Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Horticultural Field-Trip, part 1
Last Thursday I had the opportunity to join up with Ryan Miller (gnomicscience), Scott Weber (rhone street gardens), and Derick Pitman (Mr. Impatiens) to go on a day long nursery/plant jaunt. What an adventure! You know you’re with cool plant people when you can spend 14 hours straight with them and not run out of things to talk about. After meeting up at Sean Hogan’s house and getting a tour of his garden (sorry no pictures…my morning’s coffee hadn’t kicked in yet and I wasn’t thinking clearly enough to grab my camera) we were off to Xera Plants. Here are a few of the things that caught my eye... Sempervivum arachnoides, spreading its legs. Maihuenia poeppigii. I had to pass up this spiky little cutie since it was growing in their propagation area, put then did it again at the HPSO Sale on Saturday. Naturally now I’m obsessing about it. Manfreda virginica ‘Spot’ passed this one up too, but did manage to grab one of them at the HPSO Sale. There is something so perfect about a group of little agaves like this. Lomatia myricoides, new to me. “Possibly the hardiest and certainly one of the most architectural of the Protea family” and I left it behind. Whoever said you can’t have every plant you want was not a nice person and I don’t like them. Genista aetnensis. Everytime I look at the one I bought last time I was at Xera it makes me ridiculously happy. So I bought another one this time. Lyonothamnus f. Var. ‘Asplenifoilius’ the leaves on this one caught my eye, they looked familiar. Ah yes…I saw a much larger version at the Chapel Pub a couple of weeks ago. The gang swarms the tables of plants pulled aside to go to the HPSO Sale. There are several of my favorite plants in this group. Including the Pseudopanax ferox. And what I think is Sophora prostrata? Euphorbia rigida. Magnolia laevifolia…I was very excited to see these, and one did come home with me, yay! More Pseudopanax… Loved this vine but forgot to ask what it is. Hopefully one of you can tell me? Masses of Phormium to make me swoon. When is a Dusty Miller not lame? When it’s a Senecio viravira. Leaving Xera, and its pink flamingos, we traveled on to Bovees Nursery. Never having been to Hawaii I felt like walking through Bovees Vireya Rhododendron greenhouse was the next best thing. Big, bold, bright and colorful flowers. These white R. tuba, from Papua New Guinea, were quite striking as well. But I would have missed the best part had Ryan not pointed it out. Look how the blooms begin, pushing off their little hat… I think my favorite (because for me it truly is all about the foliage) were these…with the rusty indumentum. Sexy! Back outside we were in a mossy Rhododendron wonderland. With fabulous vintage garden lighting. And a couple of charming vignettes. Okay…time to make a quick stop to unload our plant haul and next stop…you guessed it! Cistus.