Monday, March 27, 2017

Making the tough choices...(oh ya, and putting stuff In a Vase - on Monday)

I couldn't decide if was going to do an "in a vase..." post this week or not, there are so many other things competing for my attention...

For instance I keep meaning to do a "state of the garden" post, but every moment that I should be photographing I am instead working, and you've got to have the right mindset to actually stop and take pictures of death and destruction. It's not as easy as reporting on moments of beauty. Difficult decisions are being made left and right. "It looks like hell, but it might be alive" (trash it in a moment of weakness, or let it struggle a little bit longer?).

Towards the end of last week I made two difficult decisions. One of which resulted in material to kick start this week's vase, the other will be put off as long as possible, in hopes of enjoying future Magnolia (gasp) blooms, in a vase.

This is the only photo that shows the Lupinus albifrons before it was (heartlessly) cut back. And since I wasn't focusing on it, but rather that sad Magnolia laevifolia, you probably can't even see it.

Here's a's circled.

And cropped (bad photo alert!). Whatever. I hated it's long bare stem, and it had to be held upright with rebar and twine, or else it flopped over the Astelia next to it. I cut off all that luscious silver foliage. At least it's being used in a vase, and I am hopeful the stem will sprout. If not, well then I'll have learned my lesson.

So about that Magnolia. It was severely abused with the snow and ice that hit the garden this winter. In trying decide how to get it upright again (the bamboo only worked for about a week) I spent a lot of time looking at it.

And the more time I spent looking at it I realized it was not well placed. It was detracting from the garden as a whole, rather than adding to it.

I limbed it up, thinking that would make me feel better about it.

Instead it just made me want to get rid of it all together.

Damn. I know it's the right decision but it still sucks. I love this little tree!!! I will try to dig it out to rehome it but I don't think I can get enough roots. Second best option is to wait until it's blooming and at least use the flowers in an arrangement. A sort of sweet goodbye. Luckily I do have another Magnolia laevifolia in the garden so I will still be able to enjoy the flowers, just not the flowers on this plant.

But, time for happier things. The Lupinus albifrons ended up in a vase. Along with bits of Euphorbia rigida, χ Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’ and seedy pods from Fatsia japonica 'Variegata'...

It's a little lop-sided but I love the colors.

On the far end of the mantle Brachyglottis greyi (aka Senecio greyi) cuttings from weeks ago are still going strong. I added a Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' leaf just to keep the color palette going from one end to the other.

The Euphorbia are such a powerful blast of color...

Can't have too many of these.

The main attraction again.

The silver Lupine.

Ya, like I said. Can't get enough.

There's also a newly completed piece of Andrew's artwork on display. The text for the figure on the far left reads "day-long endeavor" and yes, that's a bottle.

Moving to the right, "cactus fruit harvest" and the figure has a tray of Opuntia fruit on her head.

At the far right a figure reclines in a pool "cooling with eels" and the bulb figure is "dark edison at rest"...

There's one more arrangement at the end, which repeats the ingredients seen before.

Lupinus albifrons, Euphorbia rigida, χ Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’ and seedy pods from Fatsia japonica 'Variegata'.

As always visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for links to other bloggers sharing their vase creations this Monday.

Weather Diary, March 26: Hi 50, Low 44/ Precip .65"

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Friday, March 24, 2017

It's not a fern table, it's a fern corner...

You know that song I've been singing about ferns being the new "it" plant? Well the same day I posted a link to this article on my Facebook page, I came across this new installation at Portland Nursery on Stark Street. It's not fancy, but that's what I love about it.

It looks a little like it was thrown together using bits of trees that came down via our winter storms.

And while normally I would be ranting about placing the tags in the ground, next to the plants, I guess it makes sense when you're a nursery.

And how else would I have known this was Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis'?

And then found it on the shelf right next door?

This guy's pretty cute too.

So yes, now my mind is working.

How can I repurpose this idea "danger garden style"???

Weather Diary, March 23: Hi 58, Low 41/ Precip .28

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Visiting Nowlens Bridge Perennials

Friends and I made the trek to Nowlens Bridge Perennials late last August, it's about time I share my photos...

Nowlens Bridge is located in Molalla, Oregon. About 40 miles south of Portland, it was a beautiful drive.

When visiting a new (to you) nursery, off the beaten path, there's always a fear the trip will be a wasted one. Thankfully this was not.

Quercus dentata 'Pinnatifida'

Mahonia gracilipes

Spigelia marilandica

Sciadopitys verticillata (Japanese Umbrella Pine)

I love this plant!

As you can see the plants were healthy and the selection was great. Edgeworthia...

The tag on this one said Farfugium japonica 'Kaimon Drake', with a picture of a creamy leaf with green splotches. I thought it must not be right until I looked it up and read this from Plant Delights Nursery: "This unusual Japanese selection of leopard plant could easily have been named "snow leopard." Farfugium 'Kaimon Dake' emerges with large white leaves, each highlighted with a random pattern of central dark green specks...sort of like a cheap flat screen television after the warranty expires. The aging foliage eventually turns solid green which gives the clump a surprising amount of vigor. This cultivar does not like deep shade, actually preferring an hour or two of sun daily."

That beauty wasn't for sale, but I found a smaller one that I purchased (along with a pair of Dierama 'Merlin' that I'm pretty sure died over the sad).

Physocarpus opulifolius something or other. I love the way the new foliage glows...

Silene regia


You probably won't be surprised to hear I became incredibly obsessed with this collection of things.

I really wanted these.

And that! I want that in my garden!

Acer pseudoplatanus 'Esk Sunset', I think.

Don't you just love a whole hoop-house to explore?

Schefflera delavayi

x Gordlinia grandiflora "An intergeneric cross between Franklinia and Gordonia. Early white 2 in. flowers, semi-evergreen foliage, and a robust tree-like growth habit"

I wonder if this would make a good hellstrip tree?

Just asking "for a friend"...

Eomecon chionantha (Snow Poppy)

On the right, Cedrus deodora 'Cream Puff'? Totally a guess, but I love the two textures together.

Oh to have a sea of happy Podophyllum like this.

Back outside I noticed this Nicotiana loving the heat in an off-limits section.

There was one more shady area to explore, but I neglected to take photos there.

Other than to imagine what a nightmare this must be.


Oh! And speaking of buying plants, Nowlins Bridge Perennials will be selling their plants at the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's plant sale, Hortlandia, on April 15 and 16! Details here.

Weather Diary, March 22: Hi 55, Low 42/ Precip .10

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