Plant purchases, May 2014

7 May

May 6th- took the car today, and since I was done early decided to go plant shopping. Most of the stuff was on sale from the reject racks, lol… But got some rather cool stuff, if I do say so myself!

First stop was at the little fruit stand in Newcastle, not even sure the name of the place, lol.

Bidders humilis ‘Pirate’s Pearl’
Cerinthe major purpurascens
Cuphea ‘Carribean Sunset’
Huechera americana ‘Marvelous Marble’
Juncus effusus ‘Lemon Twist’
Lamium maculatum ‘Ghost’
Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Pewter’
Lobelia cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria’
Nemesia ‘Compact Innocense’

The. A quick stop in Squawk Mountain Nursery. I love this place, they do some of the most spectacular mixed baskets I have seen anywhere, but most of their stuff is a little pricey. I ended up just getting one little begonia, in memory of my dad who loved them. It will go in the basket on top of the little bottle garden I made in the memorial garden bed.

Begonia ‘non-stop mocha white’

Next I went to Home Depot in Issaquah (I know, but they often have good deals in their sales racks, lol, and for annuals the big box stores are considerably cheaper most of the time.)

Doronicum orientale ‘Leonardo Compact’
Huechera ‘Melting Fire’
Pericallis (Cineraria) “Flores de Mayo”
Got these in three different colors- intense white centered blue, fuchsia pinkish purple, and a darker purple
Viola cornuta (white)

After that I hit the sales racks at Lowe’s and did the same thing, plus a few others since hey had what looked like good deals on a fee things-

Lobelia erinus ‘Regatta Sapphire’
Pelargonium hybrids
Prunella laciniata
Viola cornuta (bunch of em in a bunch of colors!)

Finally a shortened stop (I’m late! Gotta pay for this and go…) at Fred Meyer. Freddie’s in Issaquah, for a big box store, has an amazing selection of plants, just sayin. If I had more time, I probably would have gotten more. May still end up getting more later, lol.

Oh, and the nice looking guy at the check out gave me a extra deal on the already good deal of the flat of Lobelia, ’cause he noticed some browning on the center plants. Sweet! Definitely makes me want to keep coming back to buy plants there.

Dianthus caryophyllus ‘Velvet and White’
Doronicum orientale (cheaper than the one at Home Depot, darnit)
Lobelia erinus ‘Regatta Sapphire’
Osteospermum ‘Summertime Sweet Blue Sunrise’

Now I gotta get all this stuff potted up… The plotting begins 😉


Mother’s Day, May 11th we went down to Covington to visit a fuchsia specialist I’ve been looking at online. Even though almost all their hanging baskets were sold out, and their starts were pretty thin Pickens compared to the online catalog, we still dropped 100 plus bucks on four beautiful baskets, and 16 starts (I know, and that was me trying not to get too many! Lmao).

So these are the starts we got from them-

Fuchsia regia ssp reitzi
Fuchsia speciosa (2)
‘Debron’s Hokey Pokey’
‘Debron’s Snow Fairy’
‘Dying Embers’
‘Fire Opal’
‘Golden Herald’
‘Purpur Klojke’
‘Waconda Queen’

Whew, and I have to find room for all these! Most of them are at least marginally hardy, two are trailers for baskets normally (Billy and Fire Opal, which were ones we kept admiring every time we saw them in a basket).

Then we stopped later at the little fruit stand in Maple Valley on the hill there. I got just a few more things there;

Origanum vulgare variegata
Verbena hybrids

Finally stopped at Home Depot in Renton on the way home, got just ONE plant-

Huechera sanguinea ‘Firefly’

in their reject section cheap, lol. Pretty thing though.

May 19th, stopped in Swanson’s on my way home, found a few things worth getting;

Cuphea ‘Eternal Flame’
Rumex scutatus
Salvia elegans ‘Tangerine’
Streptocarpus saxorum

The pic of the Cuphea looks like C ignea, but we will see how it grows. Tag says it “tolerates heat, humidity and drought”. Hopefully it will overwinter either inside or in the ground.

The Rumex is to replace my dying French sorrel, though it doesn’t have the silver leaves my old one did. I’m still hoping the original plant pulls through, but it’s looking stunted and sickly, at a time when it should be thinking of flowering.

The streptocarpus said on the sign it attracts hummers, and is good in hanging baskets. Somehow I picked one without a tag though…

And the salvia was to see how different this one is to ‘Honeymellon’, lol.


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