Went to the Mount Cootha Auditorium to look at some rare plants and happened upon Susan's mate Jerry.
We had a nice morning with Dianne and Graham, and Dianne purchased a lovely butterfly Clerodendrun.
Realising that I am not too good in crowds, I stepped through the front door said hello to Jerry and bought a Citrange and an Odontonema pink Firestrike.
Then I found a plant named Stachytarpheta cayannensis, which I bought for my native bees.
Then went on to buy 3 salvias, one was Cupi Doll, and the other two plants were nameless, no tags but $6 each. There was another bee plant named Aster Easter Daisy and a yellow form of aster.
Most non-edible purchases these days are for nectar and pollen for our stingless bees. It was a good place to buy unusual collectors plants with different colours and variegated leaves.
Did anyone else visit the Rare Plants fair?
Thank you for your report, Christa. It's good to hear about these other events.
I didn't even know it was on. I suspect there is a few of us who are not too good in crowds. People seem surprised when I make that confession but I can live big "on line" but not so much in "real life."
Well now, what else was I going to do with my morning :). A friend of mine just moved up from Sydney and was interested in Australian natives so I dragged her along as well and had a wonderful catch up after. I desperately wanted the blue hippeastrum worsleya procera And managed to get one. I also found a gorgeous peach version of a ground orchid and a new variety of raspberry “Japanese mountain raspberry” that I just had to buy. Now I need to figure out where to plant them and hopefully won’t kill them.
You lucky duck, that "blue amaryllis" is quite choice. The Japanese Mountain raspberry sounds like a good plant, is it Rubus phoenicolasius.
Keep happy and keep gardening.
Sounds like you lovely ladies had a great day, what did you buy me ? Lol it's a pity the herb awareness was on the weekend as well. I was busy displaying my wares
Yes we did have a good time at the Fair but my favourite part of the day would have to been the Lunch with Christa and Ian at an Austrian Cafe/Restaurant at Sinnamon Village.