Rhody’s Roady is a topic that I wanted to brag about a while ago, but postponed because of Brent’s pointless pictures. Now, there are other more interesting subjects. Well, it was not exactly a horticultural topic anyway. Rhody’s Roady is merely his Buick Roadmaster. It is not actually described within the context of this Six on Saturday, and is only slightly visible in the first picture. However, it did take us on a road trip to the Pacific Northwest where we finally got to Tangly Cottage Gardening. I was supposed to deliver some canna there months ago! Half of these pictures show gifts that I received while there, including two very important items taken directly from their landscapes in town!

1. Cedar Lodge, surrounded by various cedars, pines, firs and oaks, is where Rhody and I stayed initially. Rhody is to the lower left of this picture. His Roady is to the lower right.

2. Western white pine and incense cedar seedlings were too compelling to ignore. These eventually would have needed to be grubbed out from a roadside berm, so came with us.

3. Ilwaco, in Washington, was our next destination. Tangly Cottage Gardening presented me with this potted ‘Coral and Hardy’ Watsonia, and the bagged red and orange cultivar.

4. Allium christophii and schubertii, which were grown for plant sales, were gifts as well! These are my first Alliums! I had postponed trying any for too long, so this is fortuitous!

5. White grape hyacinth may look like the dinkiest component of these gifts from Tangly Cottage Gardening, but happen to be something that I had been wanting for a long time!

6. Nickel the kitty reminded me that I should have taken more pictures. I met both Fairy and Skooter but somehow neglected to get pictures! More can be seen at Tangly Cottage.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate: https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/


21 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Rhody’s Roady

    1. YES! Very much so! Most of my plants have been with me for most of my life, and have the history to go with them. The white grape hyacinth may be one of my favorites because of the source. I had been wanting them anyway, but did not want to violate my rule of not purchasing items that lack history. (I could justify the purchase the ‘Johnnie Ellis’ dahlia, if it were available, because of its history.) I know that this grape hyacinth is nothing special in the real World, but because it came from one of Tangly Cottage Gardening’s public landscapes in Ilwaco (!) it will be very special in my garden. It is Skooter Approved! The red with orange watsonia also came right out of one of the landscapes, so, if I ever find a white watsonia, it will not likely be as important in my garden. ‘Coral and Hardy’ watsonia and the two Alliums did not come out of the landscapes, but came from the same source.

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  1. I agree with Shoreacres completely. I love plants gifted by other gardeners. They remind me of those gardening friends. Even plants that I acquire on gardening “road trips ” are special. I have a begonia grandis alba (wow, spell check hates that one!) from one of my earliest garden writers trips. I treasure it.

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    1. Of course! I have a rule against purchasing plants without history. There are very few plants that I will actually buy from nurseries. I only purchase those that I want for utilitarian applications, but do not have a source for, such as some of the fruit trees. Most plants at home came from someone or somewhere, and many have been with me since I was very young. I got my rhubarb from my paternal paternal great grandfather before I was in kindergarten. I got one of my iris from my maternal maternal great grandmother at about the same time. I grew many things from seed that I brought from Oklahoma. These few perennials here are my first from Ilwaco, and some came from Tangly Cottage Gardening’s public landscapes in town!


    1. Yes! Alliums (which I had been wanting to try, but postponing), watsonias (which I already know I like) and white grape hyacinth (which I had been wanting for a long time, but would not purchase).


    1. I am hoping that they are reliably perennial in our mild climate. Some bulbs are, although some require more chill to bloom and perform. I am concerned that I have never seen these sorts of alliums perform in our region before. I see them only in pictures from other regions. I know that the grape hyacinth will be happy. The common blue sorts can actually be aggressive.


    1. It is gratifying that they went to a good home. The Australia canna had been a bit prolific, and then needed to be partially removed for some repair work. Enough of it remains, but not too much. I figured that since you like the other cannas, that you would also like the rich bronze foliage of ‘Australia’. The other, which I believe to be Canna musifolia, sort of gets ignored in our landscapes. I thought that some of it, which needed to be removed anyway, would be happier where it gets appreciated. All the other material was surplus. I try to give some of it to the neighbors, but can not find homes for all of it.

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      1. That is sort of what I was hoping for when I canned them. I needed to remove them from where they were, but did not want to discard them. I hoped that they would eventually find a good home. I know that they are not in the best condition, but you know how quickly they can recover.

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    1. My primary common grape hyacinth was acquired just last year. It lived at my parents home, and I tried for many years to get rid of it, before realizing that I sort of liked a bit of it. By that time, there was very little left, and it promptly died. I thought that I would never see it again, but a bulb or a few bulbs survived and slowly multiplied. I had to remove some of it, so took it for my own garden. I had been wanting white grape hyacinth, but did not want to purchase it. This white grape hyacinth is is more than worthy for my garden because of the source.

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