woo hoo! that was awesome!!
It's official: We're hooked :)
Mom and I had such a great time today! It was so nice to get to meet everyone and put faces with names.
Jeff, you were right: What a wonderful group of people! I met some of the nicest folks today. It was so cool to spend time hanging out with people who all share your same interest.
I am absolutely bowled-over-thrilled with the plants I came home with! I managed to get a couple of things in before the rain started :) Those of you who saw me fondling the Thornbird Iris will know that was in the ground as soon as the car stopped rolling. :P I have been hot and heavy after that Iris since I saw it blooming at Ellington. I could not BELIEVE MY EYES when I saw it at Pat's table!
Thanks so much to all of you for a great swap, and treating a newcomer so nicely. :) Here's what I came home with:
From April: Walker's Low Catmint and BONUS Six Hills Giant! They look so awesome, April. Thank you so much! I am planning a row of herbs for in front of the foundation bushes. These are just exactly what I needed! April also traded me one of her famous aromatic asters, which I cannot wait to see in bloom! This will go in the new perennial garden :)
From Evelyn: A purple creeping verbena and a purple aster, both for the perennial garden. The purple verbena is just the perfect color! I have been looking for both of these too. Thanks Evelyn! That wagon is the way to go, I think. Might have to copy that. :)
From Marianne: A huge purple spiderwort. I am so happy to get this. I had one at the other house, and it was one of my favorite things. I have a place of honor picked out beside the house where I pull the car in. Also a nice collection of sedums, some of which are already in the ground. I put the ones that look like fingers right in front of the mailbox, where they will make a nice little fingerlike clump. Thanks Marianne!
From Pat: The much-coveted and highly-treasured Thornbird Iris. Pat also gave me two other irises called Green P____? Green Pride? I forgot the name! I loved them in the picture. I have googled and googled and can't figure out what their name is, though. Thanks Pat! You are so sweet!
From Debbie: A beautiful little Lemon Thyme, which will go right by the front porch as part of the herb border. Thanks Debbie!
From ?: I am so terrible with names! She was sweet and blonde with big light blue eyes. A very beautiful unnamed iris that is variegated deep purple and white, with some gold on it. This one is for Kevin - he wanted an iris like this after we visited Ellington. I think it might be a nice compliment to Thornbird. She also gave Mom and I a couple of very unique bushes, Phygelius Rectus, which I am about to have fun googling. :)
And from Jeff: A purple bee balm for the new perennial garden. :) It sounds like I may need to build a corral around it! I have always wanted to try one of these, but I never see the purple. Thanks Jeff!
What a whirlwind morning! Thanks for a wonderful time. I'm already trying to think of what I will bring in the fall. :)
PS Jeff, I still have another iris for you that I didn't dig. Can I get a free tour of Cheapwood if I bring it over? Also - Lavonne is ADORABLE!