This past weekend, gardeners in our area were all a-buzz with one of the biggest hort-events of the year – the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s fundraiser ‘Hortlandia’. It is a dangerous place to go for plant addicts, but the allure is irresistible, so with the determination of a fly exploring a corpse flower, off I went.
Interestingly, the spendiest plant I bought, was also the smallest. A double little green-flowering marvel – Anemonella thalictroides ‘Double Green’. It is destined for yet another fern table. Betty Blake is one of those dainty little things that will enjoy an elevated position in life, as life in the ground, battling it out with regular mortals, would no doubt be too much for her frail constitution. I gingerly propped her up in the box, and lodged between two larger, towering strangers, she made it to her destination, like a rush hour commuter on a sardine-packed train.
Once home, I realized that perhaps Betty wasn’t the smallest flower around, even though she is – by far – the most delicate. One of my favorite foliage plants, Comptonia peregrina, or Sweet Fern, is also blooming, with the most adorable, tiny little red tassels. Before the almost obscene abundance of the height of spring ensues, these diminutive residents of plant Whoville rule the roost.
UPDATE: A preventative apology in case it happens again this week – last Wednesday WordPress and Blogger weren’t talking, so I couldn’t reciprocate comments on anyone using Blogger. Tried again later, but still, it wouldn’t work. So, in case you don’t see a comment from me on your Vignette, please know that it’s not for lack of my trying. Fingers crossed! Or better – if you have any advice on what might fix this, please write it in the comments. Thanks!