OMGoodness, aptly named event for certain! My non-gardening friends, (yes, I have a few) tease me to no end, obviously I did not ask them to attend with me. The event was held at the Mountaineers Club
in Seattle. The name originated in
Portland and seems to be spreading…. I
took a sweet friend from my MG training, she turned out to be one of those persuasive
types…. “Oh, you neeeeed that”, “go get one, ahhhhhh, , look at that, you
should get one of those too.” I really like her, DH may not.
The vendors present all had solid reputations,
many rare & unusual treats with limited stock on hand = frenzy. There were oodles of new introductions,
many yet unnamed, my head was spinning.
I finally set my purse down and just carried my wallet around. Taping my cash to my sleeves would have saved
Boquilla trifoliolata HS 066 - "Extremely rare
Chilean relative of Akebia, evergreen, long chains of lavender berries,
excellent texture, used for basket making in S. America" Pseudopanax laetivirens DJHCh 0345 - "Hardy araliad w/palmate
schefflera like foliage from mountains of S. Chile, handsome evergreen foliage,
Spring green.15' " Schizophragma sp. DJHS 8071 - "A beautiful, little known Chinese species
with reddish new growth and distinctive glossy green leaves, narrow white
bracts surrounding large flower heads." Viburnum sp. add. henryi DJHC 4266 - Hinkley collection from Sichuan
forms uptight stems to 15' clad with narrow 6" evergreen foliage, cymes of
honey scented flowers late Spring then red fruit.
Callistemon "Woodlander's Hardy Red' x 2 Disporum cantoniense 'Night Heron' -x 4 The large one in my garden but
it was sooooooo slow to increase that I did not want to divide the thing! Dryopteris lepidopoda '
Kniphofia 'Orange Crush' x 2 Lobelia tupa x 2 This will be my 2nd yr trying to get this to
bloom for me! I think my original 2 are toast. Polystichum x dycei
Kelly Dodson from Far Reaches Farm is a hoot. He also has a way of describing his plants that
puts me in an almost drug induced state; I always buy more than I expect but am
usually quite thrilled when I get home. This morning
I have regret (maybe too strong of word) over one slow growing fern that needs winter mulching. Other than overwintering plants in my greenhouse, I rarely coddle plants in the ground, I hope to remember to mulch this little beauty – I will be on guard the next time I visit his nursery. Far Reaches is so cool that I am not quite
certain I can keep that resolve. Really,
my only saving grace (plant wise) is that it’s located in Port Townsend – about
1.5hrs away. Whew. They do have mail-order though....
Dan Hinkley is always so generous with his knowledge, quite personable,
very humble. He had some new
introductions that I nabbed. One of
which he doesn’t even know the color of flower – I bought it anyway…nuts I tell
I had a riding lesson in the morning, Plant Nerd Night in the evening, great Thursday! It's pouring today so I am going to hunker down and clean this house reallllly well in record time. My 21yo daughter & I have a date at 2pm. We are going to the observation deck at the Smith Tower in Seattle, dress shopping downtown then sushi. I need to stay focused and the rain is helping otherwise I would be planting my new treasures, ignoring the dirt inside! I hope the rain stops at 1:45pm.