Thursday, April 14, 2011
Horticultural Field-Trip, part 2
Naturally when you get a group of crazy plant people together awareness of meaningless things, like the time of day, ceases. Thus when leaving Bovees Nursery we had to make a critical decision where to head next and unfortunately realized we weren’t going to make it to Joy Creek Nursery as we had planned, there was only time for one more stop and Cistus it was. Luckily we arrived before Sean had left so we got to stroll through the greenhouses before shopping the retail area. Above Sean Hogan and Ryan Miller are discussing the merits of this beautiful plant, which of course I failed to get the name of...(*update* Justin Galicic identifies it as Pittosporum tenuifolium a.k.a. Kohuhu) Ficus carica, love the huge leaves on this one. Ledebouria 'Gary Hammer' Cute huh? Check out this beautiful vine, Tetrastigma voinierianum. Bright green with orange fuzz, the bad news? Not hardy here in Portland (zone 8) This is Brodie, one of the hardest working dogs in horticulture. And a couple gorgeous plants that I don’t have the name of. Call it “anonymous plant lust”… Beautiful Podophyllums. Impatiens omeiana (I believe) Ribes roezlii Euphorbia x pasteurii 'John Phillips' (serious plant lust!!!) Dunce cap Daffodils (NOT their real name) I think this is a Banksia, but don’t trust me on that, the underside… And the top, of the leaves. I’m not the only one who’s cutting back on the Phormiums. The next generation of Manzanita’s rooting (there is a Manzanita here for practically everyone in Portland!) And the toddlers (a little further along in their development…)Other treasures in propagation. It was getting later and I for one had a little shopping to do. Time to head to the retail area, where I finally met an Edgeworthia worth owning, Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Akebono'… And found a blooming Echium to stare at. I finally noticed this little oddity. Do you prefer your variegated Echiums in two tone green? Or green and yellow? Heck have them both on the same plant! And of course the bloom spike follows… Not to be outdone there were some sweet Grevillea blooms too. And the color on these Mahonia berries was gorgeous, way better than in this photo. Wandering the nursery also turned up two new (to me) possibilities for my empty spot in the front garden (where the Camellia was). More research is needed but at first glance these are both knock-outs! Lonicera periclymenum 'Honeybush Improved' And Decaisnea fargesii, or Blue Bean Tree. Of course the Lonicera periclymenum has dark foliage, which I should be avoiding since we are going with a chocolate brown house color. By now the sun was getting low in the sky, providing beautiful light, but reminding us it was time to go. But not before I buy a Loquat!!! I was eyeing one of the big bushy 5-gallon ones on the right. But my shopping partners reminded me that the smaller 2-gallon one on the left was a better deal and would quickly grow up…how often do I listen to the voice of reason? Rarely. They should take it as a complement that I did right?