be the first year for this hollyhock to bloom. |
I can't remember ever having a nearly black blossom. Cool, huh?
|Oh wait. One more newbie. The darkest Sedum ever is Sedum 'Touchdown Teak.'|
I'm excited to see the blooms.
Keep cool and garden on.