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Plants I did NOT buy

Thursday 9 April 2009 - Filed under Plants

OK, OK, I got called out yesterday on my alleged necessity herb purchase containing an non-edible ornamental, a sweet potato vine. Guilty. Not only that, I got two others. In my defense, after loading up on 8 herbs, if I bought two more 4 inch pots I got a little price break, so it was like getting one for free. And then I got one more. I’m a gardener, what could I do? I can’t just go cold turkey. In my mind, 4 inch pots hardly count. If I’d been sticking to plants that cost under $3 all this time, I’d have a lot more money in the bank, so this is cutting back.

Cryptotaenia japonica (Japanese honeywort/Japanese Parsley)
One of the non-edible essentials I got was a sweet woodruff, because it spreads quickly and easily, and I need more ground covers, and the dog trampled the one I had. NECESSITY. Then I got this black leafed evergreen that gets white flowers because it is black leafed, evergreen, and gets white flowers! I’m only human, how could I resist that? It’s a Cryptotaenia japonica, aka Japanese honeywort, aka Japanese Parsley.

Corydalis quantmeyeriana 'Chocolate Stars'
If I may submit some evidence in my defense, there were a lot more plants I DIDN’T come home with. Have you ever seen Corydalis quantmeyeriana ‘Chocolate Stars?’ Check out those brown dotted leaves. If I had not been on a budget, I would have snapped this right up.

Goodyera pubescens (eastern rattlesnake orchid)
I’ve wanted the eastern rattlesnake orchid Goodyera pubescens since I saw one in a woodland garden last year. But did I come home with it? No (not yet). If that’s not restraint, I don’t know what is.

You can never have too many epimediums, that hopefully colonize your dry shade. How about this one with red edged leaves? I so didn’t by this, I didn’t even come home with its name.

Epimedium x 'Rainbow Shades'
Another good epimedium I passed up, this time I did get the name: E. x ‘Rainbow Shades’ which is from a seedling mix that produces unique flowers, from white and purple to red and yellow, just depends on what you get. Love these star shaped nodding flowers.

Luzula sylvatica aurea
The picture doesn’t do them justice, but Luzula sylvatica ‘aurea’ had bright chartreuse leaves that greened up in the picture. I’ve got a green leafed variegated luzula at home, and it has been the tough, neglect tolerant workhorse it promised to be, and looks pretty good this spring. One with golden spring leaves would be a nice addition. But I resisted. Because I am strong.

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2009-04-09  »  megan

Talkback x 5

  1. James
    9 April 2009 @ 9:31 am

    Dude… those epimediums are pimpin’ – but you suck for not getting the name. I thought you had hella free time on your hands now? – I kid, I kid. Comic relief. Gallows humor… ya know.

    Is it too early for that?

  2. Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots
    9 April 2009 @ 9:43 am

    Very good! Now go back and get those now that you’ve proven to yourself that you can not buy! ;)

  3. Karen
    9 April 2009 @ 10:52 am

    Someone with rampant epimediums must read this and tell you they can divide it and give you some. It never naturalizes for me, or I would be the one to offer it! I don’t have any that spectacular, and there’s one I’m even wondering if winter killed off, as I can’t seem to find it where I thought it was planted. Hm. Good job on the restraint, I know it must be difficult. Time to let everyone know that you what you want for your birthday and other gift times is nursery gift certificates!

  4. nonlineargirl
    9 April 2009 @ 11:04 am

    Sweet woodruff is worth getting. I never buy it, I just dig it up from my mother-in-law’s garden, but if I did not have her I’d buy it.

  5. megan
    9 April 2009 @ 12:42 pm

    James – Not too early at all. Without a sense of humor about all this, I would have been done for months long ago.
    Tessa – oh good, I have permission
    Karen – I bet yours comes back yet. I have some that are later to leaf out.
    nonlineargirl – it’s so easy to divide, it’s a good one to get from other people. I really shouldn’t buy it, but I just wanted it right now.