Back when I decided to make the trek south to the Mosaic Gardens Open House I started wondering about what nurseries along the way I could work into the trip. Bauman's Farm and Garden has been my go-to booth at the Yard Garden & Patio Show every year, due to their bargain succulent selection. Perhaps it was time to visit their nursery in Gervais, Oregon. I was there very early on a Saturday morning; only the second car in the parking lot. The employees were all out watering plants and tidying up the displays, and you know what? They were all so nice…like really really nice, genuinely nice. It was earlier than I am usually out and about on a Saturday morning, so the whole thing was a little surreal. I asked where the restrooms were located and was directed to follow the path under the kiwi arbor. Yes there really is a kiwi arbor! And it was gorgeous. Multiple Gunnera were enjoying the shade it provided. Walking out from the cool darkness you were suddenly in their display gardens. I took a lot of pictures but most of them didn’t turn out well due to the bright sun. This combo of hardy bananas (Musa Basjoo) and a monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) seemed like an odd one. They are both two of my favorite plants but they seemed a little disparate stuck here together on an island. Here is a shocking admission…I am starting to enjoy seeing a Blue Spruce in the landscape. I know. I can’t believe it. Little did I know I’d be seeing a lot of horseradish that day. Everyone seems to be growing it as an ornamental. (a very invasive ornamental I might add). Heading back into the nursery I came face to face with the largest hanging baskets I’ve seen… Cypella herbertii, kind of crazy little flowers huh? I do love Zinnia. If I had a cutting garden I would be growing lots of them. Especially the green ones. The Bauman’s booth is where I bought my Palm Leaf Begonia at the YG&P Show…I am so happy I did. Love this plant. The combo of the shaggy Echinacea with the Asparagus densiflorus (Asparagus fern) in the background was such a textural treat. I had to touch them both, multiple times. (I’m kind of strange that way; you don’t want to take me to an art museum). I love a big grouping of Colocasia and Alocasia… Especially if backlit buy the morning sun. If I ever have a home on acreage I would definitely need one of these to get around. Load it up with my gardening gear, a few new plants…and off I’d go! Okay so enough goofing off, time to get to the reason we’re here! The spiky plants… Aloe carmine Agave bracteosa…big…and only $12.99! Of course I bought one. This little agave is a mystery. The sign and tag say Agave El Montevideo, yet this agave clearly has no side teeth. And the one in the picture does. . I think it looks much more like an Agave ocahui (recently spotted in the garden of JJ De Sousa, of Digs Inside & Out). Can anyone shed a little light on this disagreement? I am particularly interested because I bought one.
My final purchase was an Agave attenuata 'Boutin Blue'…so perfect…so affordable, I had to take it home. Tomorrow we visit Fry Road Nursery in Albany, OR.