Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Hortlandia - Spring HPSO Plant Sale!
Primrose Society display at the HPSO Spring Plant Sale
Well, boys and girls, it's that time of year once again...Plant Sale Time! The season sort of kicks off with the biggest and best sale of all, the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's (HPSO) Plant Sale, now officially rebranded as "Hortlandia".
104 Vendors from all over the region brought some of their best plants, crafts and artwork...and from what I could tell, area gardeners fell upon them ravenously. The Spring sale always seems to be especially mob-tastic. It probably has something to do with "spring fever"...that tendency for us gardeners to leap at any excuse to think about our gardens again at the end of winter. It helped, I think, that the weather the past few days has been fantastic!
Be prepared to see some intense stares from gardeners trying to read the labels on plants they've never heard of...and be prepared to play some mind games if someone is already eyeing a plant you want.
Aside from just purchasing plants, the show is also a great way to meet the people who own and/or work for some of your favorite nurseries.
One of the best things about the sale is the Holding Area...if you find you have too many plants in your box to carry around, just take them here and they'll hold them until you're done shopping. I use this service more often than not.
Is there anything better than getting to socialize with your fellow plantaholics?
So...what did I pick up at the sale, you may ask...well....just a few things. First off...we've been talking about what to plant in front of our fence in the backyard to give us a bit of privacy from our neighbors. I had wanted to plant a tall grass there for it's multi-season interest, but in the end, agreed with Norm that something evergreen would probably be more practical in the long run. Deep sigh. This bamboo will be planted in a stock tank...and should reach about 6-8' tall, which in addition to the 2' height of the tank itself, should provide plenty of screening. I got this from the Wind Dancer Garden booth...and I'm already planning my pilgrimage there in a few months to stock up on grasses for my parking strip!
Yes, I have so many Oxalis already...but this one has pink flowers! I couldn't resist it, plus, I really dig that central vein of silver on the leaves. This should add a little pop to the Oxalis patch on the North side of the house. I got this one at the Dancing Oaks booth.
Syneilesis aconitifolia (Shredded Umbrella)
I've wanted one of these for the past few years, but just never got one for some reason...this year I finally got one...again from Dancing Oaks. I just love the handsome foliage...and it should clump up within a few years to be a nicely impressive patch.
While this yellow form of this sedum ('Angelina') is practically everywhere these days (including my own garden-love it!), I don't see this blue-green variety as often. I have to admit, i was mostly struck by that bright red coloring. Found at the Egan Gardens booth.
Sedum sieboldii 'October Daphne'
I remember seeing this on another blog last year and falling in love with it...it's strangely symmetrical growth pattern...those lovely, scalloped leaves. I didn't hesitate when I saw these (also, they were only $5)! Sadly, I can't find a name of the nursery on the tags, anc can't remember which booth I got them from :-( Checking the room map on the HPSO site, I'm thinking it was probably Garden Thyme Nursery.
Lastly, I got a bulb of Lilium 'Silver Scheherazade' from The Lily Garden. I do love lilies, especially these tall, turks-cap variety. I actually learned my lesson last year, when I waited too long to plant the lily bulbs I got at this show...this one went into the ground immediately!