2007, 2006, 2005 (I wasn't blogging in 2005)
But we did good this year, first off we arrived at 8:22 a.m. and managed to find a good parking spot. We only had to wait in the long line for about 5 minutes before they piled us in to the cavernous warehouse where twigs masquerading as bushes and trees awaited us.
This year I won the Native Plant Photo contest through the park district -- yeah me --which got me a $10 gift certificate at the plant sale. I wanted to use the money for a shrubbery which go for $10 for a 3-gal pot. My winning photo is here.
So we headed to the tree/shrub area to battle the hoards running in and out of the rows of shrubs and trees. There were three shrubs I was eyeing: the maple-leaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), a blue-fruited dogwood (Cornus obliqua), or a spicebush. We ended up taking the spicebush (Lindera benzoin) -- I hope that was a good pick?
Next up: Shade perennials. My goal was to snag a Jack-in-Pulpit (Arisaema tiphyllum), every year those suckers fly off the table like they had their own wings. By the time I got there -- 8:37 a.m. 7 minutes after the doors opened -- there were only 3 left and I got one! I also picked up some other shade lovers I don't have yet:
- Black Cohosh ( Actaea racemosa)
- Blue-stemmed Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
- Large white Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
- Red Trillium (Trillium recurvatum)
- Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum bifloru)
- Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)
**And I want to shout out a "thank you" and an "I'm so sorry" to McGregor's Daughter who not only properly ID'd what I thought was a blue cohosh (mislabeling at the plant sale) as a Celandine Poppy, but also waited for me at the Arboretum but I was unfortunately held up and arrived late.
Yesterday was when we all picked up our pre-ordered plants from the Morton Arboretum. That was a well-ordered machine at 11:30 when I was there, with super nice volunteers. I picked up my pagoda dogwood, pinky winky panicle hydrangea, siberian bugloss, masterwort, and one volunteer even gave me a freebie (a small Sea Foam ruptorwort Herniaria glabra 'Sea Foam') that no one wanted because it was tiny.
So I have a plethora of plants to get planting after may 10 -- and after the frost that I hear is coming our way...