Upcoming Event: Club Meeting
Tuesday, September 23rd
Social Time at 7:00PM
Meeting at 7:30PM
Guest Speaker: Dave and Annilese Doolittle
Topic: Early Spring Bloomers
Meeting Location: Subud Center
3185 NE Regents Drive, Portland
Dave and Annilese launched Petal Heads in the summer of 2008 with the vision of offering unique plants, both annual and perennial, to other plant enthusiasts. They wanted to create a nursery that was a destination for some of the most sought after plants, as well as a location where fellow Petal Heads could experience the intimacy of hearing the "story behind the plants". Dave and Annilese still share this eagerness to have their customers go home with plants they can connect with. Combined, they have over 25 years of horticultural education and work experience. Dave spent 14 years working for 2 of the nation's premier breeders and propagators specializing in annuals, perennials, succulents, flowering shrubs, and ornamental grasses. Durin this time he was able to travel the world in search of cultivars that are not typically found in garden centers, and befriended a network of breeders that hybridize the finest genetics in the horticulture industry. Annilese has collected plants since her adolescence, has a degree in horticulture, and has worked in the industry for several years. She has a keen eye for cool plants and enjoys predicting trends and profitable plant ventures. Just like trends change in fashion over the seasons, so do the trends in horticulture. Whether it is a new color breakthrough, an increased resistance to insects , or an entirely new hybrid creation, plants continuously evolve as avid gardeners seek the latest and greatest hot items (as well as the tried and true varieties that have resulted in successful gardening for generations).
Plant of the Month: Anemone hupehensis japonica 'Pamina'
Japanese Anemone are outstanding plants for the late summer and fall garden. The branch- ing stems of poppy-like flowers are superb for cutting. Plants prefer a rich, moist site, spreading to form a patch. This selection features semi-double blossoms in a glowing deep rose-pink shade. Good for sun or part shade. The plants are 30-33 tall, and are deer and rabbit resistant. Use as a winter mulch in colder regions, particularly if planting in the fall. They can be easily divided in early spring and since this is a shorter variety, it does not need to be staked. It was the winner of a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.