The Nowlens Bridge haul

A couple of weeks ago, mi compadres William and Gina, and I took a little road trip to marvelous Nowlens Bridge Perennials. At the end of the post I wrote of our little escape, I mentioned “my near heroic restraint” when it came to accumulating yet more plants. I suppose everything is relative, but referring to my struggles as “near heroic restraint” is of course a massive exaggeration, although I did really struggle. Those of you who know me, however, know that my resolve crumbles in the presence of beautiful plants. So, let’s tell the truth, shall we – what did I bring home?

The haul - lounging in my wheelbarrow.

The haul – gloriously gathered in my wheelbarrow.

This is one of those that I have coveted since William and Gina brought it back last time - Mahonia gracilipes.

This is one of those that I have coveted since William and Gina brought it back last time – Mahonia gracilipes. The undersides of the leaves are a silvery white.

Lovely striated leaves of Hosta 'Hyuga Urajiro' got me!

Lovely striated leaves of Hosta ‘Hyuga Urajiro’ got me!

This lovely NOID variegated Polygonatum with more pronounced variegation than the one I have previously seen.

This beautiful NOID variegated Polygonatum with more pronounced variegation than the one I have previously seen.

Tiny white flowers on spindly stems always seem to appeal to me - Silene alpestris.

Tiny white flowers on spindly stems always seem to appeal to me – Silene alpestris.

A Wood fern with vase-shaped habit - Dryopteris tokyoensis. Can't have too many of those! :)

A Wood fern with vase-shaped habit – Dryopteris tokyoensis. Can’t have too many of those! 🙂

Had to get one of these - just look at those leaves: Begonia Cocoa-series 'Enchanted Sunrise'

Had to get one of these – just look at those leaves: Begonia Cocoa-series ‘Enchanted Sunrise’

For a hosta, this is such a different texture - these kind of scrolled, upright leaves were irresistible to me. Hosta 'Praying hands'

For a hosta, this is such a different texture – these kind of scrolled, upright leaves were irresistible to me. Hosta ‘Praying hands’.

Little Potentilla tridentata – again with the promise of tiny white flowers.

Glossy, heart-shaped, low-growing leaves that will also sport - yup, you got it - tiny white flowers.

Glossy, heart-shaped, low-growing Beesia leaves that will also sport – yup, you got it – tiny white flowers on wiry stems. Damn, I’m predictable!

A lovely low-growing Hosta that I think I can tuck in somewhere. Don't remember the name...

A lovely low-growing Hosta that I think I can tuck in somewhere. Don’t remember the name…

I have a Mukdenia - but this is a hybrid between it and Bergenia - thus Mukgenia. I think I need to put it in a somewhat bright spot to encourage the red development on the foliage. Lovely plant!

I have a Mukdenia – but this is a hybrid between it and Bergenia – thus Mukgenia. I think I need to put it in a somewhat bright spot to encourage the red development on the foliage. Lovely plant!

I bought another Himalayan Maidenhair fern (Adiantum venustum) - I really love those!

I bought another Himalayan Maidenhair fern (Adiantum venustum) – I really love those!

Pinellia cordata

The fabulous, mottled leaves of Pinellia cordata will soon grow quite a bit larger. The flower consists of a spathe and spadix with a long “tail”, not entirely unlike that of a Mouse plant – Arisarum proboscideum.

Pinellia cordata

But the best part of all is the dark, burgundy undersides of the leaves. So pretty!

Saruma henryii

Fell in love with this hairy little ginger and its yellow flowers and green seed heads – Saruma henryii.

Most of these are still languishing in their respective nursery pots. Hopefully that will change this weekend. But, chances are that I will make my plant hoarding worse before then, as today, we are taking a buyer trip to another fabulous nursery I have never before visited, but heard raves about for years. This post is devoted to the treasures of Nowlens Bridge, but I promise to report back on today’s trip very soon. I’m steeling myself – this will no doubt be another day of addictional delight. Where is PAA (Plant Addicts Anonymous) when you need them? I could totally use a meeting right now… At this point, resistance seems futile.

 

 

 

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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14 Responses to The Nowlens Bridge haul

  1. Mark and Gaz says:

    Great haul Anna! The first hosta I thought at first was a tropical cordyline

  2. A great haul, too. I like the fern

  3. rickii says:

    If that’s what heroic restraint looks like, I guess I have some of it too. Does that mean we are now free to move about the plant sales freely?

  4. Alison says:

    What a great haul! All fabulous plants.

  5. All beautiful selections! As I’ve made 2 trips to my local garden center just this week, I’d be the last person to render judgement. I’m a little in love with that Pinellia myself but nothing in my garden can be guaranteed the “even moisture” it requires.

  6. annamadeit says:

    Yeah, that moisture thing might be a bit problematic… All that aside – our addictions could be a lot worse, couldn’t they? At least we make the world more beautiful…

  7. Pauline says:

    Love your selection, I’m not surprised you came home with them! I love ferns, especially at this time of year when their foliage is so new.

  8. Evan says:

    That looks like my “heroic restraint”. I laugh only because I can sympathize. The Pinellia cordata is beautiful!

  9. annamadeit says:

    Haha – it makes me feel better when I can think of myself as “heroic”. 😀

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