For a much more in-depth view of all the ins and outs of the plant sale itself, check out Peter's post here.
I actually went to this same sale two years ago, in its first year (I skipped last year), when there were fewer vendors and a lot fewer customers. This year, it was packed with people! It's a great sale, with lots of local small nurseries and unique plants that you seldom, if ever, see at big nurseries like Molbak's. I had such a good time, I actually didn't take any photos until I was leaving, when I turned around and got a shot of the plant tables and checkout line from far away.
|The Bloedel Reserve is a premier garden destination on Bainbridge Island in Washington state.|
On the way to our cars with our purchases, we passed a worker for the West Sound Wildlife Shelter who was holding a great horned owl on her arm. What a magnificent bird! His name was Orion, and you can read about him here. He's an educational ambassador who was born with a wonky wing and couldn't survive in the wild.
The West Sound Wildlife Shelter provides care for injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals. They recently rehabilitated and then released 6 local bald eagles that were accidentally poisoned when they fed on a euthanized horse that someone failed to bury in a timely manner.
After the sale we stopped in Kingston, WA, where we had lunch and then continued on to Dragonfly Farms, a cool local nursery that specializes in unique plants, whose catchphrase is "Where Abnormality is the Normality." I've posted before about Dragonfly here. Once again, Nigel sat and read while Peter and I wandered the aisles, in a trance, showing plants to each other and grinning. Actually, maybe it was more like kids let loose in a candy store.
So...what plants did I buy?
Well, one goal for the day was to buy a couple of new Epimediums. I was specifically looking for Epimedium wushanense, and I found it twice -- once at the plant sale, where I bought two small divisions from Far Reaches Farm, and then again at Dragonfly, where they had larger pots, with bigger and more impressive foliage.
|Epimedium wushanense Spiny-leaf form|
|Epimedium species ex. Sichuan|
|Impatiens omeiana 'Silver and Pink'|
|Pyrrosia sheareri Felt Fern|
|Himalayan maidenhair fern|
|Persicaria microcephala 'Purple Fantasy'|
|Such an amazing, rich red chevron...|
|Ribes speciosum -- a relative of our native flowering currant with hanging flowers that resemble a fuchsia|
|It also has scary looking spines|
|Primula Kennedy Irish Drumcliff|
|Such gorgeous dark crinkled foliage|
|The entire haul minus the Ribes|
Now if only the weather would cooperate and provide me with some dry, warm days to get all these plants in the ground!