I am such a sucker for the Fall Plant Sale, and by that I mean the plant sales with deep discounts, the ones that often have the sad plants that look like Charlie Brown Christmas trees. Maybe it's the foster parent in me, the girl who has always been on the side of the downtrodden, sad, and neglected in life, or maybe it's the fact that I have an incredible amount of patience that is backed by this drive in me to study things over a long period of time. Who knows but at least I am not alone.
|I already have a Monstera deliciosa thriving in my entry, so I knew I could resist this amazing Monstera deliciosa 'Albo Varietgata' but I won't lie, I wanted it! That frosted, glazed donut look gets me every time!|
|One more way to stuff African Violets into your home.|
|A frilly edged Asplenium nidus, or Bird's Nest Fern.|
|Crocodile Fern, Microsorum musifolium.|
|Mounted Staghorn Ferns aka Platycerium.|
I was so proud to have made it past all the ferns, but then it was this display of Bromeliads that ruined me. I saw all of them and thought, "Maybe I should keep working on this group. I bought one last winter and didn't kill it so maybe I could expand on that success!" (For such a cynic, I truly can sound ridiculously positive.)
|From left to right: Phlebodium aureum 'Mandaianum', Vriesea 'Splenriet', Dracaena 'Green Stripe', Sansevieria trifasciata 'Moonshine'.|
|Doll's Eyes or White Baneberry, Actaea pachypoda.|
The second sale I was able to commit to this year was the annual Cistus Nursery parking lot sale. Due to my rather challenging foster child that weekend we were a bit late, and many plants had already been purchased by people who'd shown up with trailers, but we had a good time anyway and found plenty of plants.
|This year there were a number of Windmill Palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) so I picked one up.|
My husband and I were never really sure about planting palms, but after seeing them in Japanese gardens in photographs shown during a lecture last winter up in Seattle, we felt more comfortable about adding one to our berm area.
|Myrtus communis 'Ann McDonald'.|
|Spider Plant 'Gold Nugget' (Chlorophytum 'Gold Nugget').|
|Spider Plant 'Gold Nugget', (Chlorophytum 'Gold Nugget') seed heads.|
Has anyone else been to any great sales? What deals did you find this fall?