One of the necessary rituals of the gardening vacation is stocking up on plants. Visits to Merrifield, Colesville and Roxbury Mills resulted in the following purchases:
3 oakleaf hydrangea 'Alice'
3 Hosta 'Bressingham Blue' (when Colesville was out of Sieboldiana elegans)
1 kirengeshoma palmata
1 cimicifuga 'Pearl'
2 epimedium 'rubrum'
1 epimedium 'sulphureum'
3 hakonechloa 'Aureola'
1 hosta 'June' to replace the 'Paul's Glory' which turns out to be susceptible to disease
2 hosta 'Big Daddy'
1 hosta 'Sieboldiana elegans'
1 geranium sanguineum var. lancastriense
3 gallium odorata
and to the person who asks quietly, "Is that in the budget?" the only answer, of course, is "yes."