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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Quickie

A while ago I saw Xerophyllum tenax (Bear grass) at Vassey Nursery and liked its looks but didn't buy it because I knew nothing about the plant, the tag said very little, and I'd not brought Botanica along.  Fortunately, Loree posted about buying one which reminded me of seeing it.  After learning more about it, I decided to go back to Vassey to get one one day after work.  The Acer palamatums were doing their spring thing.  There was a time when I didn't particularly care for this whole group of trees but now I find them beautiful and fascinating!
  Really, this was going to be a super quick trip to grab the Bear grass and go. Can you beat that color?

Peucedanum ostruthium 'Daphnis'  "Well-behaved Bishop's Weed replacement."  Where's the fun in that.  If it doesn't cause you to require a chiropractor after eradicating it, is there any challenge?

Thalictrum 'Evening Star' new a year or two ago from Terra nova.  "Leaves like an epimedium"  (Resistance is futile L.B.)  I love this and since the one I bought last year is coming back with gusto,  more might come home to join the party.


The quick trip thing sort of flew out the window when I saw more new arrivals like this Grevillia 'Pink Pearl.' but if I got every Grevillia that I liked, I'd have them all.

Who can resist Gentians?  True blue flowers, several flats of them.  

It would be thoughtless not to bring a few of these home to share with those who live in my garden but don't go to nurseries, right?

Viola 'Hertthrob' has beautiful leaves but it doesn't last long in my garden for some reason.  Have you grown this one?  Has it lasted for very many years for you?

Talking about saturated color,  Pericallis 'Deep Blue'  is so intense, it almost hurts your eyes to look at it.  Beautiful.

OOPS, geraniums.   I always get my geraniums from Vassey because their four inch pots are each given a full foot of growing space in all directions. 

Therefore, the 3- 4 dollar four inch pots from Vassey have plants the size of  more expensive gallons from other places. 


The fancy leaved varieties that I like often sell out fast so, better get a few while the gettin's good, right?   Somehow this quickie trip to the nursery to pick up that little bear grass yeilded this:
Not pictured are a couple six packs of Tagetes tenuifolia 'Lemon Gem' whose foliage, when brushed against produces a fragrance that I love.   It may amuse you to know that I've not yet planted a single thing purchased this winter/spring so far. My garden is looking more and more like a nursery every day.   Wishing you happy plant hunting!

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful plants. I especially like that blue one! There seem to be so many nurseries. My husband travelled to Norfolk this morning. It's quite near to Washington, I think..

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    1. They are lovely! To confuse everyone, the U.S. has two Washingtons, Washington D.C. on the east coast of the country and Washington State on the west coast. Norfolk, Virginia is very close to Washington D.C. but far away from Washington State where I live. I hope he enjoys his trip and you enjoy some time in your garden! Happy Monday, Satu!

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  2. Gorgeous color combinations with the blue and the variegated leaves of the geranium. We'll need to see those in your garden too.

    I need to look up some of those plants like Xerophyllum tenax, funny how Bear grass is a completely different plant in our area.

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    1. Re: your Bear Grass vs. ours...it gets really confusing when yours (Nolina nelsonii right?) is sold here with the common name. I bought one a couple of years ago (pre-smart phone in my hand for research) hoping indeed what I was buying was yours...

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    2. Common names can be so confusing! Plants, in my garden? It just may happen soon (too cold for geraniums to be outside quite yet.) We're supposed to have a week of wonderful weather & the days are long enough now that I can actually get something done outside after work! In addition, I'm skipping a plant sale on Saturday (like I need another plant) so that I can have my first full day to work outside this month.

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  3. Well at least you ended up with what you stopped to get! Truth be told I've stopped to gaze admiringly at that Thalictrum 'Evening Star' several times. The foliage is rather attractive!

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    1. I'm shocked because you're not the biggest fan of epimediums. These leaves are pretty sweet though.

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  4. You mentioned to me how big and beautiful and healthy the geraniums were at Vassey, and now I see just what you mean. The blue Gentians are so rich, I love them. I have two that have come back well this year, but aren't flowering yet. Also I have a couple of those Thalictrum, which have also come back well. I planted a Viola with heart in the name a couple of years ago, and it immediately disappeared. I'm pretty sure there was no sign of it last year, but now I see leaves that look like it coming up. Maybe it just needed a really long sleep.

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    1. That viola should be called heart breaker because it makes you fall in love and then just leaves town! Vassey's geraniums (sorry, pelargoniums) are quite nice!

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  5. Good to see your rationalization gene is in dominant mode.

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    1. Someone with as little self control as I has honed rationalization to an art form! I don't know how you keep yourself away from the highway 30 trifecta.

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  6. If it's well behaved, then it can't be a replacement for Bishop's Weed.

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    1. Right you are! Who ever heard of a well behaved bishop?

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    2. "Who ever heard of a well behaved bishop?"...hahaha!

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  7. I have to admit...I have a particular weakness for those Zonal Geraniums...especially the chartreuse bi-colored one...so pretty!

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  8. You crack me up! We shop the same way! I went to a nursery to say hi to a friend who is the manager and came home with a shrub. :o) Jason's comment about Bishop's Weed is spot on. That stuff is beautiful but what a beast! But aren't most bishop's a bit naughty?

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    1. It's not our fault! The pretty plants seduce us. I really must start thinking about where things will go before buying one or five of whatever I think looks pretty. My garden looks like a quilt that someone started puttin together without a pattern or a plan, just a bunch of mismatched fabric. Oh well, if it keeps you warm, who cares what it looks like, right?

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  9. Love the plants you chose! I have been drooling over Acers all spring. But, I have killed a couple and have sworn not to get any more (for a while). I have lots of plants that need planting, too. I am not very good with plants not in the ground, so I'm hoping the cold nights are over, and I can get them planted.

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    1. I do really well with plants not in the ground! That way all the weeds and thuggy plants in the beds don't overpower the new plants. I've got a few things in pots stuck in beds that never got planted last year. The existing plants just grew around the pots. They're looking happy this spring. Crazy.

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    1. It's pretty sweet and adorable when it blooms.

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  11. I was taken in by 'Evening Star' but have found it to be a dud here in the great white north. I can say the same for 'Heartthrob' - both sublime in their folial display but lacking in the hardiness category - ever so sadly!

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    1. Sorry to hear that Barry! They're both lovely but only 'Evening Star' has been a good repeat performer for me.

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