I started in the display garden that surrounds the private home of the owners Maurice and Mike. Of course how private is your home when your clients are wandering around your front yard right? As I got out of my car this was the view in the distance… Looking back towards the garden I was greeted by these striking specimens!
And another Manzanita to feed my growing obsession…
The bark is so beautiful (dare I say sexy again?)
Yet another orange Euphorbia, this one Euphorbia griffithii 'Dixter'
And to be sure of the name (yet another variation for the Orange Euphorbia) I just looked it up online, sure enough Joy Creek comes up in the search results and they have 10 available as well as 8 Euphorbia rigida (another on my lust list). Yet when I was there I saw exactly zero for sale. Now I know….ASK!
And another Podophyllum (I believe) but I couldn’t find a label with a name.
Seeing this Rodgersia podophylla reminded me of mine. I planted one last year that I’ve seen no evidence of. Could it be a goner? I hope not.
Rheum palmatum tanguticum? (Chinese Rhubarb)
How many opportunities does a girl get to stand in a bamboo grove like this? The wind blew and it moved and made the softest rustling sound.
Back in the nursery area I found a whole table of Manzanita! Finally my Manzanita hunt is over. I bought one of the ones right in the center of the picture, Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony'
I thought I wanted a ‘Howard McMinn’ but seeing them side by side the leaves of the ‘Harmony’ were hard to pass up. I hope I made the right choice!
Sedum 'Vera Jameson' – I’ve been stalking this in a neighbors garden, complementing it, inquiring about it and hoping I would be given a little cutting, it’s a sedum after all they are practically created to be passed along.
There were more Podophyllum peltatum potted up and for sale
And for those of you always on the hunt for black foliage: Ligularia Britt-Marie Crawford
My second visit to Joy Creek has me hooked, I’ll be back again. And if you’re curious but don’t want to drive out to Scappoose then check out the Joy Creek booth at the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Plant Sale this weekend! Joy Creek will be there along with my other favs Cistus, Xera, Dancing Oaks, Gossler Farms and Rare Plant Research all under one roof (danger!)…or if you aren't in Oregon check them out online...they do mail order! (link at the top of the page)...