More Plants!

I got home from work today to find two boxes waiting on the steps for me. Both contained plants. One was from Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin, the other from Prairie Moon Nursery in Minnesota.



I like how Prairie Nursery packs its boxes with thinly shredded wood, which kind of looks like extremely al dente angel hair pasta. This is a big improvement on those styrofoam peanuts.

(Here’s some expert advice: If you get a shipment of plants packed in styrofoam peanuts, do not open the box outdoors on a windy day. The results are not dignified, though they may prove diverting to any members of the family who happen to be watching.)

White Turtlehead. Photo from Prairie Nursery.

Most of the plants that arrived were White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra). This is a tall plant with white flowers that likes sun and moist soil.

I ordered five White Turtlehead bareroot from Prairie Moon. Then I ordered  five plants of the same species from Prairie Nursery  – because I had forgotten about the purchase from Prairie Moon. The upside is that I will now have 10 White Turtlehead, because accidents happen. Also, I can compare the relative vigor of bareroot versus plugs.

Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly. Photo from University of Maryland.

One reason I bought the White Turtlehead is that they are the host plant for Baltimore Checkerspots Butterflies. I have never seen one in the garden, but their range does include northern Illinois. So, maybe we will see them in the next couple of years.

False Nettle. Photo from Illinois Wildflowers.

I also ordered some some seeds for False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica). False nettles are not much to look at, but they lack the nasty hairs of Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica).

DSC_0064 Red Admiral
Red Admiral on’Summer Beauty’ Allium.

Like Stinging Nettle, however, False Nettle is a host plant for several butterfly species: Red Admiral, Question Mark, and Eastern Comma. False Nettle likes part shade, so my plan is to spread the seeds in a few discreet and shady nooks where they will not be the center of attention.

Other plant purchases include Early Meadowrue (Thalictrum dioicum) and Sulivant’s Milkweed (Asclepias sulivantii).

My question for you is this. Have you ever forgotten about ordering a plant from one source, and then proceeded to order the same plant from a second source? Is this some kind of new malady – Gardener’s Dementia?

53 Comments on “More Plants!”

  1. Re the styrofoam pellets sometimes used for packing: these are doing dreadful damage to our environment and we could all put a little pressure on suppliers not to use them, if the environment is a thing we care about. Your new plants look as if they will be wonderful additions to your garden.

  2. No, I haven’t done that; but I’m still planting plants I bought in May. No, I’m not lazy, but i had to enlarge old beds or herbicide aggressive plants to make room for the new plants. I vow to finish by next week.

  3. That is one gorgeous butterfly – don’t think I’ve ever seen one before although apparent they are found in Southern Ontario. I’ve not forgotten about plant orders, probably because I’ve done so few up until now as I usually grow everything from seed. Purchases of wool, however, to feed my knitting addition is a whole other story 🙂

  4. Yes, I’ve also bought the same plant twice. For me it sometimes stems from having a debate with myself about whether to buy it or not, and then I forget what I decided! I haven’t seen any Baltimore Checkers in my yard, but my Chelone has suffered what looks more like insect damage than deer damage, so maybe there are a couple around.

  5. Never done this with plants. However, I blush to admit I have done this with books. I’ve forgotten I have a certain book and get it again. Darn! I always get so disgusted with myself when that happens.

  6. I once received some hops roots and I have absolutely NO memory of ordering them, no idea what I might have been thinking at the time, or where I planned to plant them. But they were from a seed house I order from regularly, so they weren’t entirely out of the blue.

  7. I can’t remember ever doing that but I have forgotten the names of plants in my own garden.
    If I were you I wouldn’t plant the turtleheads in full, day long sun. I have a pink one that gets only morning sun. They grow naturally in shaded areas and along forest edges that get maybe a few hours of direct sunlight each day. Of course it’s possible that they can take full sun but just can’t get it in nature due to all the competition.

  8. I’m afraid that I do duplicate ordering and not only with plants. (have three copies of Old Filth by Jane Gardam but was able to loan them for a book club choice!). Found aromatic aster and anise goldenrod at a native plant sale today along with spotted beebalm, still in bloom.
    You will have a busy weekend planting your purchases and your remaining daffodil bulbs! Good luck.

  9. Well, you have inspired me in many ways with your gardening blog, but now I really must start planting for butterflies. We do get an annoying white butterfly that eats all the vegetable plants, I guess we just need to use netting over these plants?

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