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Sommer Gardens / Tuesday, November 6, 2007 / Categories: Random thoughts, Garden Tours

A cool find

ribbonbush.jpg Saturday I trekked over to Mt. Dora for their annual plant festival.  It is rare that a plant festival matches up with one of my few free weekends so I was psyched.  You never know what to expect at a plant festival.  Sometimes all the vendors are selling the same plants that you would typically find at your local Home Depot, while others have growers with hard to find plants.  Mt. Dora had both and I came home with a few treasures. A couple of the plants I found  were plants that used to grow in our yard when I was a kid.  For whatever reason they died years ago and they have always been on my wish list to replace.  The first one I found was a ribbon bush. 
I think it also called a tapeworm plant.  It has thin flat stems and grows about 3 feet tall.  It has a real unusual look to it. 

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The other find was more common yet seldom seen at local garden centers.  It is called the chinese hat plant because the flowers resemble a cone shaped chinese hat.  The pot I bought had both the orange and red versions in it.   I also grabbed a mexican daisy shrub, a couple of unusual staghorn fern pups, some epiphyllum species (orchid cactus) and another plant that I have already forgot the name of. 

Next year I plan to be there as a seller hoping to get rid of my surplus brugmansia plants.  Only a couple of vendors had brugs for sale and they were homely looking plants.

Now I just need to find the name of this plant my dog is guarding!


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