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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bought Plants Today at the Northwest Horticultural Society Plant Sale

I went to the Northwest Horticultural Society's Spring Plant Sale today at the Center for Urban Horticulture in the university district in Seattle. What a great sale! Tables and tables and tables full of luscious, healthy plants, many of them early Spring bloomers!

I bought one cardboard tray full.

Then I went back and bought more (What can I say? I still had money in my purse...) This plant sale benefits the Elisabeth C. Miller Horticultural Library, and brings together in one place (two rooms) many small specialty plant providers and nurseries, some of which only open to customers by appointment.

I bought Corydalis flexuosa 'Purple Leaf'

Angelica taiwaniana 'Vicar's Mead' -- 2 of these, actually.
Look at that lovely dark leaf!

Two Cryptotaenia japonica f. atropurpurea -- another dark-leaved plant.

Two Arum italicum 'Jack Sprat' -- an Arum with dark blotches on its already marbled leaves.

I also came away with two Delphinium trolliifolium, two Delphinium menziesii, two white Dodecatheon meadia, one Anemone nemorosa 'Virescens' (an interesting anemone with green flowers), and one Corydalis 'Berry Exciting'. The Delphiniums are PNW natives that I read about recently, I don't remember where. I was so excited to find them! The Dodecatheon, aka Shooting Star, is also a native. The Corydalis 'Berry Exciting' has chartreuse foliage and purple flowers, and grows in shade, so it should really brighten up the shade garden. Maybe I'll try inter-planting it with the purple-leaved one.

I can't recommend this yearly plant sale more highly! If you are gardening in the Seattle area and are looking for rare or unusual plants, don't miss this plant sale next year. It was very crowded, despite the heavy rain today, and was indoors. I would have bought more, but I was spent up.

Also, Dan Hinkley was there, giving a couple of free lectures. His first was on Hellebores in the early Spring garden (I missed that one), and the second was about interesting plants for the early Spring garden, which I attended. It was both fun and interesting. He's an entertaining speaker, and showed slides and videos of some wonderful plants. Too bad it was too dark in the lecture hall to take notes.

Now -- have you had enough of new plants?

Me neither.

On Thursday I received an order from Annie's Annuals.

I got a gift certificate from my husband for Christmas, and went to the website and made a wish list. Many of my wish list items became available soon after, so I ordered. I had never ordered from them before, so had no experience of them. The order arrived quickly, and in great shape. Well-packaged. I highly recommend them if you live on the West Coast. They have a lot of California/West Coast native annuals, but also plenty of perennials, as well as vines, shrubs, trees and grasses.

What did I buy?

Mimulus lewisii x cardinalis

Look! Another interesting leaf!

Now I just need some dry weather, so I can spend some time on my knees, planting.


  1. It is hard to stop buying plants especially the ones that is hard to get and rare. Hope you have fun planning where to grow them.

  2. Hooray for new plants! You have some very interesting plants-- some I haven't seen before. Looking forward to seeing photos as they grow.

  3. HI Alison. I am loving the dark leaves plants you got such as your Angelica.Getting new plants always makes me feel good. LOL! Looks like you found some good additions to your garden and it is always good when it benefits a group.Have a wonderful week.

  4. Nothing says SPRING like new plants. I love your purchases and hope we can get some dry weather soon so you can plant them in their new home. I am looking forward to seeing you chronicle their growth.

  5. Your excitement is tangible, Alison! And contagious! You obviously had a wonderful time and now, I'm holding thumbs (crossing fingers) that the weather warms up and you can head outdoors and get planting!!!

    Can't wait to see everything flourishing in your garden in a few weeks' time :)

  6. Hope in a box! Nothing more fun than buying plants. Where do they go? How will they do? The colors are beautiful. Have fun gardening!

  7. Oh you had fun this weekend! Quite jealous as I spent the weekend on my bum nursing a crummy sinus infection :( I love all of your selections, the dark leafed plants are so cool! I'll have to check out Annie's annuals, sounds cool. Have a great week!

  8. what a great seleciton of new plants, and I especially like those dark leaved ones. Is the angelica the same plant that you can crystalize the stems to use for decorating cakes?

  9. Ohhhh---Can't wait to see what you do with them all!
    Im still sitting on my hands about buying plants!

  10. What fun you will have getting those beauties planted! Were there a couple lisianthis in your first photo? They are grown as annuals here, but most of mine look like they've survived the winter. I am very thrilled about that. When I went out to take some photos, my batteries died.

    That arum is cool. I have had some regular ones in my curb bed for about 5 years. I planted them as bulbs, not really knowing what they were. I have divided them since. I've read they are invasive in some places. They spread here, but not invasively so far. They sure are unique plants.

  11. ooooh I really envy you the Corydalis and the Angelica!! Those are on my wish lists too.. maybe by next year! :) I decided to focus bed by bed so those won't be til sometime later next year. I ordered from Annie's once as well and we're all the way on the east coast and they arrived perfectly too! I can sit and make wish lists on her site for HOURSSSS.. :)


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