I made one other stop during our recent jaunt to Eugene, Oregon...Greer Gardens.
This was my second visit to the nursery (the first was in 2009), and it's been hit hard by time and temperature. I had the place to myself and it was an enjoyable, if somewhat melancholy, experience. In fact, when I met back up with Andrew, and we discussed what we'd done while apart, I told him I'd visited Grey Gardens. If you've seen the movie you'll understand my metal mistake.
There were a lot of conifers...
Some quite fetching, Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'...
Abies concolor 'Candicans'
Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca' (although it wasn't looking very "glauca" perhaps it was the rain.
The big bamboo looks happy, the little bamboo, not so much.
This visit was on March 8th, it was a surprising to see a rhododendron in full bloom.
There were many trees and branches down, blocking pathways.
The red aucuba berries were so bright I could see them from quite a distance.
At first I thought this was a spectacular silver leafed shrub, but actually just the undersides of the leaves on a fallen branch.
There were rhody's as far as the eye could see...
And even a surprise yucca.
Winter really did a number on their hoop houses.
Washingtonia filifera, which have seen better days.
The covered area off the back of the office fared better and held several treasures.
Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'
Lots of gunnera
Cordyline australis 'Renegade'
Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby'
Back outside it was time to make my exit.
But not before I admired this Metasequoia glyptostroboides...no doubt rooting into the ground.
And wondered about this odd tree...
What is it? Or what are those nuts (?)...
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