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Rare Plant Fair

09 May 2010 20:20:27


I had a super day today at the Rare Plant Fair. It was wonderful to finally meet Deborah and Martin, who are even nicer in real life than on this site. I even got to see the famous trainers!

It was also great to catch up on others, who by now are becoming good friends.

After 4 hours at the Fair, I did manage to buy a plant or two and then I talked to Liga and she pointed me in the right direction for a few more I had missed : )

My loot is as follows...


Genus Species Variety Common Name
Actaea simplex atropurpurea cimifuga
Ligularia dentata Othello leopard plant
Dactylorhiza maculata Kilmarnock spotted marsh orchid
Sanguisorba menziesii   burnet
Romneya coulteri   poppy tree
Drosera capensis Alba sundew
Paulownia tomentosa   foxglove tree
Primula bulleyana   candelabra primula
Primula bulleyana   candelabra primula
Primula vialii littoniana Chinese Pagoda Primrose
Protea cynaroides King Protea sugarbush
Myosotidium Hortensia Kopukapuka Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not
Cardiocrinum giganteum   Himalayan lily
Lysichiton americanus   skunk cabbage


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 09 May 2010 20:22:59

I think we all got a skunk cabbage today. Ha ha. And wasnt that a stroke of luck that you managed to find your Romneya. Great to see you today. Pity it wasn't for longer. Maybe next time.

Rachel Rachel 09 May 2010 20:24:38

Yeah, I think the skunk cabbage was purchase no. 1 all round : )

Hopefully the next event won't be so far out.

fran m fran m 09 May 2010 20:33:51

Really putting the Database to great use, well done.

Russell Russell 09 May 2010 20:36:45

thats a nice selection, the skunk cabbage is a lovely plant, theres lots of good sized plants growing along a stream in fernhill, what nersery was selling it? woulndt mind one myself

Romneya Romneya 09 May 2010 20:40:59

I'm glad you got a Romneya, good luck with it, I feared mine was dead but I see little green shoots coming out of the base of it now.

Clara Clara 09 May 2010 20:41:54

Great day was had by you all and you got a lot,  hopefully will be seeing photos of them soon.

luvleahday luvleahday 09 May 2010 20:45:21

well done... hope they grow well in time...

Lìga Lìga 09 May 2010 20:46:44

It was very nice to meet you again Rachel!!!You got A Dactylorhiza?How i miss it..:( Ah,its nothing,it is not last fair.

Rachel Rachel 09 May 2010 20:55:11

Sorry, Rus. I don't know who was selling the skunk cabbage. It was actually quite hard to see some of the nursery names. Gismo got one too - maybe she can help.

Rachel Rachel 09 May 2010 20:57:20

Thanks, Romneya : ) Actually I got 3 plants that I have previously unsuccessfully tried to grow from seed - Cimifuga, Romneya & Sanguisorba. I'm glad yours made it through the winter.

Hoeys Hoeys 09 May 2010 20:59:30

this is some list Rachel, a pitty i missed it. maybe next year. can not wait to see your garden pictures with all these plants. well done

Rachel Rachel 09 May 2010 20:59:46

Thanks, everyone. I hope they grow well for me.

Liga, I got the the orchid from Deborah but I think it was the only one she had. I wanted to tell you about it but I couldn't remember the name. All I could remember was that I got a hardy orchid, beginning with D that wasn't Disa!

Mairin Mairin 09 May 2010 21:28:54

Rachel, those are nice plants.  Oh, to have a large garden......................

Bernie B Bernie B 09 May 2010 21:43:34

You say you bought a plant or two....understatement of the year I think!! Great selection well done.

Drumanagh Drumanagh 09 May 2010 21:59:03

Great to see you Rachel and sorry again that I left the lily-of-the-valley at home. Impressive haul you have there!

wayne wayne 09 May 2010 22:12:46

Your carnivorous plant collection has a new member, a very sticky one at that. I have had a look at some uk sites that sell carnivorous plants and I am thinking of ordering a pinguicula grandiflora (european butterworth). They are fully hardy and grow here in ireland in bogs and marsh area's. Some sundew's are also on the cards. You got a nice few bits today Rachel.

Lìga Lìga 09 May 2010 22:21:05

Thats ok,maybe next time,thanks for showing me Romneya:)

MartinB MartinB 09 May 2010 22:54:31

Lovely to meet you Rachel

Rachel Rachel 09 May 2010 22:57:06

You know, Martin, you look quite severe in your profile picture and you don't come across like that in real life (or your chat on here)!

Myrtle Myrtle 10 May 2010 10:51:47

Sorry I didnt get there in time to meet you Rachel, I see you didnt buy much!!!!!!

Rachel Rachel 10 May 2010 17:15:33

Thanks, everyone. I am very excited about my purchases actually.

Wayne, I see you as our carnivorous plant expert in a year or two : )

HeadGardener HeadGardener 11 May 2010 00:31:43

Nice stash there Rachel were'nt all your friends ahem..... generous!!! just put up my list, how did you get the nice neat lines into the journal did you copy and paste your database? Wont get over to Lindas tomorrow by the way sorry, in to see my sister all day. Russ, John Doorly of Irish Water Plants sell the Lyshichton americanus as I bought from him two years ago, he's normally at bloom and other shows.

Gismo1981 Gismo1981 12 May 2010 14:24:51

nice choice of plants :O), dont fancy the digging bit though. The foxglove tree is one on my list to get ......


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