Prior to the big plant sale last week I met up with a few plant-crazy friends and we made a day of it. For our little group (Portlanders and a couple Californians), this outing has become a tradition, one I look forward to as much as the sale itself.
Xera Plants (which I should mention is a wholesale nursery, not open to the public, see where you can buy their plants here), and in their sunny dry greenhouse.
Scott, sizes up his shot.
It seems every nursery has it’s off limits section of “plant pets”…I’m only guessing that’s what this group is…
I wish I could remember what Greg (one of the owners) told me this one is called. I do remember they had none for sale and it’s not hardy here in Portland.
After Xera we headed to the Kennedy School and a guided plant tour by the McMenamins gardenering professionals Erich and Ryan. Since I’ve walked the school gardens and pestered Erich with questions many before this was a fun opportunity to see the garden through others eyes.
Ah three new Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue'… they look especially ghostly against the red Heseraloe.
Since we were with Erich and Ryan, and the weather was not conducive to the courtyard being open for dining, we got to head inside and look at those plants too. In the past I’ve only been able to investigate this area when I’m there for lunch, and other diners don’t always appreciate your stepping behind their table to look at the plants! Erich said he’d left the Sago Palm (and the Agaves) outside all winter…
I’m slightly obsessed with Magnolia laevifolia these days, don’t you just love the rusty soft fur on the buds?
Stachyurus salicifolia about to bloom (so is mine!)
Rhone Street Gardens.