When I see the words 'Rare Plant Sale' my heart skips a beat, my palms get sweaty and my adrenaline is pumping. I am aware of how strange that sounds but I'm just being honest.
Today was no exception.
I was hoping to pick up some unnamed beauty from some far flung corner of the world. Maybe a long lost treasure that has recently been rediscovered and propagated in small numbers. But it was not to be. Apparently the words 'Rare Plant Sale' now actually mean 'Not everything here will be at your local garden centre but in fact most are commercially available in large numbers if you look hard enough'. It doesn't quite live up to the brief but I guess it dragged me in and when it comes to any kind of plant sale I'm like a kid in a sweet shop. Eyes on stalks and wallet wide open.
I bought Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum' (above) which I have been after for a little while. It's a good strong looking plant and is great for beneficial insects.
Right is my impulse buy, Dodecatheon jeffreyi 'Sierra Shootingstar'. I have been debating with myself, out loud in private and in my head, whether or not to buy one and in my frenzy I gave in. It was cheap and I couldn't resist.
And a good day was had by all!
The initial picture above is of a great unkown Azalea next to a mossy Silver Birch.