Last weekend we stopped by Morningsun Herb Farm in nearby Vacaville to meet their new burros. I didn’t have a camera along so I couldn’t take photos of the beasts but if you want to see what they look like, head over to Morningsun’s Facebook page. (Other nurseries take note: Animals are a great draw, especially for families with kids.)
As luck would have it, all plants were 50% off. Before I knew it, we had a wagon full of 4-inch perennials. I have no idea where to put them, but they will go in the ground this Saturday.
New plant purchases (we also bought four 6-packs of winter vegetables)
LEFT: Variegated Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha ‘Variegata’)
RIGHT: Limelight Mexican sage (Salvia mexicana ‘Limelight’)
Tasmanian Tiger spurge (Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’)
White sage (Salvia apiana)
Elvira red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria ‘Elvira’)
Below is a list of all the plants we got. I should add that this list is as much a record for myself as it is for curious fellow gardeners.
- Apricot Sprite hyssop (Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’)
- African rosemary (Eriocephalus africanus)
- Tasmanian Tiger spurge (Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’)
- Passionate Rainbow Petite gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Rainbow Petite’)
- Elvira red hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria ‘Elvira’)
- Edelweiss English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Edelweiss’)
- Miss Katherine English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Miss Katherine’)
- Amazon Sunset parrot’s beak (Lotus maculatus ‘Amazon Sunset’)
- Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata)
- Blue Eyed Susan passionflower (Passiflora × ‘Blue Eyed Susan’)
- Indigo Spires sage (Salvia × ‘Indigo Spires’)
- White sage (Salvia apiana)
- Electric blue sage (Salvia chamaedryoides)
- Variegated Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha ‘Variegata’)
- Limelight Mexican sage (Salvia mexicana ‘Limelight’)
- Byron’s Mexican sage (Salvia mexicana × hispanica ’Byron Flynt’)
- Newleaze Coral globe mallow (Sphaeralcea ‘Newleaze Coral’)
I’m excited about the variegated Mexican bush sage. I must admit I’ve felt guilty about removing our regular non-variegated specimen two months ago. I’m glad I have a replacement now. The variegation is subtle but I’m hoping it will result in a smaller plant overall.
Newleaze Coral globe mallow is another plant I have high hopes for. Check out these photos on PlantLust.com.
But the plant I’m most thrilled to own is Passiflora × ‘Blue Eyed Susan’. The flowers of this passion vine are 4 inches across and jaw-droppingly beautiful. Check out this photo on PlantLust.com.
I don’t think I’ve ever bought so many plants so late in the season. Since our winters are relatively mild, our planting season never really ends.