The American Hosta Society 2007 National Convention is in town this week.
The vendor sales area is open to the general public.
So I went.
My goal was to get two new miniature hostas for my miniature garden.
I fell short of my goal and only got one miniature hosta, Hosta venusta. It's a species hosta and fairly inexpensive, compared to some of the hostas there.
I've always admired gardeners who focus in on one genus or group of plants, and I found myself in a room full of them earlier this afternoon. As one woman said, they think of the plant world as consisting of hostas and companion plants for hostas. Or something like that.
Do you feel sorry for me, being in a big room full of people selling every size and shape and color of hosta (and companion plants) and only ending up with one miniature hosta?
I have no one to blame but myself. But my excuse is that I got distracted by a few other plants.
These are all the plants I purchased at the sale.
Hosta 'Praying Hands' - It has these skinny upright leaves with just the tiniest bit of a white margin on the leaves. The pot has two "eyes" so I think I can divide it into two plants.
Hosta 'Tea and Crumpets' - It was sitting next to the 'Praying Hands' and I loved the name of it and the little round spoon-like leaves with creamy yellow margins.
Heuchera 'Petite Lime Sherbet' - Such pretty pale leaves, who could resist?
Tricyrtis hirta 'Lightning Strike' - A new toad lily for my new toad. This has such pretty leaves with just a hint of a swirl of green variegation in them.
Aruncus aethusifolius - Dwarf Goatsbeard. I also bought a miniature arbor to put in my miniature garden and the lovely lady selling me all these plants convinced me this would look great on one side of the arbor.
And then, I saw this trough container made of hypertufa.
Who could resist this? I love my miniature garden, but it is mostly in the shade. With my new trough, I can have some sun loving miniature plants! My new gardening best friend, at the booth selling these, was sooooo helpful in assisting me in finding just the right plants to put in this. So I also ended up with...
Spiraea japonica 'Golden Elf' - A little miniature spirea that only gets six inches tall!
Sedum rubrotinctum 'Mini Me' - Won't a little dwarf sedum look great around the edges?
Leptinella squalida "Pratt's Black' - I love the dark reddish color of the little tiny fern like leaves.
Ophiopogon japonicus 'Pygmaeus' - Dwarf Mondo Grass - These almost black leaves will be a great contrast to the light color of the spirea.
And a special little garden statue.
Once I have everything planted and arranged, I'll post about the miniature garden ornaments I purchased, including the little statue, the miniature arbor, a miniature bird bath and a miniature bench. (That's a whole lot of miniature in one sentence!)
Since I only bought one miniature hosta, I'm tempted to go back, but I won't. There are too many other things going on and I don't have the time. My new gardening best friend at the booth with all the miniature plants and garden ornaments will just have to get through the rest of the week without me.