The Collectors’ Plant Fair (or is it the Plant Collectors Fair? No, it’s the former) lured hoards of plant and garden lovers to Clarendon Race Course near Richmond on the weekend. There were 58 nurseries selling many of the plants I wish I could find at Bunnings or my local garden centre when the whim for something new takes me. Still, I was trying to avoid all whims on Saturday when I went to the fair, as my garden is looking a bit like an over-stocked closet – there are odd socks and the arms of jumpers hanging out all over the place, favourite treasures engulfed by chaos. So with restraint in mind, green bags left at home and limited cash in the wallet, I set out on what I assured myself was a fact-finding mission.
Here’s what I couldn’t resist:
Kalanchoe orygalis ‘Copper Spoons’, because how gorgeous are those scoops of copper, backed by pale grey felt. It will be happy in a pot, so no dramas with the overstocked garden.
Strobilanthes dierianus, otherwise known as Persian shield, because even though I have grown and killed one of these before, I am a sucker for that metallic silver and purple foliage. Something less desirable can abdicate to make room for this.
and then there was this vase of aloes from Aloe Aloe.
My restraint was challenged sorely, but I restricted myself to just one pot specimen to replace a slightly burnt bromeliad which will be happier elsewhere. I spent way too long considering my options then went with ‘Sparkler’ for the bright orange anthers that leap out of the green-streaked white and yellow flowers and which will catch the sun – if it ever shines in Sydney again. As you can see it was pouring when I potted it up, but those buds will burst with just a few days of sunshine.