Well, once again the HPSO Spring Plant Sale has come and gone...it's hard to believe it when something you've been anticipating for so long is finally over. Due to some earlier purchases this spring (and the growing awareness I just don't have a lot of room left), I was a bit conservative with plant purchases this year (not that I've ever been exactly extravagant). My first purchase was a few of the above Oxalis 'Garnet' from Siskyou Rare Plant Nursery, a small specialty nursery in Talent, OR. It's no secret I love Oxalis, and it's even less of a secret that I love red/purple foliage, so this one was a no-brainer. I've purchased the purplish Oxalis with triangular leaves, but I've never cared for them...I much prefer the rounded leaves which are more typical of the species. This is one of the smaller ones, getting about 4" tall with a spread of about 1'.
| Calamagrostis brachytricha
Although I generally buy more grasses at the Fall Plant sale (cool-season grasses aren't much to see in April) I did pick up a pot of the above grass. While related to the more upright, earlier-flowering variety 'Karl Foerster', this Calamagrostis is more open and fontain-like. Also, it blooms in later summer/autumn which panicles that remain open and fluffy, looking amazing in back and sidelighting.
I got this one from the Wind Dancer Garden table, another nursery I'd love to visit someday, especially to see their display gardens...like I need another excuse to buy more grasses! I do find that whenever I find something lacking in my garden, my instinct nowadays is to put a grass there...much to the dismay of my partner.
I was hoping to see some Andropogon or Sorghastrum for sale, but they don't seem to be offered anywhere (other than through mail-order), I checked out the Wind Dancer website, however, and they DO have Miscanthus purpurescens, so I may pick up a few more of those if I ever make it down there.
The next plants I snagged were a trio of the above. I've been wanting a Vernonia for the past few years, but they don't seem to EVER be available locally, for some strange reason. Don't let little shoots look tiny and delicate...well, don't be fooled! These puppies should get 6'+, maybe not this year, but hopefully soon thereafter! I missed out getting some of these at the HPSO fall sale (from Dancing Oaks), so wasn't about the let these slip through my fingers. I got these at the table from Sweet Nectar Nursery.
I certainly hope the Astrantias in my garden stay happy, because I just keep adding more and more. I'm hoping they can cope with the weird lighting and heavy soil that has claimed many other plants (not enough sun for Echinacea, too much for Rodgersia). This one should get fairly beefy...about 2-3' tall and wide. I got this from Green Gate Nursery.
Anemanthele lessoniana (Pheasant's Tail Grass)
Although I didn't buy anything from them at their annual open house last year, I got this grass from Rare Plant Research. Supposedly evergreen here, it gets this wonderful autumnal color that lasts throughout the winter, and greens up with the return of warmer weather.
Salvia 'Purple Majesty'
I also picked up one of these beauties from the Salvia Garden, LLC I was walking by and mentioned to the friend I was with how much I had loved my Salvias last year, but was a little worried that they hadn't shown up yet this year. The gentleman at the booth asked how I had prepared them for the winter and I learned I may have planted them wrong AND not protected them during the winter correctly...ooops. So, this one went in my tray, as insurance ;-)
Last, but not least, I got some of these lovely ladies from The Lily Garden. I felt a little sad after the Yard Garden & Patio show that I didn't get any lilies, and well, they were just sitting there, begging me to take them home! These should get 4-6' tall and be covered with little white, flushed with pink, turks-caps flowers.
So there you have it, my haul from the sale. I can't say I found anything that I wanted to do a backflip over, but I was really happy with what I got. I always seem to get better stuff at the Fall Sale, for some reason (again, I think because there are more grasses), but it's so much easier to be motivated to plant things now!
How about all of you...did any of you make it to the sale...if not, do you have a regional sale like it that you've gone too recently?