Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Head out on the Highway (30), looking for adventure...
Us Portlanders have a fabulous little nursery road trip that I’ve always thought of as “the trio”…if you’ve got an afternoon head east about 20 miles on Highway 30. First stop is Means Nursery, then dash across Highway 30 and visit Joy Creek Nursery and then finish up on Sauvie Island at Cistus Nursery. You could stop at Cistus first, but today I wanted to see all three and I knew if I stopped at Cistus I probably wouldn’t end up going any further (cause I can spend hours and hours there).
It’s a rare visit to Means that I don’t come away with some fabulous find, which of course is why I keep coming back. But my treasures aren’t the bread and butter of this nursery, this is…
Thankfully you can avoid the flower filled greenhouses and just walk down this center aisle…this is where my bargains are usually found.
And today is no different, we have baby succulents!
Artemisia 'Nana' looking good here, but I think it can easily end up looking ratty in the garden.
They’ve got a lot of trees and shrubs at Means.
Oh and more Agaves!
Interesting, kind of small for their container size, but a pretty good deal at $7.99. Agave 'Blue Flame'…
Agave Pygmaea 'Dragon Toes'
Agave 'Little Shark' (which looks a lot like 'Royal Spine' don't ya think?)
Wow…Pineapple Guava for only $8.99!
Here’s my chance for another Hebe 'Quicksilver'…
These little Chamaerops humilis were only $14.99
And Trachycarpus Fortunei for $16.99!
Now this, oddly, not such a bargain. Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate’ for $72! Same size, same label as the one I bought last summer for a fraction of the price.
Heading over to Joy Creek…
Their display garden is always a treat…so wonderful to wander and soak up the colors.
You know I’m no rose fan but these smelled divine!
There is a Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) in there…can you see it?
This made me feel better about the one I recently planted in less than full sun.
Walking into the nursery area I stopped to admire a Pineapple Lily emerging from the foliage.
We’re in the midst of a stretch of 80+ degree days (yes, I’m loving it!) and the sprinklers in the distance were sending a cool mist over this corner, it felt good!
Joy Creek has a great selection of Sedums…
Dorycnium hirstum (Hairy Canaryflower)
Under the shade cloth…
Okay, time for our third and final stop…Cistus! Normally I like to walk into the main building first, and soak in all the succulents, but driving in to the parking lot I saw this beauty and had to go admire it first…
Asclepias speciosa, or Showy Milkweed…
Convolvulus cneorum (Bush Morning Glory)
Amicia zygomeris (also called Gotta Pea)
One of my favorite Sedum, Sedum confusum…
I love this plant and I’m considering the purchase, especially after reading about it on Linda Cochran’s blog.
My poor Acacia got a little dry right after I bought it and lost all the leaves along the trunk, I wish it hadn’t.
Love the Callistemon blooms!
Carmichaelia odorata, I had a small one of these but unfortunately it passed on to the great nursery in the sky.
Eucomis comosa 'Maroon Margin'
Schefflera delavayi (no, I didn’t buy one…you know I want one…but my birthday is coming up, and usually that means a Cistus Gift Certificate from the husband, although I did already get an early birthday gift back in April…)
Paris polyphylla - Heronswood form
And finally I leave you with the Cistus/Cat version of my dog Lila curled up in a cardboard nursery flat last week…