Earlier in the month, while I was away (playing in Toronto), things got hot in Portland. What's a gardener without an irrigation system to do but depend on a kindhearted and capable friend? Naturally there needs to a a suitable reward for such efforts and that's why Patricia and I were pulling into the Cistus Nursery parking lot one morning last week...
A bloom covered Genista aetnensis was there to welcome us...
Along with a gorgeous Bupleurum fruticosum, Patricia and I both agreed we need one. But only one of us actually has room in the garden to plant one (and I bet you can guess which one that is).
Dunno, but I want it.
Does anything say "summer in the sun" quite as well as blooming California poppies?
There's no room in my garden for this one either. Good thing I can visit the ones at Cistus!
Not quite at it's most wonderful bloom state yet, but it's close!
Caesalpinia gilliesii, it turns out both of mine overwintered just fine last year. No blooms yet but they're alive and that's enough for me!
A sight that always makes my plant-lusting heart beat a little bit faster...
And it just gets better as we start to shop (SHOP!)....
Only $495 and this big, beautiful, Dasylirion wheeleri could be yours!
I always have to pay my respects to this big Schefflera delavayi.
And mourn the fact I don't have room for a Fremontodendron.
Here's what I was hoping to find! Aralia cordata 'Sun King'...
Do you hold little beauty contests when deciding which plant to buy? I got the one on the right.
Cornus alba 'Hessei'
This is paradise, right?
Patricia fell pretty hard for this Schefflera delavayi, can you blame her?
Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca', I think. And I want.
There were many blooming Yucca rostrata all around the nursery.
I know many people don't like Yucca blooms. I don't understand why!
Salpiglossis sinuata 'Royal Mix'
We toured through a few of the growing greenhouses too. It's been a long time since I saw a blooming Phormium.
These little Eryngium flowers were perfection.
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum', I believe.
This guy was not happy to be inside the greenhouse and was darting about wildly. I was sure it was going to land in my hair, which would have not been okay. Thankfully he did not.
Don't you just want to pinch these?
This poor guy got kicked out of the greenhouse, probably started a fight.
So much good stuff!!!
It's always a good day to visit Cistus! Oh and what did Patricia get? Well I gave you a hint, and if you're curious you'll want to read her post tomorrow over on the plant lust blog.
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