Each year on the Thursday before the big Hortlandia plant sale a group of friends and I spend the day touring nurseries. Lots of fun and lots of plant buying. This year we visited Portland powerhouse nurseries Xera, Joy Creek and Cistus and yes, we even stopped at Means. However I didn't feel the need to pull the camera out until we regrouped later in the day at the garden of Sean Hogan (owner of Cistus) I just had to photograph this, because really when EVER do you see this many aeoniums grouped together in one garden in Portland, Oregon?
The answer is never, well until now.
The light for photographing was poor, too contrasty. In person it was softer and had that magic feel of the end of a day well spent.
And even though you'll see labels stuck in the pots of many, I didn't grab and record a single one. Too awestruck to act.
Instead I just soaked it all up.
Feeling blessed to enjoy this moment.
As though I'd been transported south, to a place where aeoniums grow like weeds.
Which is very much not the case here, in Oregon.
I originally thought I would amend this album with a couple photos of my aeonium collection (do three plants make a collection?). Then I decided it would be better to not bring everyone down, mine are rather sad looking after a long winter in the house.
Let's just look at the beauties...
*SIGH*...thanks for letting me take photos Sean! A reminder for those of you compelled to participate: tomorrow is the last Friday of the month, and thus the day I write about the plants I've been appreciating this month, or at least some of them. Hope you'll join in with your own "favorites" post!
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