There is a place for a gardener to go when they have seen a new to them plant in a book, magazine, blog or real life garden and that plant is so obscure that a search of the almighty google only turns up one mention of it at one source. They must go to that source, of course.
And that source is often the home to more plants than anyone could possibly grow or know except for them, as is the case with Arrowhead Alpines. Because I love a good hunt and will go through several pages of google listings to find The One Place offering what I am looking for, that I can trust, from which to purchase said treasure, I have placed orders before from Arrowhead Alpines. I have bought specimens and collections from this fine outfit, and have been more than happy with the plants they have sent. Often this was the only US nursery offering what I was looking for at the time, as was the case with the Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Tanna’, shown above.
So it was when my friend Carol of May Dreams Gardens had a giveaway offer on her blog recently from this very same company, I jumped at the chance to win. And win, I did. Also fun was that the person sending the plants, representing Arrowhead Alpines was none other than my buddy, Joseph of Greensparrow Gardens. The prize was a collection of plants meant to be grown in a very small trough, in fact the name of the collection is Trough Garden Collection very small.
It just so happened that I have such a trough, just the right size, that was not planted to my vision. The above shot shows the offending plantings have been cleaned out, the soil replenished and the evergreen conifer from the collection already installed. The green glass ball is a remnant from a broken pond float.
This was such a fortuitous win, and the trough is now happy with the brand new, itty bitty residents. Included are: Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Treasure Island’, Dianthus ‘Mini Mound’, Aster lichengensis, Veronica liewanensis and Sedum sempervivoides.
There were a couple of Sempervivums from a collection I had ordered a couple of years ago from yes, Arrowhead Alpines, the Sempervivum named forms collection, added to this little trough, as well. Sort of a welcome gift to the new plants. We hope you will be happy here at the Fairegarden. We will try our best to make you feel at home.