Back in April I made my first trip to Blanchette Gardens in Carlisle, MA, where I was meeting the landscape designer I work for. I drove through a very rural residential area before finding the nursery in an out of the way spot. This family-owned nursery specializes in many hard-to-find and not so hard to find perennials and woodland natives with lots of varieties for one particular kind of plant. I just counted how many hosta are available online and stopped at 140 – there were plenty more though. When I visited Blanchette, the hosta hadn’t poked through the soil much so I couldn’t tell what any of them would look like. It would be worth going later in the spring just to see the variety of hosta.
All the containers were on the ground in rows upon rows and everything was organized with a row number. A few weeks before we went I researched most of the plants the nursery carries that I was interested in from their online list and made note of the row # which was at the end of each plant description. Going to this nursery was like being a kid in a candy store (I still love candy stores too – they are up there with nurseries….)
My wagon ended up with the following containers: May Apples, Trillium Flexipes, Toad Lily White Tower, Trollius Lemon Queen, Virginia Bluebell, Chocolate Joe Pye Weed, Sanguisorba Dali Marble, Anemonopsis Macrophyllum, Lonicera Harlequin, Canadian Wild Ginger, Brunnera Dawson’s White and a Lily of the Valley Rosea.
Several of my acquisitions:
Each year I will look forward to adding a few special items to my gardens from Blanchette.