plant gluttony

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It all started with a visit to Jockey Hill Nursery, where Michelle babies her plants without any help from nasty stuff like pesticides. I came away with two Italian cypress, Cupressus sempervirens ‘Glauca’, flanked by two Yucca rostrata ‘Sapphire Skies’ in the back row. The two pots on the left hold Perovskia ‘Crazy Blue’. The Epimedium rubrum on the left sits next to Epimedium ‘Enchantress’ on the right. In front of them is Iris foetidissima ‘Variegata’. On the right is Senecio greyi. Rounding out the group is Rhypsalis and Aloe maculata.

Bloggers’ Swap plants

Oh my, look at all the plants that came home with me from the bloggers’ plant swap at Jenni’s (more about that later). Back row, left and right, Yucca (sorry, name escapes me at the moment), Cedrus deodora ‘Prostrate Beauty’ and a raspberry. Tucked in at left, Ricinus communis ‘New Zealand Purple’ from Alison and on the right Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’ from Heather. Next row: Acorus graminans ‘Ogon’,also from Alison, Libertia peregrinans ‘Bronze Sword’ from Jane, two Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’ from Linda, two more of those Acorus and Sedum sieboldii ‘Medio varigatum’, again from Heather, who brashly nicknamed it ‘Clown Whore Sedum’. Front row, left to right: Blueberry Glaze from Loree, two little Euphorbia starts and two golden oregano. In the grand melee that surrounds plant fever, I failed to note the sources of everything I grabbed, so if you see something that came from you, please let me know (thanks, Alison). I always like to give credit where credit is due, not to mention the warm feelings every time I see a gift plant thriving out there. Delusional Drive is filling in nicely, thanks to all these wonderful blogging friends.

I also scored a Pseudopanax ferox at Hortlandia. It’s a strangely wonderful plant and as I carried it to the car not a soul failed to exclaim over it. No pix, as it is small and not very photogenic at this point. I am currently pondering placement as I furiously plant all the other stuff that has come my way. With two gardens to whip into shape (HAH! Like that will ever happen) and the Portland Trail Blazers to cheer and moan over, I’ve been sadly negligent in the blogging and commenting department. This rainy day is good for something.

12 Responses to “plant gluttony”

  1. Bria Says:

    NICE! It’s such an exciting time of year for those of us with the plant bug. So many plants, so little time, and money, and space!

    Love Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’ by the way.

  2. Beth @ PlantPostings Says:

    Oh my, that is plant gluttony indeed and I am terribly jealous! I’m about to make a run myself and you’ve fueled my plant impulses. I’ve yet to get my hands on Epimedium rubrum, though I’ve had my eye on it for years. Last year, I planted to other species of Epimediums, and it appears both survived the horrible winter! One died back to the ground, but is coming back with little seedlings, while the other stayed evergreen under the snow! Both are planted in a warm microclimate next to a stone wall. Enjoy your beautiful plants!

  3. Grace Peterson Says:

    Plant gluttony is the best kind of gluttony especially when fueled by friend gluttony. Can’t wait to see your Delusional Drive all prettied up with the newbies. Your post captures the spirit of all of us this time of year. Love it!

  4. Shirley Says:

    Just look at all those plants! It’s nice to have a little help from our gardening friends now and then.

    With all those yuccas your haul would look a lot like mine except for plants like Epimedium which I love but are risky in my hot dry climate.

    Aww, the Trailblazers still have a chance.

  5. Alison Says:

    The swap was so much fun, and definitely fed the plant gluttony. Your haul from the nursery is great too! I brought the Acorus and the Ricinus to the swap. I still haven’t planted the Acanthus I got from you, but I do have its spot all picked out.

  6. Loree / danger garden Says:

    Wow, you’ve got quite the haul there! I was trying to remember who I pawned that blueberry off on, I hope it is a good one for you.

    About that Pseudopanax ferox, you might consider a container if you want it to live long term. I’ve been tempted to plant mine out but keep hearing stories that have me doing otherwise…

  7. Heather Says:

    I love reading this and then looking out into my garden and seeing all the plants I’ve gotten from you and everyone else. The acanthus spinosus you gave me is about to push out a fat bloom!

  8. ricki Says:

    Bria~Swapping goes a long way to relieve the money part, and I have space but time is always short. I’ve long admired Valerie Finnis, so imagine my joy at having two of them.

    Beth~Have fun satisfying your plant impulses.

    Grace~We understand each other. No gluttony guilt among gardeners of like minds.

    Shirley~I love seeing scenes of your city…the precision of your Spurs, not so much.

    Alison~Thanks for IDing the plants from you. That Acanthus is a favorite of mine…hope you enjoy it.

    Loree~You have reinforced my inclination to put feroxy in a pot. It might just ease the sting of losing Stachyrus salicifolia to put it in that big red one. It will look a little overpowered at first, but it is already putting on new growth.

    Heather~Sometimes the best thing about these plants is the reminder of where they came from.

  9. Sarah/Galloping Horse Garden Says:

    That’s quite a haul you have. As Oscar Wilde said, I can resist anything except temptation. For the last 3 months I have been working part-time at a local nursery/garden center while I am between jobs and let me tell you, if it weren’t for the low wages and the fact that I’m moving soon, I’d be coming home with plants every day.

  10. ricki Says:

    Sarah~Sounds like a dream job, except for the temptation part.

  11. Loree / danger garden Says:

    You lost a Stachyrus salicifolia? Last winter? Oh man, that’s a bummer!

  12. ricki Says:

    Loree~You may recall how excited I was over that plant in combination with that pot…so yes, major bummer. Oh well, we all must learn to live with these setbacks and carry on. Feroxy looks quite happy in that pot.

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