grab bag on thursday

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Here’s the little patch in the middle of the “lawn” meant to gradually expand to take over as much of the open space as I can manage. Several grasses came home with me from the swap so it will be expanding faster than I had even hoped. There’s a big rock there that we rescued from the highway verge (biggest one the both of us could manage…oh, for a truck with a lift).

Allium 'Gladiator'

Allium ‘Gladiator’ provided nice spots of color while blooming.

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The foliage on the oak tree from the Tough Love sale (can’t seem to find the tag) has such delicate foliage that I think it will provide sparse shade even as it grows.

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R did some selective mowing, leaving patches of buttercups (they are the bane of my existence as they try to invade every bed and border, but I love their cheery presence here.

Rosa moysoii geranium

This rose, purchased from Roger Gossler at the Portland Fling, was purchased for her shapely hips. This is the first time I have seen her brilliant, single red blooms. Now I am in love all over again. Pay no attention to that woman behind the computer who claims to not care for roses.

Iris 'Raven Girl'

The Iris show was resplendent this year. A newbie this year is this near-black one…’Raven Girl’

Iris spec-x 'Alley Oops'

Proof that a silly name can’t keep a delicate beauty down…’Alley Oops’…really?

Panicum 'Heavy Metal'

Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’

And now for the Means report. It’s time for the super sales. All of these are 5 gal pots or larger, starting with Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’, one of my favorites, at $6.99 ea. It doesn’t look like much now, but the flower spikes are fabulous later on.

pink Rhododendrons

pink Rhododendrons

Good-sized Rhodys for $4.99.

variegated Agapanthus

variegated Agapanthus

At $4.99 ea. these variegated Agapanthus are a bargain even if they don’t make it through the winter.

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They are just coming into bloom, with lots of buds showing.

Stella d'Oro day lilly

Stella d’Oro day lilly

If anyone is interested in Stella d’Oro, here they are for $4.99, about halfway through their bloom cycle.

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Lots of good-sized Jaspanese Maples in several colors are $9.89 ea.

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They are all dark, some redder than others.

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I’m not exactly sure of the size, but those pots are larger than 5 gallons. If you’re out this way on Sunday, stop by Joy Creek to say hello. The garden is looking fabulous and we have a new batch of Heucheras for just $7.50 ea…’tis the season of hot sales, dontcha know.

22 thoughts on “grab bag on thursday

  1. Oh, what a great idea to start in the middle and expand out! I guess we’ve kind of done that here. The edges of the garden have slowly taken over more of the lawn. LOL. What a great deal on those Japanese Maples–they look so healthy and full!

    • This is a new approach for me. I’ve usually started by building a berm. I’ll be revisiting this project from time to time to document progress.

  2. Wow! I can’t believe the prices in your sale (put me down for some of the Agapanthus please!!! ha ha don’t think I could afford the cost of delivery though). BTW are you sure it is an oak? the leaves don’t look oak-like at all.

  3. Good luck with your expanding garden. Off to great start. Agapanthus at that price would make me happy. I bought 2 at the end of last fall for about that and one overwintered and has put out small amount of foliage. Hoping. Gorgeous black iris.

  4. I think I may have to stop at Means one day! Are you working at Joy Creek this Monday ? I’m thinking of a doggie day out !

  5. It will be exciting to see your project expand over time! Your red rose is sweet! Looks like there are some great deals at Means & Joy Creek’s Heuchera sale sounds swell, too!

    • Most plants here are more expensive too. This is just a place that puts its overstock out for incredible prices. That would be some big dig! I’ll stick with nibbling away at it slowly.

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