Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday Vignette, a moody corner

Okay one more from my friend Steve's place. This corner vignette felt so warm, and so “autumn in Seattle”.

What's the perfect plant for a trio of vintage blue pots? Grafted cactus of course.

I have one of them (the pots), a yellow swirl.

Clearly I need to step up my collecting game.

Weather Diary, Nov 21: Hi 51 Low 45/ Precip .43”

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wells Medina Nursery

I managed to work in a visit to Wells Medina Nursery during my recent Seattle (area) roadtrip. It had been years, many years (20?) since I'd been here. That was back when I lived in Seattle and frequently made trips to the Smith and Hawken store over in Bellevue, Wells Medina was a stop on the way.

Since it was a snowy/sleety/rainy (seriously cold) Friday afternoon at rush hour I had the place to myself. Not so bad really...

Cordyline australis 'Renegade' — if this one were hardier it would have definitely came home with me. It's a bad time to acquire new plants that need to be babied over winter.

These are fun...

And they've certainly got my wheels turning, thinking of how to add an application like this to my garden. Of course the wood would be replaced by metal.

I would never think to combine Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag) with a purple ornamental cabbage but I love the look of it.

Another fabulous idea/planting...

And another great combo.

They had several very healthy Sarracenia.

So healthy and so well priced that one came home with me.

I meant to ask about this strange container, there were a couple of others just like it. Is that green stuff real? I dunno.

Wow, that's a fabulous old tree "stump" (driftwood root structure?)...I'm sure they must do fun things with it in the summertime.

And the same goes for the hanging log. It must have been planted up somehow? Like maybe a floating fern "table"?

They certainly do get creative with their displays around here...

Ya gotta love a nursery that's this well stocked in November.

The frog and his Agaves certainly do get around.

Nice centerpiece...

Magnolia macrophylla in every size! From two gallon (maybe those are five?) on up to twenty (again, guessing)...

Nice of the wind to knock one over so I could show you those silver undersides to the leaves.

I do love the green cone-flowers, in nurseries and other people's gardens.

I'm sure there's an interesting story here...


Including that one I'd previously only found only at Sky Nursery.

The one with the confusing Zone 10 hardiness rating.

I grabbed two of them because I can officially go on record as saying no, this is not a Zone 10 plant. My previously purchased plants did not miss a beat over last winter's 14F temperatures with repeated snow and ice cover.

They have lost their lovely squishy rosette form though. Probably because they were a little too shaded over the summer under a heavy canopy of Syneilesis aconitifolia (shredded umbrella plant, now cut back). I had planted them in too much sun (scorched leaves) and moved them here last autumn. I'm definitely going to find a location that's "just right" for my new plants.

Weather Diary, Nov 20: Hi 56, Low 43/ Precip .95"

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Bulbs; over 95 of them to get in the ground

Several weeks ago I received an email from Michelle Gervais, of John Scheepers flower bulb company (if her name sounds familiar it's probably because she was an an editor for Fine Gardening Magazine for many years). She wrote: "Would you be at all interested in a little box of surprises?".... and then broke it to me that those surprises were going to be bulbs...

I wrote back: "Bulbs...I have a love/hate relationship with them, but would love to give what you send a try — if they pass my test — what I don't like about bulbs is the requirement to let their foliage stick around, turning all brown and ugly. For that reason I don't plant bulbs, unless they're in a container I can hide after the flower show is over. If you've got ideas of bulbs that won't make such a ugly statement as tulip and daffodil foliage typically does then I'm all ears!"...Ya, you offer me something free and I get all persnickety...what can I say I'm a very choosy gardener!

As you've figured out Michelle was up to the challenge and that box of surprise bulbs recently arrived. After Lila inspected to see if they'd tucked in any dog treats (they didn't), it was my turn...

I've never planted species tulips and Michelle included quite a few, assuring me their foliage wouldn't be as obnoxious as the others. She also encouraged me to think of "regular, flashy tulips" as annuals (more on that below).

Happy bulbs!

And wow! Yes please, Tulipa acuminata is insane, in a good way. BTW, all flower photos included in this post were lifted from the John Scheepers website. I'm sure they won't mind.

More species Tulips...25 of them!

I am no bulb expert but these just look pristine.

The description for Little Beauty says "cherry-red" — was that written for folks like me with an aversion to pink? I think these will be going in the front garden, where the plants I love for their foliage, but insist on blooming pink, live.

25 more!

This is officially more tulips than I've ever planted. And I did go through a tulip phase in my Spokane garden.

Little Princess, "a T. hageri and T. aucheriana cross, this dainty, scented beauty is Spanish-orange with a yellow-edged, black center" — I think I'm in love with it from that description alone.

Turns out Michelle couldn't resist sneaking in a few regular "flashy tulips"...

The ones with big bulbs...

But you know what, I forgive her because LOOK! Tulip Rococo is a beauty, this is where her suggestion I treat them as annuals will come into play. Those beauties will definitely be pulled or cut and used in one of my spring In A Vase on Monday posts.

Are you starting to think all I got were tulips? Not to worry, there are alliums too...

Already sprouting alliums — like I didn't already feel the pressure to get out there and get these in the ground...

The description for Allium Forelock: "Forelock has 2"- to 3"-wide, globe-shaped flowers that grow to 3" around with an unruly tuft of white-tipped, mahogany-red flowers exploding out of the top of their heads. The wiry stems stage a wild dance of spath-tipped curly cues before gradually almost-straightening out and bursting into bloom from the top to the bottom of their floret-clustered orbs. The flowers first appear round, with green buds on the bottom, then turn totally mahogany-red with star-shaped silvery-white stamens. Its next act reveals the emergence of unruly top tufts after which they slowly transform themselves into seed-pod encrusted sentries."

Here's that "wiry spath-tipped curly cue" stage...

She also tucked in a few Allium schubertii.

Yay! I love them, but just haven't taken the allium plunge becasue of the ugly dying foliage. There's no better time to give it a try then when they just show up at your door, right?

There was one more bag to open, it had a Christmas-gift worthy feel to it, but there's no way I'm giving it away.

Apple-green to chartreuse yellow? Hell ya!

Look at that big happy bulb...

Cybister Amaryllis Evergreen is a knock-out.

Perhaps just the push I needed to "plant" a few Amaryllis this year, it's been awhile.

So that's my John Scheepers haul, 76 bulbs total that I needed to plant...(thank you Michelle and John Scheepers!).

But wait, I mentioned over 95 bulbs in the title? Ya, there are more. The kind Bonney Lassie recently offered up several lily bulbs on her blog and then went to the trouble to email me to ask if I'd like some 'Forever Susan' — of course I said yes. Not only did she pack them like a pro...

She also included a print-out so I'd remember what they were. Thank you Alison!

Rounding out my bulb collection? Ya, I still hadn't planted the crocus bulbs I got back in late October.

I've always been a little smug when others talk about all the bulbs they need to get in the ground — "ha! Not me, I don't play that game" — I guess that's come back to bite me, big time. Thankfully last Saturday was a glorious, dry, partly sunny day and these are all in the ground! I've also remembered another issue I have with bulbs. When they say plant them 6-8" you really dig a hole that deep? Really? Because I don't. Those might have ended up 5" under. I think I cheated a little on the 4-6" too. Hopefully they'll be forgiving.

Weather Diary, Nov 19: Hi 51, Low 35/ Precip .18"

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