Clackamas County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Fair
Ok, I know I've talked about a few plant sales on this blog so far...but this one was a total surprise to me, the Clackamas County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Fair. Late last week, a friend emailed me about this plant sale and wondered if I was interested in going. Of course, being me, I couldn't turn down a plant sale. I figured it would be a smallish affair (I'd NEVER heard of it before, so it had to be rinky-dink...right?).
Saturday morning, we headed off to Canby. We pulled up to the FAIRGROUNDS (yes, I should have suspected its scale when the directions mentioned it were at the fairgrounds) and saw row after row after row of vendors. O M G. After a snafu regarding entrance to the show (they only took cash and the only ATM was INSIDE the fairgrounds...really?!?) we got inside and stood in awe...so much stuff! I could not believe I'd never heard of this event...it was enormous...easily the biggest such sale I'd seen. We started at one end of the vendors and slowly made our way to the end. It took us about 3 hours...and I'm pretty sure we missed a few.
So many plants, so little time!
Even though I was more than aware of my rapidly dwindling amount of space...I couldn't help pick up a few things I'd been wanting anyway.
Polygonatum odoratum variegatum (Variegated Solomon's Seal)
I had been wanting some of these for a while now, and when I saw one just sitting there, I could resist no longer...plus, it was pretty cheap in comparison to ones I've seen in local nurseries. I love the graceful, arching stems and the tiny dangling flowers. A bonus, they sometimes turns a lovely, rich gold in autumn...and you know I'm a sucker for Autumn color.
Astrantia 'Ruby Wedding'
I love me some Astrantia...and just keep adding more and more!
Slightly different than the other Astrantia I have in that the flowers are not as deeply colored as many of the newer hybrids, but the blooms are larger...which I thought would be an interesting contrast to most of the others.
Acnatherum calamagrostis (Silver Spear Grass)
What do I love even more than Astrantias...grasses! I actually bought one of these from High Country Gardens this spring, but instantly wished I'd gotten a few more...so here it is. I got this one from Wind Dancer Garden, near Salem. I talked briefly to the owner and she encouraged me to come visit the nursery and garden in September, when it will be at it's full glory...and don't think I won't go! She was also very helpful in giving a recommendation between several species of Panicum I had been debating getting.
|Calamagrostis 'El Dorado'
|Rodgersia 'Chocolate Wings'
Amazingly, since we're finally reaching the almost end point of the back yard overhaul, I actually got all these plants in the ground this weekend...that is crazy.