Recent Aquisitions

Not a recent acquisition, but the Calandrinia is blooming fabulously right now:
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Armed with discount coupons, I made a few acquisitions, all of which--uh, almost all of which--are already planted in the ground.  How virtuous is that? Well, not so virtuous--I decided absolutely no new roses this year...
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...but succumbed.  'Snow Goose' for the empty arch, 'Munstead Wood' as a replacement for the ever-Rusting 'Matilda', and 'Princess Alexandra of Kent' for my nose--it is purported to be very, very fragrant.
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To replace a dying Dodonea, Pittosporum 'Ivory Sheen':
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The way in which the foliage sparkles in sunlight takes my breath away.  
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 I wanted to try a blueberry different from 'Sunshine Blue', and had an empty spot.  Here's 'Bountiful Blue':
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I made new bird/rat guards for the blueberry plants this year from scraps of fencing.  Making them from new material would have provided better looking guards, but wiser to recycle, yes?  There will be several very disappointed Mockingbirds hanging around the garden in about a month.  The plants don't look great.  They were in pots for years.  I hope they will be happier in the ground.  In pots, berry production was great, but the foliage always looked stressed. 
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Discount coupons increase impulse buys.  I have always loved Fuchsia 'Winston Churchill', and could not resist a plant.  It was also $2 off, plus the coupon.  I had the perfect spot for it after moving the variegated Hydrangea.  Oh that color combination:  upon it I dote.  
PhotobucketOf course it will end up with Fuchsia gall mite soon enough, but we can enjoy it for a bit, until then.
There was one plant I have not gotten in the ground yet, but it's an Echeveria, so that's okay.  E. 'Rosea', which looks like a hybrid of E. shaviana and E. affinis, maybe?  
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Another recent acquisition is growing rapidly:
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Comments

  1. You are the second person to show that echeveria. It is very confusing as there is already a plant called echeveria rosea which is a species. The one you show seems to be a new hybrid someone has given the same name to. It looks like a good plant, but wish they had used a different name!

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  2. @Spikey, yes, it's annoying and you are 100% right. 'Rosea' is not rosea. Someone should have known better!

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  3. Hi Hoov. I ordered 5 Austins early in March. I do not have room, so they are all potted waiting for others to leave. I ordered Munstead Wood, Princess Alex. of Kent, Tamora, Lady Emma H. and Carding Mill. My Carding Mill was missing half its bud union and LEH came with too few canes (only 2). DAR sent me replacement for them. Which rose is this one? My MW and PAK have at least 4 big canes on them.
    I wish you, your plants and pets good health and healthy does of rain.

    FJ from San Jose

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  4. @FJ, I like your list of Austin choices. Tamora in particular is an excellent rose. I got own-roots instead of grafteds, so they are much smaller. That one in the photo is PA of K. Thank you for the wish of rain! A fellow Californian knows: we need every drop!

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