The outside courtyard just inside the entrance of the garden was occupied by a variety of local vendors, offering succulents, tropical selections, and drought-tolerant plants.
|I almost bought the Salvia clevelandii 'Wilfred Gilman' (2nd from the right on the table)|
|More healthy selections from the same vendor|
|I passed on the Plumerias - I have to see if I can keep the one I've got alive before picking up another|
The prices on the vendor offerings, while pretty good, generally ran higher than the plants on display in the main auditorium. My impression is that volunteers supply many of the plants offered for sale in this area but San Marcos and Native Son nurseries also provided donations.
|An Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt' - do you see that price?!|
|Agave 'Blue Glow' - a wonderful plant but not as good a price as I've found elsewhere for its size|
|I spent 10 minutes debating the purchase of this beautiful ornamental banana ($20!)|
|There were a variety of Cuphea, a genus that does well in my SoCal garden|
|An unidentified variety of Plectranthus - I love the genus but this variety looked rangy|
|Strobilanthes anisophyllus 'Purpurea' (aka Mexican petunia)|
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy had an entire room dedicated to California natives.
|This plant looked interesting but the common name put me off|
|Melica imperfecta, a low-growing, drought-tolerant grass|
None of the plants on display fit into my current plan for the side yard. Nonetheless, I didn't walk out empty handed.
Here's what I got:
- Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt' (yes, I already have 3 of them but, at $15 for a beautiful plant priced at $40 by the local nurseries, I could hardly take a pass)
- Beschorneria yuccoides
- Cuphea ignea 'Alba'
- Aeonium simsii hybrid
- Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'
My total expenditure was a very reasonable $36.90. So does it matter that I have a specific spot identified for just one of these plants?