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.)
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.
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.
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).
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?