Hi, my name is Grace Peterson and I'm a hort-a-holic. And I'm not the slightest bit interested in recovery. This time of year, as with all hort-a-holics, I'm at my worst--or best, depending on how you look at it. Immediate is the endorphin rush I feel when I see the words, PLANT and SALE. They magically obliterate any financial stressors that might be looming in some amorphous realm. The hunt is on. I carry my wish list in my purse to keep a semblance of sanity, but I don't stick to it because most of those plants are difficult to find and I don't believe in limiting myself.
|Anisodontea x Tara's Pink'|
This past weekend, I ventured north to my sister Laura's in Woodburn (Oregon). Her birthday is this week and I had some gifts for her. Luckily she too is a hort-a-holic! But, unlike brave hort-a-holics who attended the plant extravaganza known as Hortlandia in Portland, my sister and I drove around the countryside, enjoying the sunshine while in pursuit of those out-of-the-way nurseries we both love.
Here are some of the goodies I brought home:
|Most of these plants came from Secret Garden Growers in Canby.|
The flat of Geraniums are from seeds I sowed in January.
It's supposed to rain later this week which will allow me to plant them out.
|These plants came from various other nurseries. |
I was psyched to find this Parahebe again at--of all places--Wilco Farms in Oregon City.
I grew it years ago and loved it.
|One of the nurseries we visited had one gallon perennials for $2.50! |
Shut the front door!
I bought these.
|N&M Nursery in Hubbard was impressive. |
Of there many plant goodies was this one gallon Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' for $8.00.
Too good to pass up!
|They also had this Polygala for eight bucks. It will need winter protection |
but it's such a cool looking, continuously blooming plant.
There is a huge one I've admired for a long time growing inside the tropical greenhouse at Dancing Oaks.
My specimen is just about to burst into bloom!
|And for $12, this two-gallon Anisodontea x Tara's Pink' It's a Zone 8 so maybe I can winter it over.|
That's a huge IF, of course.
|At Secret Gardens, I admired this sizable clump of blooming Pulsatilla.|
|I bought an Edgeworthia here at Al's Garden Center.|
My camera doesn't do justice to this impressive springy display.
|The bees were all over these flowers.|
Happy bees make me giddy.
|The Digitalis and Scilla were also bee magnets.|
|This Ceanothus, blooming in the Oregon Garden parking lot, was the deepest shade of blue I've ever seen.|
|My camera doesn't do justice to this container at N&M Nursery either.|
Cuppressus 'Wilma Goldcrest' is the thriller while Coprosma does the filling
and 'Angelina' Sedum does this spilling.
|This water bowl is gigantic--I'm guessing at least four feet across. But you can't tell from this|
photo I took in the shady part of Secret Garden Growers.
I was shocked to discover that I didn't take one photo of my sister's garden.
What the heck was I thinking? Here is one of my favorites from last year.
|Like most gardeners, my sister has since removed all of the lawn for more plants!|
Don't you love it?
So there you have it. My confession.
Are you a hort-a-holic?