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Don’t go to the store without a list

In an attempt to banish the post wedding doldrums, we took a trip to Port Townsend and of course, ended up at Far Reaches Farm, a nearby mecca of sorts for plant collectors.  With a sunny display border, a lath shade house, a new bog garden, and tables and houses full of unusual plants for sale – what’s not to be cheerful about?

Of course, I always succumb to a plant purchase.  This time it was Garrya.  I am collecting native and native-seeming plants for a hedgerow along our road (see post from May 18) and actually was looking for hardier Garry x issaquahhensis, but who could resist this very funny plant tag?

“Garry elliptica ‘James Roof’ is a man among boys when you are talking west coast Silktassels.  This is a well-hung male cultivar (they have the longest appendages) with tassels that dangle nearly a foot in length producing catkin-envy in the garden.”  Some sources indicate it is hardy to zone 7, some say it will get winter burn in single digit weather.  I need to be better about sticking to my list.

I believe the nursery is now on summer hiatus, but check the website for area plant sales they might be attending.

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