Come closer and whisper those words I've been longing to hear, Plant Sale. What gardener doesn't long to hear those words after a long cold wet winter or in the midst of it as the case may be.
Last Saturday the P.S. season began at the Northwest Perennial Alliance annual March Mania sale at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Rain was pouring down and I thought attendance would be low but it seems I'm not the only one eager to get outside and play if the rain ever lets up.
Plants were flying off of tables and attendees were in a jovial mood as their carts were filled; wallets lightened.
Table after table of hardy cyclamen.
All sorts of other treasures as well!
Clever vendors provided images of plants in bloom, a great tactic for some specimens that were little more than pots of dirt.
In case you need a hippieastrum reprise.
So dark and pretty!
The emerging umbrellas of podophyllum foliage never cease to thrill. They look a bit like the paper ones put in fruity drinks. .
Illicium simonsii in bud. If I only had more space...
Windcliff Plants had Syneilesis palata 'Golden Samurai' which I saw in their garden in the height of summer and unlike S.p. 'Kikko' this one retains that variegation. How exciting is that?
In a corner, these gardeners were reading fortunes. "I predict your plants will die if you don't water them."
Haul in hand
we headed back to the car.
Saleing season has begun!