One might think that the RSG is all about rhododendrons. While they do that family very well, they also regularly carry a lot of garden gems. Here we see some blue meconopsis which grow fairly easily here. Most of the rest of the country is envious of this!
Ypsilandra thibetica and Pleione formosana.
Schefflera minatistellata can form a small tree up to 20 feet. Very rare plant from collected seed. I got one last year and potted up it quickly doubled in size.
Rhododendron 'Wine and Roses' is nice in bloom but is even more wonderful when the undersides of the leaves, a deep wine red, are viewed from below.
I lost track of all of the vendors as there were so many great ones there! Trillium.
This is such a sweet plant with cute round leaves and nifty purple tassel flowers.
Nice to see this one as it can be elusive when you're actively seeking it!
My relatives in Alaska, where this is considered a weed, still laugh at me for including it in my garden.
Never met a Pacific Coast Iris I didn't like. I don't grow any in my garden but surely love seeing them in those of others.
Acer palmatum 'White Peaches' swoon...
New to me is this vendor. Love the name for a grower of carnivorous plants.
As my friend Loree says, "There's always an agave."
Melianthus bloom surprised me but when I got home and looked, my own was in bloom.
Ah, the luscious leaves of Rodgersia.
From across the parking lot, the leaves of this croton blared like a visual brass band. I couldn't make out exactly what it was but made my way closer post haste. Was there some new hardy variety of this gorgeous thing? Turns out that these are from Weyerhauser surplus. They won't have space in their new Seattle office building for these huge houseplants so here they are. Quite a bargain at only $50.00. The planters themselves would retail for more than that. I thought long and hard about this becoming a permanent resident of my greenhouse but it would take up so much space and wouldn't fit in my car so it's still there along with the others.
This was Far Reaches Farms first year doing this sale and they brought with them some interestingly colored/patterned seedlings of Podophyllum delavayi. These two walked around with me for a while but then, in keeping with my buying fewer plants this year, one of them went back on the table. Now I wish I'd taken both. Oh well.
Kelly took me to Far Reaches Farm's fancy new van to see a newly discovered polygonatum which was interesting but what really caught my eye was this Podophyllum 'Red Panda' brought down for someone else. The price caused me not to ask him to save one for me but now I'm re-thinking that decision.
Ginkgo 'Snow Cloud'
Gentian is so very blue!
One last look at part of the sale and part of the building as I take my two plants home with me, proud of my restraint.
Hope you're enjoying spring plant shopping!