So, in pursuit of getting out more, I decided to attend the Northwest Perennial Alliance's get-together last weekend at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, called "The Promise of Spring" event. There was a sale of Hellebores and flowering Cyclamen, followed by two presentations. The first was a slide show of photos from last year's Open Gardens by the two chairs of the Open Gardens Program, Julia Graham and Donna Bogumill, called
|'Ice N' Roses Red' Hellebore|
I found myself quite drawn to the 'Ice N' Roses Red' Hellebore, but interestingly, by the time I left, the only two plants left unsold on the table were both that variety. I might have been tempted to buy them, but I've been looking for black Hellebores lately, and there were none to be had.
|Bright flowers, great splotchy foliage -- what's not to love?|
By breaktime, the room was very crowded, and because I hadn't found the Hellebore I was looking for, I decided to make my escape. The second presentation of the day was by Karen Chapman, on "Foliage First" about establishing a framework of interesting foliage in the garden. I bet it was good, her two books are inspiring, full of great photos and great ideas. I've met her and heard her speak before.
Since I was in Bellevue, so close to Molbak's, I decided to continue on to Woodinville and go plant shopping.
|I've grown this one before, and I might even have a pup from my previous plant somewhere in the greenhouse.|
|This one is almost like stained glass!|
|Colors a little too reminiscent of Christmas, which I am so over|
|Euphorbia trigona red|
|Agave 'Blue Glow' look-alike, but I think it might be an Aloe|
|Agave 'Blue Glow' -- the real thing|
One thing Molbak's excels at is displaying plants:
|The leaves on those Primroses look good enough to eat|
|The color echoes are enough to make you swoon|
I found lots of Hellebores.
|They had hordes of 'Ice N' Roses Red'|
I've been to a few more places since this trip to Molbak's, and they all have 'Ice N' Roses Red' Hellebore. It seems to be a popular one this year.
|'Penny's Pink' looks great with that red-tipped Euphorbia, but I'm not sure they like the same growing conditions|
|'VavaVoom Pink' -- who comes up with these names?|
|'Double Pink Petticoat'|
|Look at the red stems on that Drimys!|
|My big regret of the day|
My biggest regret of the day was that I didn't buy a Camellia. I've been wanting another one, now that I seem to have managed to coax the one I have to at least bud up (we'll see if the flowers open). The Camellias in the photo above are Vestito Rosso 'MonBella,' which has big beautiful deep red flowers and deep red, almost black, new foliage. But they were $180 (yes, that's right -- $180), and I wasn't sure I wanted to haul such an enormous shrub all the way home from Molbak's in my new car.
|The Hellebore that came home with me -- 'Midnight Ruffles' from the Winter Thriller series|