Are you tired of my reports on this Field Trip yet...I hope not, but if so, have heart, because this is the last stop! Actually, since I'm going in reverse, this was our first stop of the day...and one I always look forward to. Not only are you guaranteed to find a few plants you never knew you wanted, but the prices can't be beat...can you say WHOLESALE!!!!
Xera focuses on plants that are adapted to our wet winters and dry summers. On their website, they state: "...we offer many plants that are adapted to dry conditions during the growing season and will actually thrive on little or no irrigation and still provide the components to make a fantastic garden." You can hardly argue with that, right :-)
Sedum 'Red Cauli'
While I've always like certain Sedums (mostly the taller ones like 'Autumn Joy', 'Matrona' and 'Postman's Pride') recently, I've found myself quite drawn to some of the shorter ones...thanks Sedum 'Angelina', there is something great about a plant that looks so good for so long...and requires NO special care! This one is definitely on my list...once I have the new front parking strip planted up, I'll see what room I have left, and see if I can shoe-horn in a few of these.
Sedum 'Bertram Anderson'
Another Sedum I was loving...I'm not sure about the name.
Rows and rows of tiny little Agaves.
Anne and Lyle scope out the offerings.
We were all intrigued by this little plant...at one point I think we figured out what it was...now I forget.
I'm still not sure what these plants are...the foliage seemed nice enough...
...but it was these awesome seed pods that caught my eye!
Loree & Derrick flip through the pricing guide...a useful thing as most of the plants don't have prices on their tags (this is wholesale, after all).
More Agaves...I do think I like this type the most...with the blunter, blue leaves.
I'm not generally a fan of variegated foliage...but the yellow on these Agaves positively GLOWS!
Ah yes, one of my loves, the Manzanitas.
What's that, you want a closer look at those awesome red stems...here you go!
I could be wrong, I believe this is a Callistemon bud.
Why settle for green-leaved Jasmine when you can go for the gold?
One of the plants that Xera really seems to promote are the Epimediums. How can you not like the new, red-flushed foliage?
I believe this is a type of Potentilla...love that silvery foliage.
Xera has a good selection of Phormiums, but after the past few years' winters proved how tender they really are, I just walked on by.
Still...they are lovely, right?
I can't believe I didn't grab some of these dark-leaved Geraniums!
Love 'Ravenswing' Anthriscus...mine is just about to flower too. I'm always torn between letting the flowers remain, or cutting them down.
This grouping of Libertia really stands out in the green house, doesn't it.
I'll indulge you with a close up of that fantabulous foliage.
In the center of this shot, you can see a little cluster of Eryngium venustum...aren't they cute! Yes...but they bite, be careful.
Ryan and Derrick on the hunt for THE plant.
I love the gauzy haze of these Luzula (I think) blossoms.
|Greg Shepherd, Xera employee
|Lyle, checking out a tag
I'm not the biggest Primula fan, but these white ones were pretty nice :-)
Another group of Epimediums...ahhh, so lovely.
The gang gathers around Greg as he regales us with story of the trade.
I'm sure there was some horti-humor at work here.
As we left Xera for the day, I caught sight of this little Manzanita...and realized it's the same one I had bought a few weeks earlier from Joy Creek, 'Greensphere'! I can only hope mine looks so big and happy someday! So there you have it, the end of our little get-together this spring. I hope you enjoyed riding along with us!
Oh, and because I forgot to include it in my last post, here's my haul for the day:
3 - Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke)
1 - Libertia perigrans
1 - Eryngium venustum
1 - Corydlopsis spicata aurea
1 - Aristea major