Parkdale Horticultural Society Plant Sale 2005

Another May, another act of gluttony at the Parkdale Horticultural Society plant sale. Okay perhaps there was slightly less gluttony on my part this year — arriving late always helps since the good stuff goes in a matter of minutes. But I just can’t help myself when I see a big container of something-or-other for 2 bucks. It almost doesn’t matter what it is; I simply can not pass up the deal.

Just this morning I was surveying my deck and noticed that in addition to the yearly onslaught of self-seeding anise-hyssop, I was also inundated with wormwood. I kid you not. Wormwood and anise-hyssop seedlings are covering every empty container out there. It’s safe to say I’m good for wormwood for a while. So what do I decide to get because it is huge and only 2 dollars? A pot of artemisia. Mind you it is a different variety, but still….


Here’s the full list of purchases:

  • Unknown artemisia – It has pretty, feathery foliage. I couldn’t resist!
  • Unknown columbine with pink flowers – So said the tag.
  • Red Orach – I probably should have bought more than one pot.
  • Egyptian onion
  • Chives – 2 bucks for a GIANT pot. How could I resist? How?
  • Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) – For the kitty. She found it the second I got back and proceeded to go haywire. I’ve been growing one in my herb pool for years but it didn’t come back this time.
  • (Nicotiana langsdorffii) – I bought 2 containers of this (4 plants). This is my favourite nicotiana. It has adorable little chartreuse flowers.
  • Cushion spurge (Euphorbia)
  • Beet ‘Bloody Mary’ – An ornamental variety with dark burgundy leaves that seems to be quite popular this year all of a sudden. People are finally coming around to the idea that food can be pretty too.
  • Scilla (white) – That’s all it said and they’re done flowering but again 2 dollars for a huge container.

From the more expensive area I bought three alpine plants:

  • Allyssum propinquum – Silvery foliage and pretty yellow flowers. Low growing trailing plant.
  • Orostachys spinosus – A silver succulent that grows in rosettes.
  • Helichrysum plicatum – A low growing plant with fuzzy silvery leaves that have a bit of succulence to them.

As you can tell from all the silvery foliage I went for alpines that can handle some heat and drought. I have one large alpine container and several small containers that look like rocks with holes in them. I made the smaller hypertuffa containers last year for the book but had to nix the project because I had too much content.

Here’s a few pictures of my trusty cart loaded up with plants: 1 | 2

If you’d like some wormwood or anise-hyssop seedlings let me know. I’m going to attend the Herb Fair at Harbourfront this year (first Sunday in June) so we can bring pots for people then. I can also take some scented geranium cuttings if you’re interested. Come to think of it I also have regular hyssop in abundance.

See last year’s entry about the plant sale.

Gayla Trail
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4 thoughts on “Parkdale Horticultural Society Plant Sale 2005

  1. Oh, man, I’m upset I missed this sale. I went last year (and the weather was remarkably similar if I remember correctly). I’m in for the Harbourfront Herb fair again, though. June 4, right?

  2. Is it still possible to get some wormwood seeds? I would love to, if it is!

  3. Aren’t horticultural society plant sales great? We just attended ours last weekend. Scanty purchases on our part, but it was fun to peruse the xeriscape demonstration garden.

    Wish I lived near you to take you up on the scented geranium cuttings. Some time ago I ordered some plants from a mailorder source and they came to me infested. I was very sad I lost them (being a bit ignorant on organic ways of ridding the pests). Oh well. I’ll have to find someone close by to do a swap.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sorry Renee I don’t have any seeds, just seedlings. I didn’t collect seeds, they just self-seeded on their own.

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