Today I attended the annual Parkdale Horticultural Society Plant Sale. There seemed to be less selection this year. I bought less plants then last year but still managed to break the bank.
I have a few plans this year and went to the sale with some kind of idea in mind beyond, “Get good stuff cheap.” One plan is to build a bigger carnivorous plant bog container than last year’s successful container with more non-carnivorous bog plants and grasses. Potential bog additions have been indicated with an asterix (*).
Here’s my purchase list:
- Miniature Variegated Sweet Flag (Acorus g. ‘Minimus Aureus’)* – Purchased from a vendor, not from the sale. A lovely, low-growing grass with a golden hue.
- Lemon Geranium
- Nutmeg Geranium – I used to be really anti-geranium but last year I buckled and purchased three scented geraniums.
- Purple Leaf Loosestrife – I’ll admit that this was a total impulse buy. My exact thought process was, “Purple. Pretty. Hmmm “purple loosestrife” is an invasive plant destroying the wetlands. Pretty purple leaves. I’ll keep it in a pot.” A quick search has shown that purple leaf loosestrife is not invasive.
- Catnip – Cause I can’t find this growing anywhere!
- Persian Catmint – I’ve had one growing in my herb pool for the last few years but it’s looking sad this year. The cat loves it.
- Chives – Another plant I can’t seem to admit I’ve got enough of.
- Strawberries – I can never have enough.
- Variegated Artemesia
- Obedient Plant*
- Siberian Iris* – Colour was not indicated.
- Egyptian Onion
- Iris ‘Black Gamecock’*
- Scutellaria indica v. parvifolia – A pretty alpine.
- Cerestium alpinum v. Lantanum – Another pretty alpine.
Later this evening I went out for a walk and could not pass my local corner store/plant place without taking a peek. I made a few more purchases:
- Scotch Moss
- Wooly Thyme
- Irish Moss
- Horsetail (Equisetum hyemale)* – I was a little shocked to find this at my small, local corner store plant stand. It was a bit worse for wear since they clearly don’t know how to take care of it, but I couldn’t pass it up since it was on my must-have list for the bog. This is one of my all-time favourite plants.