Finally, at the HPSO Plant Fest, I found a small Schefflera delavayi within my price range. Cistus was the vendor and here’s what the plant tag has to say about it: “In our never ending search for garden hardy evergreen Schefflera relatives, here’s one that’s actually a Schefflera. This Himalayan species grows eventually to 6 or 8 ft and can have leaves in excess of 2 ft with an exquisite tawny indumentum. So far has proven hardier that even Fatsia to a low USDA zone 7!!” Can you tell I’m just a little bit excited?
More Plant Fest finds: that’s Brunnera ‘Alexander’s Great’ in the background, even bigger and bolder than its predecessors. It and the Kniphofia ‘Orange Vanilla Popsicle’ in front of it came from the Jockey Hill stand.
This wonderful Fatshedra came from Alison at our Bloggers’ Bazaar. The variegation reminds me of Fatsia ‘Camouflage’, another wish list plant. That does it, since I decided to focus on new foliage plants for this installment of Pam’s (Digging) monthly festival of foliage.
Oh, I’m so happy to see that plant doing so well for you! I’m glad you love it. It is very like Fatsia ‘Camouflage,’ which has even bigger leaves. Good choices from the Plant Fest too. I have a Schefflera delavayi that is doing well, can’t waitt o see it all grown up.
The big one (Shefflera) that Sean had was in bloom and looking magnificent. I have high hopes.
You found some great plants! That’s a lovely Brunnera–one of my favorite foliage plants. The Torch Lily looks like a healthy one. How tall does that one grow?
The tag says 16″, compact habit & reblooming…sounds good.
Excellent! I love the lot. Looks like they’re getting well watered and soaking up our recent rain?
Amazing what a little rain can do. Everything is greening up…including the weeds.
I’ve killed that Schefflera taiwaniana and S. brevipedunculata, now trying my luck with S. delavyi. I wish us both good good luck, Rickii.
I’m putting mine in a big pot and hoping for the best…for both of us.
Nice new additions! It’s amazing how much cheaper those schefflera are from specialty nurseries like Cistus and Far Reaches compared to garden centers that get theirs from Monrovia.
I’ve been on the lookout for an affordable Schefflera for ages. Usually they are large and spendy. I’m always willing to start small.
I love that one you got from Alison! I need to focus on adding some big leaves into my gardens. It really does seem to make a dramatic difference.
I’m a sucker for big leaves. Saw some great ones at Joy Creek today.
Now I know that Scheffleras come from the Himalayas. for some reason I always thought they were from the highlands of Latin America. Enjoy ‘Alexander’s Great’, I have only the straight species Brunnera, but I can see it has the capacity for some really huge leaves.
I hope it shares the tendency to seed around. More would be better.
Two-feet leaves sounds like you really have to commit to this Schefflera. Enjoy. The brunnera will be nice.
Big leaves are a commitment I am only too happy to make.
Nice haul! I also got a Fatshedera start from Alison. Hooray for generous friends who are also propagation wizards!
Our blogging buddies are the best!
Good finds, autumn is such a great time to plant!
All the pros say autumn…guess I haven’t started soon enough. I’m giving it another chance this year.
Nice new additions Ricki – wishing them well in your garden.
Thanks, Angie: my plants thrive on good wishes.
What great finds! I love the Brunnera especially! Looking forward to seeing them growing in your garden next season.
Always looking forward to the next season, while trying to stay in the moment: do all gardeners suffer from this split personality?
Is anything more exciting than new plants to trial in one’s garden? You have some real lovelies. I hope they do great for you. Thanks for linking up, Ricki.
Good ideas tend to happen simultaneously. Do you follow Christina’s foliage meme? And you’re right: new plants are the bomb!
The first toad we kept as a pet was a big femlae we named Jabba. I take it this toad is a femlae as well, given the size. We found her one night on our cement back porch. I take it she came up there in search of bugs as we had a light out there. Somehow she managed to climb up 4 steps that are about 10 inches high each. I always wondered how she got up there since toads are not known for their leaping abilities.
We found a slug on a second floor window. I guess where there’s a will there’s a way.