On Saturday, Alison (Bonnie Lassie) and I drove out to Kitsap County for our last plant hunting spree of the summer. We hit Valley Nursery where we both bought some spring-flowering bulbs. I didn't place a bulb order this year so it was nice to find everything that I was going to order right there at the nursery. Next up was the last Heronswood sale of the season, lunch with our friend Debbie Teashon and plant shopping at Henry Hardware in Kingston where she is the manager of the garden department, and then off to Sundquist Nursery's fall open. Here are some of the plants that came home with me:
Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea' which doesn't often have ripe fruit in our climate. This one came from Dancing Oaks in Oregon which is quit a bit hotter than we are so maybe that's why it has grapes. The foliage color alone is worth growing this plant but the little clusters of grapes are pretty sweet too!
A few things for fall color.
Colchicum giganteum, one I don't have but see growing around town in older gardens. The folks at Dancing Oaks got theirs at a yard sale years ago. A lady had dug a wheelbarrow of them to sell, and they bought them all and have been propagating from those bulbs. I love a plant with a story!
More winter interest from Henry Hardware. I'm a fan of ornamental kale and cabbage and this oh so curly one was new to me. Look at the way it holds water droplets. Great for our moist winters!
A Lonicera (Honeysuckle) the mother plant of which I've admired at Far Reaches Farm. How could I resist it's fragrance and beauty? The plant on the right is Alstroemeria isabellana that we picked up for a pal who couldn't come to the sale with us.
Exciting new Cyclamn coum and hederifolium from Bouquet Banque to add to the collection.
I usually kill heaths and heathers but this one with three colors in one pot was so pretty that it'll get a spot in a pot for fall. We'll see what happens after that.
Heuchera 'Fire Alarm' is so red and glows in the sun. Maybe I'll make an effort to divide it when it gets to looking awful (the reason I don't love heucheras - who needs all that lifting and dividing?)
There were also some great ferns from Sundquist but those will have to wait for a future post. When the patio table and chairs are full of pots (the official plant ghetto/pot holding area is full,) I always wonder where on earth they'll be planted and when I'll get around to planting them all. This Saturday will be a busy one with continuing to get the greenhouse ready for the fall migration and planting, planting, planting!