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Friday 22 January 2010 - Filed under Plants

There has been no sign of freezing temperatures here in weeks. Is the threat gone? It’s been pretty boring winter, I’m already working on my spring plant stalking.

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Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)
The biggest hole in my garden is the lack or arisaemas – the plants that have my heart and no place in my soil. I really must figure out a way to remedy that this year.

Echium fastuosum 'death star'
Echium ‘Death Star’ or any Echium really. Must. Have.

Bamboo (fargesia)
I really need a good clumping bamboo – the fargesias catch my eye.

Cryptomeria japonica 'sekkan suji'
More evergreens! I’ve had my eye on Cryptomeria japonica ‘sekkan sjui’ for years. Such rich color. That would perk up the winter garden.

The tree I’m not done trying, even though I’ve already killed two of them. Franklinia, with that delicate branch structure, fantastic fall color, and white fall flowers. I sat last year out, but this year I’m going for it again. I’m pretty sure I have the right spot for it this time around.

Saruma henryi
Year after year I hunt for Samura henryi. I’m going to turn to mail order this year if I have to. I’m not letting another year pass me by.

Fern and alchemilla mollis
I need many, many ferns. Especially those with hairy black spines and bright gold leaves.

Goodyera pubescens (eastern rattlesnake orchid)
Goodyera pubescens – a delicate groundcover I haven’t been able to get off my mind since I first saw it. There’s always room for more groundcovers.

Impatiens omeiana?

mystery plant
And I have some mysteries to chase down, whatever they are, I want them.

2010-01-22  »  megan

Talkback x 9

  1. Loree/danger garden
    22 January 2010 @ 8:34 am

    Well it looks like you’ve got plenty of plant shopping in your future! Nice choices! Wasn’t yesterday just amazing? Very Spring Fever inducing. I can’t wait til the spring HPSO sale!

  2. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    22 January 2010 @ 10:39 am

    January–and I’m already worried it’s getting away from me.

  3. Grace
    22 January 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    Hi Megan~~ Now that’s the spirit!! I have no doubt you’ll succeed in your quest and I expect a full report. :)

  4. Cindee
    22 January 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    Hi Megan,
    I thnk I can clear up one of your mysteries. The top picture of the bottom two looks like Parthenocissus henryana. The bottom one looks kinda like an immature Arisaema.
    The Goodyera grows wild up in the Cascade Mountains.

  5. Jane
    23 January 2010 @ 7:50 am

    I keep telling my brain it’s still winter, but my heart wants it to be spring. That Japanese cedar is a lovely shape and color. I want more like that next winter: I’m determined to be happier with the 10/11 winter garden.

  6. george
    23 January 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    I agree, Parthenocissus henryana for the top one. you don’t see it much in nurseries round these parts. I mail ordered one a few years ago, super fast growers, so bareroot thru the mail isn’t a problem.

    if you like the look of it green, just wait till fall…

  7. Karen
    23 January 2010 @ 2:21 pm

    You are brave to try three times with a tree! You must really love that one, I’m unfamiliar with it but will take your word that it’s worth it. Hope this time it thrives. I too have been lusting after a Cryptomeria, so if you get one I will be looking for tips on how to keep it happy. The Fargesias at my kid’s school seem to be doing just fine in containers, they came from Booshoot Gardens up north of Seattle. I think they are F. rufa but am not sure. Great arisaema shots!

  8. Janet
    23 January 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    I wanted a Franklinia too!! That one is on my short short list! How big does that Cryptomeria get?

  9. ricki - sprig to twig
    24 January 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    Funny how the acquisitiveness sets in about this time of year. I’m with you on the cobra lilies…how can I have survived so long without them? Could have something to do with priciness, but worth sacrificing something else to get them.