Thursday, May 25, 2017

A May visit to Joy Creek Nursery

Free sunny days are for working in the garden, whereas free rainy days are for visiting nurseries. That's why I found myself at Joy Creek Nursery on a rainy Friday morning...

Rodgersia all around Oregon reveled in the cool, rainy days we'd been experiencing.

The Hosta are pretty happy too.

And I suppose the Syneilesis are enjoying it as well.

Rheum (Ornamental Rhubarb)

I do love discovering the odd decorative bits tucked in among the plants in the display garden.

I have no idea what this is, but marveled at the shiny orange bark and how it contrasted with the bright green foliage.

Ah, I remember this scene from our "Blogger's" visit in January.

Looks like the Rodgersia across the path don't care for their increased sun exposure.

The decorative piece on this old gate caught my eye.

As did the exuberant growth of the blood grass...

And then there was this! Embothrium coccineum...

The blooms on my own plant are so high up in the sky I don't get to enjoy them up close like I could this one.

OMG! Clematis recta 'Purpurea'...seeing this huge clump corralled like it is gave me pause scared the crap out of me.

I don't have room for this in my garden! (and yet I do have the plant...)

Calycanthus floridus

Strolling the display garden all by yourself is a magical thing...

Great structure for a Clematis to climb?

Seeing this nice patch of orange blooming Euphorbia makes me wonder if I should release my E. griffithii ‘Fireglow’ — since it's slowly fading in the shady stock tank its confined to.

For the longest time whenever Andrew saw a plant he didn't know the name of he called it "Bee Balm" — I have no idea why. I do, however, find myself thinking "Joe Pye Weed" whenever I see a tall plant that I don't know the name of — like when I saw this one. Am I right? Wait, maybe that's Lilium foliage?

Why do these remind me of my childhood? I don't think my mom grew them. Would they have grown wild around Eastern Washington? A quick Google search tells me they're native to Europe, although they have escaped into the wild in the U.S.

Sad Dasylirion, sadder Yucca (I think) to its right.

At least there's still green on the Dasylirion.

Of course I had to check on the Agaves.

They're looking fine.

And now....to the retail area! It looks so different from when we were there in January. Thank god.

Lot's of little vignettes to explore...

The shady area...

Blechnum spicant, fertile fronds.

So...what did I come home with? Well one of those beautiful Blechnum spicant...

Of course...

And a tiny, blooming, Embothrium coccineum. I have room for another, right?

And a pair of Saxifraga ‘Primuloides’ — which is what sent me out there in the first place, at least partially. More on that tomorrow!

Weather Diary, May 24: Hi 66, Low 49/ Precip 0"

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday Vignette, the Podocarpus show

If the non-conifer-like foliage of Podocarpus matudae didn't already have me under its spell, then the way the new foliage unfurls would pull me in for sure.

It's a two-fer for my Wednesday Vignette, because I couldn't decide which photo to use...

Weather Diary, May 23: Hi 84, Low 52/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Rare Plant Research outing, with the Outlaw

I've been making the annual, late May, trip to Rare Plant Research since before I started writing this blog. I think my first outing was in 2006, if not then, than definitely 2007. There are years I've gone by myself, with my former plantlust.com partners, with out of town friends, and with my husband. This year I had the pleasure of attending with Peter...The Outlaw Gardener.

He stopped to look at some containers and I wandered into the first greenhouse. It would be quite sometime before we'd see each other again.

Last year those bright rusty-red plants were a hit with me, and most everyone I know. Of course I bought one, even though it wasn't yet rooted. Research after the fact told me it was probably Ananus lucidus or Ananas lucidus 'Lava Burst'. Mine finally met the yard waste bin in late August (never did root), still, I carried one of these around for awhile before realizing I really didn't need to buy it again.

Aechmea odorata, which I have — bought here several years back. Mine isn't looking this dreamy however.

Tempted by all the lovely Aeonium...

But I managed to walk away.

As I probably say every year, eavesdropping is great fun at this event. I smiled as I heard a pair of older ladies exclaim "what lovely daylilies those are" (!) as they fondled some fancy-pants Hippeastrum. I ducked to the side as a fellow carried out one of these humongous Dasylirion, saying "Danger! Spikes! Danger! I've been spiked already...don't let it happen to you!".... hehehe, you're calling my name!

Who knew Agaves come in so many colors?

Or as Peter said..."stressed much?"

The ones in gallon-sized pots seemed much happier.

Scadoxus puniceus, tempted — but I've been there, done that.

Aloes and Daylilies... (yes, that's an attempt at humor).

Every year I take a dreamy (to me) photo of the Watsonia, every year I resist the temptation to buy.

Baby Tetrapanax are so cute.

Ditto for baby Yucca rostrata.

I zoomed in and swooned over these. Then remembered that I'd done the same a couple of years ago. When I mentioned that to Peter he nodded and agreed, guess they really should be mine (price dammit!).

So shopping-wise I started to focus on the Bromeliads.

I've got a project I'm working on and wanted a couple more.

Or a couple dozen, really...

Evidently Peter had been doing the same. I'd walked by, and admired, this haul not knowing it was his. There's nearly a dozen Bromeliads there! Plus a trio of custom containers.

Here's my modest haul, just five plants! There will be close-ups at the end of this post...

But first, as tradition holds, we had to visit the house and it's gardens — just a shot walk up from the nursery proper.

It's amazing the things you can do when you've got a whole nursery of plants at your disposal.

Furcraea, I've given up trying to keep them happy — but that doesn't stop me from lusting after them.

This photo was supposed to be all about those amazing spikes on the right, but that darn dragon snuck into frame.

Pond, dragon, rocks, house...

And blooming water lilies! I'm not sure how he pulled this off, since it's been so cold here.

This was how the back of my car looked after a couple additional nursery stops on the way home. Funny almost everything I see doesn't belong to me! The Polystichum setiferum (Alaska fern) and Sarracenia, in the lower right-hand corner are all I see that's mine...

But back to my RPR haul. Aloe aristata

Mis-marked Agave (I won't tell you what it was being sold as), but I believe it's Agave 'Baccarat' or Agave montana 'Baccarat'.

And the Bromeliads, I bought three. These two tall ones...

And this short, but sort of crawling along, one. They were so cheap!

Weather Diary, May 22: Hi 91, Low 56/ Precip 0

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