Springs Preserve Plant Sale

Saturday was the Springs Preserve Plant Sale!  This year we really had a particular plan to fill in the front yard where we’d previously had a bunch of oleanders.  We are leaning toward having a more desert friendly landscape with as many native plants as we can find.  Of course, there were some things that at $7 for one gallon were pricier than Star Nursery but this is a great event to support the Springs Preserve.  E loved that I let her pick a couple plants, at one point she really got into it, carrying a random one gallon plant to our cart (you have to bring your own method of carrying the plants you’re buying or you can use a “plant valet” to stash your plants until you’re ready to pay, by the way).  There were informational tables near the plants and they had kid friendly items to give away like a small turtle squirter at the Desert Tortoise Adoption table or a coloring book at the Las Vegas Wash table.  It is a great outing for kids.

The downside this year over last year’s sale was the weather.  It was chilly and windy, we weren’t sure we’d even want to brave it with the kids (versus my husband going alone) but with Grandma’s help we were able to pull it off.  My favorite new plant is the “Tiny Tangerine” (Bulbine Frutescens) as the blooms are a pretty orange and yellow mix.  Speaking of colors, we have purples, blues, pinks, oranges, yellows, and of course greens in the mix.  Here’s the list of what we got (common names on the right), the Chocolate Flower is a lot of fun, it really smells like chocolate!

Artemisia frigida – 01 Fringed Sage
Chrysactinia mexicana Damianita
Penstemon Petiolatus Petiolate Penstemon
Senna Armata Desert Senna
Psilostrophe cooperi-01 Paper Flower
Penstemon parryi-01 Parry Penstemon
Dalea greggii-01 Trailing Indigo Bush
Berlandiera lyrata-01 Chocolate flower
Sisyrinchium bellum Blue Eyed Grass
Lepidium fremontii Desert Pepeprwood
Sphaeralcea ambigua-01 Desert Globmallow
Gaura Lindheimen Siskiyou Pink Gaura
Penstemon eatonii Firecracker Penstemon
Drosanthemum speciosum “Rosea” Iceplant Royal Dewflower
Lotus rigidus Shrubby Deervetch
Salva x trident
Stanleya pinnata Desert Prince’s Plume
Rhus Trilobata Skunkbush Sumac
Justicia spicigera Mexican Honeysuckle
Xylorhiza tortifolia Mojave Aster
Salvia chamaedryoides Mexican Blue Sage
Isocoma Acradenia Alkali Goldenbush
Bulbine Frutescens Tiny Tangerine

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