|Lewisia tweedyi at Laporte Avenue nursery|
I have blogged about Laporte Avenue Nursery before...and I suspect I shall do so many more times in the future...Kirk Fieseler and Karen Lehrer who co-own this nursery are not just dear friends of mine, they're two of the leading lights in my favorite realm of alpine gardening--and they've not gotten their due in my opinion. I just visited their nursery last week--and was enchanted with what they are up to. but I found a lot of pictures I took last year of their nursery (and there are a lot more) at peak bloom time, which is something to behold. Rare plant nurseries are wonderful at all times, but in April and May they're beyond wonderful!
|Silver saxifrages in bloom (for sale)|
|Karen Lehrer and Iris tenuis|
|Kirk Fieseler: the Master|
|Opuntia debreczyi 'Potato'|
There are wondeful trough gardens here and there throughout the nursery--all filled with treasures!
|Delosperma luckhofii 'Beaufort West Strain'|
|Primula x pubescens 'Bewerly White'|
|More treasures: Primula elatior and more phlox and pasqueflowers...|
|Sand phlox above, Gray's phlox below|
|And they do troughs! Lots of troughs..|
I love the dark colors in many of the succulents--I think the lower right is actually Delosperma seanii-hoganii--surely the most ungainly Latin name honoring the most delightful of people. I'll save that for another rant.
Watching the rare plant mats arrayed like this is so gratifying: I make a pilgrimage to Laporte a couple times of years to see what treasures they've accrued, and mostly to worship their wonderfully grown flats and flats and flats of alpine treasure.
It's mesmerizing to look through their many greenhouses...
|Here two Primula species--P. hirsuta on the left and P. elatior again on the right: both are wonderful garden plants.|
Each Laporte greenhouse is like a little Cathedral of rock garden treasure. Even if you're not an alpine fanatic (like me) you will find choice woodlanders and some unusual perennials or xeric plants to grace your garden. Do click on their website * and drool over their myriad offerings: and make sure you put your order in early for spring: I'm determined that they sell out by mid-summer this year!
*If you clicked on the link, you will be directed to their Website: their Logo and a few gew-gaws are missing (software malfunction) but more importantly, the links to the plants are there, and many more pictures. That works just fine! I suspect their fix the cosmetic stuff before springtime, but Karen and Kirk's priorities are always the plants: they grow the best and they grow them like no one else--I don't know what I'd do without this flagship nursery of the Rockies and far beyond!