31 May 2008

okay, last order of the year

I couldn’t help myself. Bluestone Perennials is having its half-price sale (it ends tomorrow night, 1 June), so I was able to score some amazing deals on a bunch of plants. I wanted to plant some more astilbes in the shady area under the lilacs, and I REALLY wanted a Gaillardia “Oranges & Lemons” after salivating over the plants I gave to Alan, and the hellebores were on sale, and maybe a couple varieties of goldenrod would be kind of neat, since I’m sort of creating a goldenrod niche, and besides, the Brits are enamored with our goldenrod, and they know what they’re talking about, so maybe I should be more enamored of the genus Solidago, too.

Well, you get the idea. Then I decided I wanted to try a few more asters for the fall, so a day after I typed in my order on Bluestone’s Web site, I called and added two varieties of aster to the list.

This is what it feels like to eat too much candy. On the other hand, there certainly are worse ways to spend money, and—get out!—they were HALF PRICE!

So this is what I’m going to receive in the mail next week. Ready or not:
  • Anemone tomentosa “Robustissima” (definitely hardy to Zone 4, whereas the other two I bought a few weeks back may or may not be)
  • Aster novae-angliae “Hella Lacey” (if I remember correctly, garden writer Allen Lacey discovered this variety growing in his neighborhood in New Jersey and named it for his wife; I’ve been wanting to have this in the garden since I read that in, I think, his The Garden in Autumn—great book, by the way)
  • Aster novi-belgii “Alert”
  • Aster oblongifolius “October Skies” (both this and “Alert” are short, between 12" and 18"; “October Skies” is apparently a fine blue, and “Alert” is brick red; think I’ll plant them down under the ancient maple near the road, which gets a lot of sun, surprisingly enough)
  • Astilbe “Peach Blossom” (tolerant of dry conditions; medium height)
  • Astilbe “Spinell” (tall and red)
  • Gaillardia “Oranges & Lemons”
  • Helleborus orientalis hybrid (again, love ’em, why shouldn’t I try to grow ’em?)
  • Panicum virgatum “Shenandoah” (in celebration of my mom)
  • Solidago rugosa “Fireworks”
  • Solidago virgaurea “Peter Pan”
Gracious. All listed out like that. I’ll have a ton of planting to do next weekend.

I hope!

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