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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Nov 12, 2014 9:32 PM CST

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Please tell us what it is! Green Grin!
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Name: Zuzu
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Nov 12, 2014 11:32 PM CST

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Yes, please do, Larry. Sue and I agree that it's the plant of our dreams!
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jvdubb
Nov 13, 2014 3:21 PM CST
I agree This was in my top picks! I could not break away from it. Stunning!
Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Nov 17, 2014 10:02 PM CST
Would you believe that it's an ajuga?! Ajuga incisa 'Bikun' to be exact. It's Japanese and not well known in the U.S. I think you'll agree that it should be a perennial that is well-known and widely used. Unfortunately, it's not hardy in my zone 5 garden, so I grow it in a pot and bring it in for the winter. It does amazingly well as a potted plant.
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Nov 17, 2014 10:56 PM CST

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Thanks, Larry. I never would have guessed. This is something I definitely want!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Nov 18, 2014 1:01 AM CST

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Wow, those are the oddest leaves for an ajuga! Never would have guessed it either. Just went on my wish list! Thumbs up
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Nov 18, 2014 3:00 AM CST

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I just ordered it from Far Reaches Farm, along with some other treasures. This nursery has an amazing assortment of rare plants. Many of the plant descriptions mention Dan Hinkley as the collector. He was the original owner of Heronswood, possibly the best rare plant nursery that ever existed (until Burpee Seeds bought it and destroyed it).

http://www.farreachesfarm.com/
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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Calif_Sue
Nov 18, 2014 9:20 AM CST

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Oh goody, a local guinea pig testing! Hurray! I will come by and check yours out first, coveting it, and then eventually order, you know, because of my guilt at still having so many things yet to plant!
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Nov 18, 2014 12:54 PM CST

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Sue, I'm hoping it will grow and spread, after which it could be divided into a clump for you and a clump for me.
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jvdubb
Nov 18, 2014 1:01 PM CST
I just finished going through the plants hardy for my zone from Far Reaches and made my wish list. This Ajuga is just out of hardy for my zone. But I'm going to go for it next year and bring it in for winter. Can't resist!

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valleylynn
Nov 26, 2014 3:40 PM CST
Larry that is a stunning plant for the shade garden. I might also have to give it a try.

Glad to announce that the Heronswood Nursery was bought by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. It is being redone with the help of Dan Hinkley and others that want to see it returned to it's glory days. It was an amazing place to visit.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Nov 26, 2014 8:41 PM CST

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That is good news! Someday I would love to see it. Thumbs up
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