These two striking Neoregelia hybrid’s called out to us. We grabbed both figuring that we would decide later which one would come home with us.
Funny thing, they both did.
Then Andrew spotted this spiky little Dyckia. I was going to be good this year…just sticking to the short list, but thanks to support and encouragement from the husband we came home with the Dyckia too.
On my list….I really wanted another ginger plant; I’d bought one a couple years back but planted it in a really bad spot. Not enough light or moisture and it finally died. Now I had the perfect spot and one with a bloom is a bonus! Hedychium Tara…
Also on the list, an Ensete maurelii. Unlike SOME PEOPLE I KNOW who managed to score several for the bargain price of $2.50 each I had yet to lay my eyes on a single one this year. I simply cannot go through summer without one. Problem solved.
In the confusion to get the tender things inside during our freak cold snap last December I completely overlooked my Colocasia collection. Three fabulous old plants dead. Time to start rebuilding and this Colocasia esculenta ‘Illustris’ is the first one. I love the dramatic coloring.
So what didn’t we buy? Well….I certainly could have came home with any one of these Agave americana variegata….they were all so lovely. But I’ve already got several.
Same for the Agave attenuata…
Striking banana leaves….
And one even with bananas!
These were tagged as Orange Aloes. But they are mostly green???
I believe this is an Albizia? Nope...update...it is an Acacia (thanks to my alert readers!)
I just loved it in this turquoise container. What a great combination!
There were so many fabulous Bromeliads, including the one I mentioned last week, the blooming Alcanterea imperialis, it had been moved outside of the greenhouse…you can see why!
They had another, smaller version, next to it for sale. Only $99…
Here is one of the same type we purchased blooming!
So many colors!
And it’s flower...
Kniphofia bending to great the sun...
These cute little guys just wanted to come home with us, but I kill plants with a caudex, every time.
Shortly after we moved to Portland our local newspaper ran a special series called “the faces of meth” it included many terrifying before and after pictures of addicts. Andrew labeled this patch of Prickly Pears “the faces of meth at RPR”. These guys just didn’t look healthy.
They’ve definitely fallen on some hard times.
Or maybe they just stayed out too late last night drinking?
Like previous years we were welcome to tour the private garden around the home of the nursery owners. How do you suppose they protect these Bromeliads in the winter?
Tall Yucca tree by the pond about to bloom (spike on the left)…
Boojum in a container…
The pond complete with a canoe! I imagine lots of twilight paddling around the pond.
A second pond was full of tiny tadpoles…
And I thought I would finish this post with a photo taken as we returned home and pulled up in front of our garage…or not….actually this is still the home of the RPR owners. Whom I really want to thank for again opening their nursery to the public. It must be such a headache for you, but we really do appreciate it!