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 – 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. The undersides of the leaves are a silvery white.
Lovely striated leaves of Hosta ‘Hyuga Urajiro’ got me!
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.
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’
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 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…
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!
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.
But the best part of all is the dark, burgundy undersides of the leaves. So pretty!
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.