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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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday Vignette, opuntia tree and background

This is the view across the street from my brother's house in Phoenix. The large lot is empty, and the owner repairs the fence as needed. Not always with the same materials.

The fence is interesting, but aren't we really drawn to the Opuntia? With actual woody bases?

I know I am...

Weather Diary, March 21: Hi 57, Low 44/ Precip .27

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Rhododendron Species Foundation Botanic Garden (itself)

Finally! I've been teasing you with posts on the Fern Stumpery, the Bonsai Museum and the Weyerhaeuser Campus, it's about time we take a look at the actual botanic garden itself, right?

The path to the entrance is bordered with huge specimens, like this Rhododendron williamsianum.

And this Rhododendron insigne.

With it's fabulous bronze-ish indumentum.

R. orbiculare (btw from here on out when you see "R." that's because I didn't want to have to type Rhododendron 85 times!)...

Welcome to the garden proper! Yes, I realize you can't read the text. It was more about capturing the mood.

A lovely Daphne x houtteana.

And a reminder, I visited in mid-November, pre-winter. I'm sure this plant survived (mine did), but may not be looking this good.

A sort of crevice garden? Complete with Saxifraga.

Didn't get the name of this beauty, but I know those are Magnolia leaves acting as mulch.

Autumn color.

Loved this moss topped stump.

That's not really a stump after all.

It's not just about the Rhododendrons! There were many Schefflera throughout the garden. This one is S. fengii.

R. praestans, those leaves were huge!

But not as big as these, R. sinogrande.

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Aka Ostrich fern. Mine spent our cold winter above ground in a metal container. I hope they make a return showing.

Cardiocrinum giganteum aka Giant Himalayan Lily, seedpods.

Peony foliage, I believe.

Blechnum chilense?

Huge specimen...

Schefflera taiwanensis

And another Schefflera taiwanensis, proving there are many variations on the theme.

Pyrrosia sheareri

Such a cool fern.

Stewartia pseudocamellia

Schefflera hoi


Schefflera minutistellata

This guy! Anyone know what it is? I tried to get close enough to read that little label at its base, but the ground was saturated and I was not wearing appropriate footwear. Oh, and I suppose walking through the planting bed is discouraged.


And closer...anybody?

Plagianthus regius

From New Zealand. So cool...

R. 'Sir Charles Lemon'

Time to head inside, out of the constant drizzle, and explore the huge Rutherford Conservatory.

R. lowii, if this one was hardy here you know I'd be growing it.

R. polyanthemum, quite lovely.

R. stenophyllum, wowsa!

I couldn't find a name for this one, but it's certainly a looker.

Back outdoors, and about ready to leave, I had to peruse the plants for sale.

Funny how the time of year can change your outlook. This Schefflera minutistellata was going for $43. Last November (heading into winter, with a very full garden) I left it behind. If I were there now it may have come home with me.

I stopped to admire this R. species nova (that's what the tag said) but at $46 it would have stayed behind, both then and now.

If you enjoyed this look at the garden you should also take a read of these posts from my friend Evan, aka The Practical Plant Geek, posts part onetwo and three. He's much more knowledgeable about these plants than I am.

Weather Diary, March 20: Hi 55, Low 38/ Precip .05"

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