Last weekend I finally took advantage of a dry, non-freezing day to do some gardening. Some Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' came into work from someones yard, and after dividing and potting up most of the mass, there were some awkward odds and ends left over for me to take home. These bare-root bits of dogwood needed planting sooner rather than later, thus galvanizing me into action. Some went along the edge of the woods below the drainage field, an area I'm working on planting with mostly natives such as Ribes sanguineum, Lonicera involucrata, and Oemleria cerasiformis. The dogwood, though not native, will add some welcome fall and winter color. Other pieces of dogwood went in a spot near one of the new faucets, and still others went in along two sections of the dry creek bed that I'd been wondering what to do with. The dogwoods provided the necessary starting point for inspiration. However, I was so focused on planting that I didn't take any pictures. There's not much to see yet anyway, just a few scrawny twigs in the ground. I'll post some pictures once I fill in some of the areas with other plants.
So instead, here are some pictures of the plants I acquired last week at the Portland Nursery houseplant sale. First, though, some things that caught my eye, but were left behind:
|Alpinia luteocarpa, gracefully holding dark green leaves with wine-red reverses. This is one of those plants I couldn't get into focus with my phone no matter how I tried.|
|It was hard to walk away from these Neoregelia 'Guacamole'. I'm actually not sure why I did. I have several other Neoregelias, but none of them have the same colors or patterning.|
|This aloe (or Gasteraloe?) was very interesting. I'd never seen one with linear stripes like this. But while I found it interesting, I didn't actually find it that attractive, so it, too, was left behind.|
There were many gorgeous sansevierias in 3 gallon pots, but at $50, they were too expensive (and too large) even at 30% off. So, what did I bring home?
Sansevieria trifasciata 'Silver Queen', one of the few sansevierias that wasn't in a 3 gallon container.
Since pots were included in the sale, I picked up a few of those as well, not specifically to match them with the plants I was buying. But this shallow, green hyacinth bowl did seem to fit 'Silver Queen', so I potted it up
I like it much better out of that plastic nursery pot.
I also picked up a Chamaedorea metallica, with metallic blue-green leaves like fish tails (or forked tongues).
I ended up pairing it with this charcoal-colored container with dragonflies and bright green leaves, which I got for 50% off because of a couple small chips the cashier noticed that I hadn't even seen. Such a nice person!
I didn't see the large Ludisia discolor that were there on previous visits, but these smaller plants were more affordable anyway. A good cleaning will remove those hard water spots and the leaves will be beautiful. I know, I passed on the other orchid because I worried about the care requirements. Ludisia doesn't have any tricky resting period in which the plant loses appeal, and it has very thick stems that make it drought-tolerant, though it does require good humidity.
I couldn't resist the stunning silver leaves of Philodendron 'Silver Sword'. This is a very young plant. The leaves get much bigger (and a bit more sword-like) as the plant matures.
On the 50% off table at the Division St. location, I found a selection of warm-growing Cymbidium hybrids and couldn't resist picking one out. Cymbidium Valerie Absolonova has yellow flowers with red speckling on the petals and more heavily on the lip. These small, warm-growing Cymbidiums have some of the best-smelling flowers, and I've been wanting one for awhile.
A new T. caput-medusae, since I lost both of mine, even my favorite purple-leaved form. I'll be on the hunt for a new one of those as soon as possible.
My favorite is this bright green one with a dark black/purple center. I think I actually found the ID for this one, but I've already forgotten.
I'm tempted to return, at least to the Stark St. location. There were several things I passed by there because I was holding back until I went to Division St, though I hardly need more houseplants.