If you've been following along then you know we recently spent some time south of Portland in Corvallis, Oregon. On our drive down I wondered if there was any chance Andrew might become so buried in their book stores that he'd need even more time and I'd be free to visit Dancing Oaks Nursery. Since they're only about 30 minutes north of Corvallis, but an hour and a half from home in Portland, I really was amazingly close. As luck would have it their bookstores were that good! On my drive to the nursery I kept catching glances through the morning fog of light green/yellow trees leafing out but couldn't figure out what they were.
Then it hit me, that's moss!
I've never been to Dancing Oaks so early in the season. The majestic oak that towers over the nursery is usually fully leafed out.
Odd, the stems on these Rhamnus 'Fine Line' don't have the spots that mine do.
And it's remarkable how far behind the plants are here. Spring comes earlier in Portland.
Love the foliage.
Ditto here. I keep thinking I'll add one of these to the garden.
Those tags with the number 88 on them have me thinking they must have been getting ready for the big Hardy Plant Society of Oregon plant sale this weekend. (I can't wait!)
Too cold? Nah, last winter wasn't that bad, even here...
The mini-dinosaurs are saying "do not enter"...I obeyed.
I did however spot this from the side of the greenhouse, in the "do not enter" area.
Aralia elata 'Aureovariegata'...
There were none for sale, damn.
Things look so different here early in the season. When I've visited in June or later this area is a riot of foliage...
And more trillium...
Back to the greenhouses where this one grabbed my attention.
Yes, it had to be mine.
Galega × hartlandii 'Lady Wilson'
Albuca spiralis, not for sale.
Persicaria 'Purple Fantasy' which looks like the plant I have (thanks to Scott) and know as Persicaria runcinata 'Purple Majesty'. Plant names are such a moving target!
At first glance I thought those white flowers must belong to a Dierama, it's been so long since I've seen one blooming.
However I don't think the flowers are quite right, and the stems and leaves were round, rather than flat. Any guesses as to it's ID?
Done with the greenhouses it's time to wander through the display gardens...thankfully the fog had burned off and things were turning sunny.
You see a plant a hundred times but finally it's in just the right place to catch your eye and tug at your heart. Arachniodes simplicior 'Variegata', I saw this one as I was walking back to the car. Now I must have it.
Oh and in addition to the Colutea x media I also bought a Begonia pedatifida.
I bought it for the leaves but the base (?) is quite cool too...
Finally a parting shot out over the countryside as I leave. Oh how I love this state I live in!
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