I'd mentioned that I was considering a smoke bush for a difficult area on the south side of the garden, partially shaded by a large Arbutus 'Marina'. I found one last month. Although it wasn't in perfect condition when I bought it, it seems to be settling into its spot just fine so far.
I also picked up a Duranta erecta for the partial sun area behind the street-side hedge.
|The tag on Duranta erecta 'Lime' (aka 'Gold Mound') says it won't grow taller or wider than 2 feet. Of course, I believed a similar tag on the specimen on the right. Planted several years ago, it's now close to 6 feet tall.|
The Grevillea 'Scarlet Sprite' I added to my dry garden last year has done well so I decided to add 2 more plants.
The local botanic garden held another of its special fall plant sales, which a friend and I attended the weekend before last. She left empty-handed but I did not.
|I picked up an unusual trailing Salvia, S. cacaliifolia (aka Guatemalan Leaf Sage). It has ivy-like leaves, no odor, and isn't sticky. It also needs regular water so it went into a large pot to be watered by hand.|
|I also picked up this Agave 'Kissho Kan' at a very reasonable price. The variegation isn't as pronounced as most I've seen but it's still a handsome agave.|
On our way home, my friend and I stopped in at a clearance sale held at a small local nursery and I came away with yet another agave.
Late last week, I made a trip to a nursery in Huntington Beach in search of a Mahonia for the vacant spot in the area recently cleared of a dying hedge. I left with the Mahonia and 2 other plants.
|I picked up this Leucadendron salignum 'Summer Red' to add some height and softer texture to the succulent garden on the south side of the house.|
Is that all, you ask? Nope. Plants also arrived by mail! The first delivery was a complete surprise.
|I received a box containing 8 bulbils from Pam Penick's famous Moby, a massive Agave ovatifolia that bloomed earlier this year. Six of these tiny plants will be passed along to other local bloggers at a meet-up we have planned in early December and 2 will be planted out in my garden when they gain some size. Moby's progeny have been widely distributed - he's taking over the country, one garden at a time.|
I received advance notice of the second delivery. Loree of danger garden contacted me on election night to say she had a Tetrapanax papyrifer seedling if I wanted it. The offer, which I gratefully accepted, was the only bright spot in what proved to be a very depressing evening. Her package arrived this week.
|Loree packaged the seedling with expert care and it arrived in perfect condition. I've tucked the seedling into a pot out of the wind that can buffet plants here while it gains some size.|
So, is that it? No, but this post is long enough so it will do for now. For those of you in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!
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