This weekend was the annual Spring Plant Sale at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. I've meant to go for the past few years, but always miss it somehow. This year, thanks to MulchMaid and her recent post promoting the event I finally made it!
This was THE plant I wanted...isn't it lovely...beautiful, shiny burgundy leaves lined with little spines. I snatched it up, so excited with my discover...then discovered it was $30 per plant. GULP. Somewhat deflated, I put it back and sadly parted ways.
Ahhh....if I had an acre of land, I'd gladly give these babies a spot there :-)
|Chief Joseph Pine||Rusty Metal Screen|
Well...the sale had some great things, but I was feeling a bit non-committal, so Norm and I decided to head to the Garden to look around. I haven't been there very often, so there is still an air of discovery when I do go. Following are a few photos of the Garden itself...I'll spare you too much jabberin...especially since I'm not terribly knowledgeable about many of the plants!
Camelia on rock
Lorapetalum & Rhododendron foliage
Podophyllum (Chinese Mayapple)
|Mystery Thorny Bush||Rubus - love that pleated foliage|
Pebble Path with Moss - Because moss makes everything better!
Tree Peony Foliage
|Hypericum relative||Chaenomoles japonica|
Persicaria 'Red Dragon'
Epimedium & Lorapetalum
So what did I but at the sale...well, nothing :-) I really wanted the Epimedium...but at $30 a pop, couldn't justify that expense. I also picked up a seedling of Peony Obovata...but at $12 for a mere sprout, decided against it. So...off to Portland Nursery to get some Chives (had been meaning to plant some for the past few years. While wandering around, I passed the grasses - I could hear my partner already, "More grasses?". They actually had a few small Stipa gigantea this year...which I could NOT pass up!