Friday, November 22, 2013

When my Amsonia hubrichtii grows up and other random things…

Ah the beauty of a mature clump of Amsonia hubrichtii in the fall...

I stopped by a friends house to snap a couple of photos of a different plant but was stopped in my tracks by this beauty. When mine grows up I want it to look just like this!

Another day, another errand....I stopped by Digs Inside & Out to see what was new, it had been too long. They had a few of these wide-leaved kalanchoe with just a single baby plant on the tip of the leaves.

Pretty cute.

Next stop, Lan Su Chinese Garden. I was on a mission (more on that below) but have a few favorite plants I like to visit when I'm there. This Daphniphyllum humile is one of them...

Not quite as fabulous as the variegated one I'm on the hunt for, but still pretty gorgeous.

I forget which mahonia this is (in bloom across the pond), but was looking pretty gorgeous too.

This was my mission. I wanted to check in on their Quercus dentata 'Pinnatifida' and see if it had lost all of it's leaves and what the structure of the plant is like. Glad to see it's a little goofy looking too, just like mine.

The fallen leaves look good...

I must find one of these Loropetalum chinesis (the dark foliage). Several of you suggested it when I asked for ideas on hardy, dark, "evergreen" foliage. I guess I'm finally ready to take the "fringe flower" plunge, so sexy!

Now we are at the glamorous offices (sarcasm) of Kaiser Permanente, where they're mocking me with a Daphne x houtteana...

I think I'm finally ready to take the plunge on this one too, price be damned. What was it the Outlaw said the other day? So many plants, so little garden...

Our last stop on this whirlwind tour, Cistus Nursery...

It was a very fuchsia-colored day.

Also a bit of a sad day, seeing the plants tucked in the pavilions. But at least they can stay toasty and dry in there, and they're still shop-able!

Agave 'Burnt Burgandy'...sexy!

Cannas and eucomis...

Whoa! New grevillea crush! This is G. 'Pink Pearl'...

Pink!? Why pink. Damn. Still that foliage is fabulous.

It was Yucca rostrata madness under the big-top. So many, and all with distinct personalities.

Standing right here is a great cure for the fall/winter blues, much cheaper than a flight south.

Echeveria 'Doris Taylor'

Yes the blue really was that intense...

In closing a photo of perhaps the only place in Portland, Oregon, where you can actually sit under an echium...

I should have asked if they planned to take it inside for the winter or if it had outgrown it's time in the big-top and was going to be left to face the elements. If so I wonder what it looks like now, since we've had a hard freeze?

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24 comments:

  1. Oh, yes, Loree - the Loropetalum chinesis is a really good one. As I mentioned, my husband hacked it back to nearly nothing, it took a beating when the Crape Myrtle branch fell on it and it still forgives me.

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    1. Thanks Tamara - I bought one! Its a dwarf that is supposed to only get 3x3.

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  2. Beautiful photos and plants! Cistus looks like heaven to me.

    I planted a small Agave 'Burnt Burgundy' a few months ago. Good to see a photo of a larger specimen. Yes, very nice!!

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    1. Heaven indeed, and should you make it to the Fling this summer you'll be able to visit in person!

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  3. Your Amsonia will totally look like that soon...they really do take a few years to bulk up...I almost gave up on mine last year ;-)

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    1. And I remember yours being lovely last year...

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  4. A nice random tour of plants. Love the pink petals on the wood lounges! The kalanchoe is one we call "Donkey Ears". Mine is about to bloom.

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    1. If I had visited Cistus on a sunny day I bet those lounges would have looked to be on fire!

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  5. A great tour with a perfect ending. I feel warmer already.

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  6. Oh, yes...another kalanchloe to watch for (so cute!)

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    1. And did you notice all the babies around the bottom of the plants? Prolific things.

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  7. That Daphne looks like Aeonium Zwartkopf from a distance, nice! And a variegated Daphniphyllum you mentioned, want one too!!

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    1. Your right it does, another reason for me to finally get one.

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  8. I got a tiny little Amsonia 'Blue Ice', I'm afraid I will be waiting a long time for it to look as gorgeous as your photo. I hadn't seen a burgundy Daphne, it looks good for your search. That's an impressive Mahonia blooming at the Chinese garden.

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    1. I bought two Amsonia 'Blue Ice' and planted them next to each other. How's that for being impatient?

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  9. Oh that echium! I commented on it a couple of weeks ago. My E. candicans is alive but suffering, in the ground in front of our house under heavy plastic. Hoping for milder temps! Love that daphne!

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    1. I completely spaced covering up any of my echium - duh. A couple are toast and the others are not happy. We shall see...

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    2. I procrastinated last year on planting one, and now I'm afraid we're in for a cold winter. My E. pininana was unprotected and near the sidewalk and it's a goner.

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  10. Wonderful photos from Cistus, especially the Fuchsia coloured one. I love that place. This is the first year I have not made a trip there, because of being so busy and because we got a good little collector's nursery near us now. (Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.) But Cistus...I miss it. I never noticed those barrels holding up boards before. I wonder if that is new or if I was just too distracted by plants.

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    1. The barrels are new, this last year. It's actually a really fun look.

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  11. I hope when your Amsonia grows up you don't end up wishing it was smaller.

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    1. Yikes! Do you think that's possible?

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  12. Those Echeveria 'Doris Taylor' are uh-maz-ing!

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