I took this photo last week while removing my belongings from my '99 Volkswagen Beetle. We'd signed the paperwork the night before to trade it in, I'd owned this car for 13 years (longer than I've lived in Portland, or been married) silly to say, but it was a part of me. I planned to keep it as long as possible, but things had started happening which had me thinking the time had come to say good-bye.
Many a plant has come home in this car.
Even folded back the back seat didn't exactly disappear, and the sharp angle of the hatch meant anything tall had to lay on its side. Still I've managed to cram more into this car than most would believe possible.
I think the back seat held more plants than people...
But now I've joined the mini-SUV gang, with a big black 2012 hauling machine (Kia Sportage). It reflects the driveway garden quite nicely don't you think?
After taking possession I had to run the new rig through Department of Environmental Quality emissions testing. Headed home I heard the siren call of a nearby nursery....
I stopped! Of course I did, less than 24-hrs of ownership and the new car and I were already hitting a nursery...
Don't know that I'd really enjoy its daisy-like blue flowers, but I like what they leave behind.
Marbotts is such a charming place, but I rarely visit this time of year. I usually find myself here in early spring, when I'm hungry for the next gardening season.
I've no idea what this is, there wasn't a label. If those flowers were orange it would have come home with me.
This is behavior I only usually see in Agaves!
Interesting Hebe comparison.
Hebe ochracea 'James Stirling' is a favorite, it's the Hebe that doesn't look like a Hebe.
This is the roundest, most dense, Tradescantia I've ever seen.
Just in a small 4" pot!
As I mentioned earlier I rarely visit this nursery in the high-summer. Shade cloth adds a new dimension.
As "summery" as things are I see winter is being considered, with these Poinsettia seedlings.
Something has been nibbling! I wonder where it will go when they catch it?
I love the dense striped display of varied species of plants, here Euphorbia...
The back-side of the nursery abuts train tracks.
I was leaning towards a Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca' as our Christmas tree, but maybe this Sciadopitys verticillata would be a good choice?
It's a beauty!
Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' in the foreground with Mimosa tenuiflora at the bottom right.
Okay...time to fill up the new rig with plants!
Um, well. Okay...not so full...but it's a start! I see a nice trip to Cistus soon where I'll take advantage of what I can haul.
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Briggs Moonlight'
And I bought another Hebe ochracea 'James Stirling', I love this plant!
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