September 9, 2012

Plant Collectors - Order These Now, or Wait Another Ten Years

Attention Plant Collectors - You can thank me later, but order these now if you can - since I have already arranged for most of these plants in my fall orders, I thought that I might share my discoveries with some of you too, in case you are looking to fill some gaps in your collections. As many of these plants are only available for a few weeks either while dormant, or while supplies last, I bid you Godspeed. Of course, this fine Agapanthus remains elusive, but I list it anyway.

A Bi-Colored Agapanthus - Agapanthus 'Queen Mum' PMN06

A Bi-colored Agapanthus - still out of reach for us here in the states, but it is in our near future - if anyone can help me get one, let me know. Bred and introduced by the Australian nursery Pine Mountain Nursery, I am still waiting for this beauty to be available here in the states.  I list it only as an FYI and to keep it on your radar.

Unusual Selections of Lachenalia aloides? Get them now.

In particular L.aloides var. bicolor, and 
L. aloides var. lutea 

Lachenalia are a passion of mine, and finally, some of the more unusual selections and species of the Lachenalia aloides group are currently available from, of all places, Nerines.com - the site that sells the choice, but costly, Nerine sarniensis collections from the world's most notable grower, Nick de Rothchild ( yeah, that deRothchild).  

Sure, we more serious collectors grow L. aloides var. quadracolor, but Nick has L. aloides var. lutea for sale, as well as L. aloides var. bicolor and L. aloides  'Pearsonii'  and 'Nelsonii', and he even has L. aloides var. Vanzyliae.  He also has an impressive collection of 120 other species of Lachenial besides the aloides group, but hurry. You probobly don't have much time to order, but since I now have mine, I will own-up, and share my 'secret source' for some of these harder-to-find varieties.

 Check out Lachenalia aloides at Nerines.com. The deRothchild's are in the UK, but they ship bulb to the US - I order every year and I have been very pleased with the service. As I said, the Nerine are costly, but the don't come any better than this, so one cannot grumble about cost, when there is only one source in the world. That said, the Lachenlia are very inexpensive, at $2.00 - $4.00 per bulb, plus shipping.

Rhododendron 'Cinnkeys' 

Finally, I have it! This plant is what started all of this sharing of hard-to-find plants post idea. Friday, I recieved an email from Singing Tree Nursery, who I have been hounding for two years now - begging, actually, to let me know anything about this plant. Finally, out of the blue, I got the email last Friday - they have it, and, they are only $19.95! I will have to grow this Rhody in a pot in the greenhouse here in New England, but if you live in Oregon or Northern California, you are in luck. Then again, you can probably find this gem in every Home Depot out there, right? Well, you can get one right now from Singing Tree.

Rhododendron 'Cinnkey's' is always in demand, so it is always scarce. A cross between R. cinnabarinum and R. keysii, it has waxy orange and gold bells. Get one now while they last, but be sure that you can grow it where you live, these are too precious to waste unless you are certain that you can provide the proper conditions. If you can grow Vireya's, then most likely you can grow 'Cinnkey's' - I assume Northern California to certain parts of B.C.

Peony Golden 'Angel' A Yellow Variegated Peony

Autumn is peony planting season, so what can be more perfect than a peony that offers more interest and color beyond the one week that peonies are in bloom? OK - at $125 this is not for everyone, but it is on my wish list ( not sure I will be able to order one this fall, but since I cannot order it in the spring, I may have to give in and forego lunches for a few weeks.  Get it now at Songsparrow Nursery.


  1. Oh for sure! I've seen those Rhododendrons at Home Depot out here in Oregon 50 or 60 times, yawn....

    (actually I think our big box stores are just as pathetic as the rest of the countries' if not more so)

  2. Oh Danger Garden, you make me laugh! Of course, we in the East like to dream about your nurseries full of treasures ( which they area). I have so much family in the Vancouver, WA area, that I should relocate there, if only to garden.

  3. Why do all(almost all) the best plants go to Britain before the States get them. I get so sick of it! Sometimes we never see them here.

  4. Val, I used to this this too, but we host many well known British garden authorities at our home while on speak tours, and I was so surprised to hear the same complaint from them. Most complain that here in the US, that we have access to far more plant material that is interesting than they do. It's hard for me to see that from my perspective, since I prefer alpines and rare bulbs, and the UK seems to have the market on that, but for perennials, others may feel otherwise. That said, this Agapanthus is only available in Australia, so I am not sure what specific plant you were referring to.

  5. Love that Rhododendron 'Cinnkeys'--off to my Home Depot to pick up a few!


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