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Some of the haul from the plant sale

Sunday 20 April 2008 - Filed under Gardens

Last Saturday’s Hardy Plant Society sale yielded a big haul of great stuff. Nurseries from all over the area brought their goods to one place, for gardening enthusiasts to wildly snatch up. My record may have been surpassed, but at the time I checked out, I was told I held the record for biggest sale of the day. I will pay off the credit card next month.

I had a couple items on my wish list, which I can now cross off.

Tetrapanax papyrifera. The plant tag simply says STEROIDAL GIANT. It’s said to grow rapidly it’s first few years. It’s part of a plan for quick privacy from the neighbors’ new hot tub and deck, and the new 3 story development to the back, with terraces that overlook the yard. Plus the 2 foot leaves are fun to rub my face in look at and will read well from a distance.

Tetrapanax papyrifera and podophyllum

Rhododendron sinogrande, with leaves that can grow to almost 30 inches long!! And creamy white to pale yellow flowers, but the flowers aren’t the point with these big guys, which may take many years to bloom. The entire plant I bought isn’t 30 inches long yet, but I don’t come across these often enough to hold out for a larger specimen.

Rhododendron sinogrande

A handful of Alocasia and Colocasia with green, black, and chartreuse leaves, which may or may not survive the winters or my halfhearted attempts to dig and store them in my zone 8 climate. Last year was the first time I located these and was able to plant them, and they made my late summer border (alocasias on the right side of the garden path).

bananas, cannas, alocasia, bamboo

Colocasia 'black magic'

I also went in search of a fern I’d passed up at a previous sale, Dyopteris, which gets 3-4 feet, and I found a couple different kinds. But then I also found woodardia radicans, the European chain fern, which claims to be Evergreen and up to 6 FEET of arching, drooping fronds. I don’t have a good photo of a big one, but if mine gets that big, there may be no topping that plant.

2008-04-20  »  megan

Talkback x 4

  1. Aaron Wakling
    20 April 2008 @ 9:30 am

    Good Blog. I will continue reading it in the future. Nice layout too.

    Aaron Wakling

  2. Shala
    21 April 2008 @ 5:42 am

    Those are some big beautiful plants. Congrats on all your new babies!

  3. mike in ft pierce fl
    29 April 2008 @ 9:27 pm

    Very nice and tropical feeling garden for your zone 8 climate.
    Great Work and nice scores!

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