Saturday we visited the Else Kientzler Botanical Garden in Sarchi which is less 45 minutes from our house.The last time we were there with brothers Michael and John they mentioned the festival this weekend and that they would have plants for sale. We were there an hour or so before the crowds. When I asked about the kinds of plants for sale, I mentioned that I was hoping they would have the Elephant ears for sale ((Colocasia Esculenta Black Magic). He said “oh, they grow very fast, we’ll dig some up for you”!
They gave me 8 or more of the black ones and another 6 or so of the green and purple ones, pretty good sized bulbs.
My friend mentioned that she likes pampas grass, so they gave us several starts of that as well.
We also bought cleome, Mexican heather, portulaca, and a green/gold ground cover and some airy white flowering plants---18 plants for about $12-13.
He also told me to “steal” cuttings from the coleus I like.
He is the manager and has remembered us the last few times we’ve been there. It was about 95 degrees there today, we are so happy to live on our cool mountain. We were sweltering at 10 am.I took lots of pictures. Enjoy the slidshow!