|Plants I took to the swap|
I mentioned before that I usually come home with a lot of plants - that used to be the case in the beginning, but not so much now. I have to say I'm more particular these days. This swap I had specific plants I was looking for - ferns, hostas and anything else for a shade garden, ajuga and other groundcovers, and possibly some hardy succulents. I didn't find much of anything matching that description at the swap. I saw maybe five ferns, a few pots of ajuga, a few hostas and five or six fairly large hardy succulents. After perusing the several hundred plants, I decided my must-have first plant was the Agave attenuata, a hardy succulent with variegated leaves - it would be a good addition to my desert garden. (I didn't want to be greedy, but there was another hardy succulent next to the one I had claimed, that I was planning to get next if no one did, but, alas, someone did!) My next plant was going to be a hosta, but they were all gone, so I got some ajuga. During the third round I got the last, sad-looking holly fern. After three or four rounds, we got to grab two plants, so I started getting pots of this Japanese herb that Scott and Fred brought. I'll use it as a groundcover like the ajuga.
By this point I was at a loss for what I wanted. On more than one occasion, I would survey the remaining plants, identify my first choice, and when Darren gave the signal, I couldn't find the plant. Obviously someone beat me to it. I picked up a few more plants, but I didn't take all the leftovers like I once would have.
|Plants I brought home from the swap|