I spent a wonderful day yesterday in Margaret Roach’s garden along with a crowd of other interesting bloggers and associates of Margaret’s. I am sure I am not alone in the feeling of inadequacy that I held as I left. Here’s hoping that someday my garden might be as beautiful as hers.
But after the visit, we headed out to Loomis Creek Nursery, which is my new favorite place for Zone 5 plant inspiration. Even though they are hours away, I plan to use their website as a source for plant ideas that I don’t get from so many nurseries in my neck of the woods. As I strolled around, I took pictures of things I liked with the hopes that I would be able to come home and find it in the wholesale catalog of a local supplier…no joy…not even on one plant. Wholesale landscape supply companies simply cannot be relied upon for interesting varieties.
image from Gilson Gardens
Thankfully though I allowed myself to buy a couple things. Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’ is a plant I specified at a clients property last year, but ultimately had to substitute because I couldn’t find a source for it. Well now I have one for my own garden…but researching it this morning, I learned that it can be very short lived and root cuttings are the way to keep going. Plus, I only bought one — breaking my own cardinal rule of never buying less than three of anything….so I am challenged to figure out a new horty technique (at least for me) — and give root cuttings a try… have you done this? I could use some ‘been there done that kind’ of advice.
image from Ogrody.
What else did I buy?…well, I got myself a new Muehelbeckia…Zone 9 – but it will be happy on my kitchen window. I will look enjoy it and it will remind me of my London days. And I also got a big chunk of Miscanthus ‘Giganteus’. It will reach heights of up to 12 ft and interestingly it is a species that is currently being studied for biomass energy production. My children, husband (and admittedly me too) are all a little fascinated with large plants…so this will be the next in our collection of oversized garden items….