Spring is nearly here and the season of garden shows is fast approaching. Many of us, and I include myself here, see such shows as an opportunity to purchase a new plant or two. Whether they are sought after or impulsive buys is another matter entirely.
If you're anything like me you would have already experienced the "child in a sweet shop" moment when in a plant induced stupor you completely lose sight of what it is that you set out to buy. The vast array of plants, colours, smells, and people have often all contributed to me leaving such a place with much more than intended and a lot of things I didn't really want or need, although in the moment this was not apparent.
This year I'm approaching it from a different angle. I'm going to create a wish-list of plants and then seek them out while at shows and nurseries. Anyone who spots me buying something that's not on the list will get a prize and believe me there's every chance this will happen.
The "live" list below shows some of the plants I'm hoping to find.
Adonis amurensis 'Fukujukai'
Begonia rex 'Escargot'
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Heronswood Globe'
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Gnome'
Dichpogon fimbriatus (Chocolate Lily)
Iris foetidissima 'Citrina'
Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)
Mentha x piperita f. citrata (Eau de Cologne)
Mentha x piperita f. citrata 'Chocolate' (Chocolate Mint)
Narcissus bulbocodium 'Pallidus'
Oxalis tuberosa (Oca)
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Boule' (Rosemary, prostrate form)
Salvia Elegans (Tangerine Sage)
Sarcococca confusa (Christmas Box)
Ugni molinae (Chilean Guava)