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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, May 4, 2015

The Words That Make Every Plant Addict Weak in the Knees - Plant Sale!

The Rhododendron Species Garden hosts a sale twice a year, spring and fall which I rarely miss. (Previous post here.) The sale is held Friday afternoon  and  all day Saturday on a site only 10 minutes from where I work.   With so many plant sales happening on the weekend of April 18, I was a bit worried that there wouldn't be as many vendors this year as in the past.  To the contrary, there seemed to be even more!

Arisaemas a go go.

My shade garden has several varieties whose names I've forgotten.  Mostly I call them lucky to survive as mine emerge fairly late and the space is in danger of being used to plant something else. Sloth has its benefits as by the time I get around to planting things, the arisaemas are usually making themselves known.

The flowers are quite interesting and the foliage is equally captivating.


The Rhododendron Species tables themselves always contain far more than just rhododendrons. Can you imagine this leaf only two feet across?

Ian brought Treasures from The Desert Northwest.  If you're in the area, his open house dates for this year are May 29-31, July 31 - August 1, and September 25 - 26.

Prism Gardens Nursery was a new name to me.  Turns out, Prism Gardens is Lee Hiatt, the secret grower you may have remembered from this post and this was the first time ever that Lee had participated in a plant sale as a vendor.  Word on the street is that he had a great time!


He volunteered - $45.00!  He was selling them for $8.00.  



 One of the clubs represented at the sale.  These tables often have some unusual treasures for those interested in a specific kind of plant.

More great plants and vendors. 





Gardeners find hosta irresistible as do deer and slugs.

 One of my favorites and one that the hummingbirds enjoy as well, Berberis darwinii.

Sarracenia blooms are as quirky looking as the plants themselves.


Here's a pitcher stalk cut open to show how many bugs were consumed by this single stem.  

Kalanchoe

Starting to feel really silly for starting tomatoes from seed.  This was one of many tables... 



There were lots more vendors like Robinwood Nursery, and The Scented garden which had chimonanthus praecox which is difficult to find in these parts and Philadelphus madrensis, the blooms of which have a delicious wafting fragrance reminiscent of like grape kool aid.

It's fitting to end this post with a couple of rhododendrons since the sale benefits the Rhododendron Species Foundation.  Here's Everred.

Someone forgot to photograph the label on this one but ain't it grand?    

The RSF autumn sale takes place in October.  Hope you can make it!  For a list of other FSF events, click here.

33 comments:

  1. Looks like there was a lot to get excited about here! I love sales like this where there are many smaller vendors!

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    1. It was a great time and a great sale!

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  2. Looks like it was a great sale! This was the first time in years that I've skipped it, but with Hortlandia the very next day, it was just too much.

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    1. To much plant sale attendance? Who are you and what have you done to Alison?

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  3. This was a far superior sale to that of Kubota Garden (disappointing). I'm happy you posted a picture of Kalanchoe: I have 8 on my window sill, grown from a shriveled dropped leaf carrying 'babies', and I didn't know I was growing :-)
    The pictures of the arisaemas are beautiful. To think this graceful beauty is full of dead bugs...

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    1. Sorry that the sale at Kubota was disappointing! I would have gone but went to Portland that day. Arisaemas are really nice plants and come in such a wide range of sizes! It was the carnivorous sarracenia that was full of dead bugs. I grow a bowl of them back by the compost bin and have others in the greenhouse to help with the darling bugs.

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  4. October you say? Perhaps it's time I made the trek...(and what did you buy!?)

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    1. Oh yes, definitely! I got that Schefflera minutistellata, Philadelphus madrensis, a couple of hostas, and Azara microphylla.

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  5. Entirely too much fun. We don't have this kind of activity around where I live.

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    1. It was indeed. We're very lucky to have so many great plant sales, growers, and nurseries in these parts!

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  6. This looks like so much fun!!!! I like arisaemas and the name you gave them made me laugh...they come late in my garden too.

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    1. It was fun! Maybe get them blooming in a greenhouse for the spring sales although there is one very early one in my garden that's already finished blooming.

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  7. Good to see so many small vendors have a chance. Lots of gems--you are a connoisseur!

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    1. That's the beauty of most of the plant sales here, the small specialty growers are just as welcome as the larger ones.

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  8. You are so right about the sensation of hearing a plant sale. And seeing that Schwfflera gave me some palpitations too, major want!

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    1. Isn't that Schefflera cool? I can't wait to see if it'll produce two foot leaves!

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  9. The number of venues available to you to facilitate plant-buying never ceases to amaze me. It's not enough that there are dozens of wonderful nurseries within an hour's drive? They also assemble to share space and offer their beautiful bounty to give you yet another chance to buy!

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    1. It's a gardener's paradise here for so many reasons. When you move up, I'll be happy to be your nursery tour guide!

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  10. I was also wondering what you bought! I just got a cutting from a friend from her Kalanchoe Daigremontiana, Known as the Devil's Backbone, I think that is what you have in one of the pictures. It can grow in the ground here with no protection. Not very many kalanchoe can do that here.

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    1. I got that Schefflera minutistellata, Philadelphus madrensis, a couple of hostas, and Azara microphylla.You're right about the Kalanchoe name! Impressive that they grow outside there!

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  11. Dear Mr. TOG
    You really had to make me GREEN with ENVY didn't you ? .... now I have to wipe all the drool off my keyboard as well ... BIG sigh !
    I would wander around mumbling to myself over all these delights .. they would probably have to call in the funny house brigade on me ... do you know how lucky you are ?
    I'm coming for a LONG visit and it is all your own fault !! LOL
    Joy : )

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    1. You should come for a long visit! I'll take the blame! Having gardened in zone three (Alaska) before moving here, I'm always amazed by how many plants are hardy here. The choices are overwhelming! Fortunately, there is a funny house just across the alley from my house so they'll be on alert when you visit!

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  12. We were at the sale Saturday morning, and then enjoyed a stroll through the Rhododendron garden.

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    1. I enjoyed your post about it and your walk in the garden which I didn't have time to do this year.

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  13. Oh, how fun. You mentioned many nurseries I had never heard of, and several that brought back memories of our fun nursery romp. It would be fun to visit this sale some time, and definitely fun to see the Rhododendron Gardens - especially this time of year! The Shefflera minutistellata sounds very intriguing...

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    1. The spring sale is at an ideal time to visit the gardens and if you buy anything at the sale, admission to the gardens is free!

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  14. I love Arisaemas but like Corydalis they live dangerously in my garden. Anything which disappears completely is likely to have something planted on top of it.
    What a great plant sale, I' d love to see what you came away with.

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    1. Yes, those late emerging plants really don't value their lives much do they?

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  15. I love the open air fair atmosphere, and they have plants that are so much more interesting than the usual nursery fare.

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    1. The open air setting is always great for a plant sale especially if it doesn't rain!

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  16. Shoot! So much happening I forgot about the RSF sale. I'll have to put the fall sale on my calendar, and Desert Northwest's open houses. At least I've got a trip to Lael's planned for this weekend.

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    1. I've never been to Lael's but have bought plants from them at sales. Must get there one of these days!

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  17. Oh yes--I'm definitely weak in the knees from this post. And from the idea of plant sales in my area. Sigh ...

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