Rare Plants & Rare Crack
08 May 2011 21:30:50
I had a wonderful day meeting the gang again at the Rare Plant Sale in Birr.
I was there when the gates opened at 10:00 and soon met up with Kristina, who was ahead of me in the queue. First port of call was the Terra Nova stall.
Before long the usual suspects started drifting in - Fran, keeping his beady eye on everything and making meticulous mental notes, Jacinta, gesumping me on the best plants and Liga, correcting me on the difference between kiwi and Chinese gooseberry. We all know the form by now :D
We all seemed to congregate intuitively around the Terra Nova stand, generally being raucous and obstructing poor Deborah and Martin's business. I hope we didn't scare too many customers away!
Over coffee, it seemed that hostas were all the rage. But while Ingrida's was called 'A Touch of Class', the one I'd bought was 'Striptease'. Do you think there's a hidden meaning there?
I bought lots of plants and I'm not going to embarrass myself by listing them on here. Notable purchases were arisaemas, variegated horseradish (to be used as an ornamental), Celmisia and Ferula communis.
The day was blustery with showers but the main drawback, as far as I was concerned, was the distance to the car park. I spent a lot of time to-ing and fro-ing and waiting in the car park and so completely missed Hazel at the end. Hazel, I have some bits for you, including the Persicaria cuttings and I will keep them safe until our next meeting.
But a great day, all in all :D
Photo, left to right : Orchid, Ingrida, Yellow Rose, Violeta, me, Deborah, Keego, Jacinta, Martin, Fran, Cloncaw, Liga.