Thursday, July 21, 2016

OYGBV – at Dancing Oaks

Orange, yellow, green, blue and violet that is – my apologies to red and indigo.

During the Salem Study Weekend (which I've only written one post about) we were treated to an evening at Dancing Oaks Nursery: food, drink, music, and plant vendors. Not necessarily appreciated in that order. I shopped from Far Reaches Farm and Windcliff Plants (Dan Hinkley) and then wandered through the Dancing Oaks greenhouses*. I was about to start touring the display gardens when word came the caterers were packing up...oh no! After a day of garden touring I was quite hungry. Garden wandering would have to wait.

As it turns out that may have been a blessing in disguise. As I ate, and chatted with fellow attendees, the sun fell lower in the sky and a magic light spread across the garden. Orange first...

Colutea x media was in blooming and podding (?) perfection.

And I discovered a never seen before (I've toured these gardens many times) planting of Opuntia.

With multi-colored blooms!

And double danger! If the spikes don't get you the wasps might.

Yellow or blue? I chose to concentrate on the yellow.

And now green...

Just a touch of blue.

(blue, in the lower right hand corner)

And violet...

There were several plantings of Dierama pulcherrimum in the garden.

So dramatic. So difficult to photograph well...

Until suddenly they're not.

*if you're wondering what I bought just one plant! Sinofranchetia chinensis from Dan Hinkley: "An uncommon Akebia relative with handsome white stems and axillary flowers followed by long chains of purple fruit." Yes sir, looking forward to those long chains of purple fruit...

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24 comments:

  1. I have a bunch of Dierama still in pots that I need to plant out in the garden. They weren't doing well where I planted them, so I dug them up and separated the corms to try and baby them a bit. Now I'm almost afraid to try them again back in the ground. They're such fab flowers.

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    1. I have a pair, both bloomed last year, this year...nothIng!

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  2. The orange shots got me. So nice! Not that I need more "hot" right now...

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    1. Yikes, I suspect you're talking weather.

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  3. Another perfect Oregon nursery/garden. Will the torture ever end? No, please don't let it end.

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    1. Not a chance of that. We'll visit here someday, when you come up on a shopping adventure.

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  4. Plant envy! Love the flowers on the Sinofranchetia chinensis.

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  5. Great shots of cool stuff. That really was perfect, unintentional timing! Love the Dierama shots.

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    1. A professional would have had a lot of fun with that light.

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  6. That must have been fun, but 400 is a lot of people. It's not a lot of plants, though.

    But where was the Agave? There's always at least one, right?

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    1. Oh there were several Agaves, I've just shown them so many times on previous posts about D.O. That I didn't here, plus they were in the shade at this hour.

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  7. How fortunate to experience this great nursery in the slanting light of evening. Stunning & it sounds like you had a great time on the study weekend.

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    1. I did! Next year is Victoria...you should go...

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  8. I have been wanting to visit this nursery. It looks great.

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    1. Oh Philip you really should, it's wonderful! And have you been to Cistus yet?

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  9. Wonderful pictures. I particularly enjoyed the wasp nest on the cactus. Thanks for the post.

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  10. You hit DO at a great time...really, is there such a thing as a bad time?

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  11. Clever wasps and beautiful orange flowers. My bladderpod (Isomeris arborea) didn't last 2 years but that Colutea might make a suitable replacement.

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    1. I bought one of those Colutea from them in 2015, mine bloomed yellow instead of orange and then didn't come back in the spring...

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  12. Lovely! But have to say that photo of the wasp nest with spikes over it looks so sinister, so gothic, cool!!

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    1. I was thrilled to spot them, glad you enjoyed it too.

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