My friend Peter (aka the Outlaw) recently wrote a series of blog posts about his visit to Portland in early August, including one with many sexy photos from Cistus Nursery (see that here). We visited several nurseries that day but my camera stayed in my bag, I just didn't feel like being a blogger (it does happen, occasionally). Well that was until we got to Cistus. I just can't visit Cistus and not take photos!
Peter wrote about his early days of his visiting the nursery, reading his words took me back to the first time I visited this horticultural wonderland. I'd heard about the nursery but wouldn't let myself visit until we bought a house (we rented for our first year in Portland while house hunting). Once I did visit, oh my! It was magical. I felt like I had been transported to another world, a feeling I still get every time I pull into the parking lot, where these first few photos were taken.
I thought this was some crazy-cool bi-colored Calycanthus until I touched the flower. Those are crispy petals...
I've never met an Eryngium I don't adore, well except for maybe that Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost', I don't care for that one.
I missed the bloom!
I think it's a Beschorneria, and still quite fabulous, even in decay.
Didn't think to get a name on the blooming Aloe...
Agave ovatifolia, perhaps 'Frosty Blue'...
Did you know ferns are the new succulents? (sorry, I'm still determined on that one...)
Is there anything better than a fabulous nursery under a blue blue sky? No. No there is not.
Yucca rostrata and friends.
Hesperaloe parviflora 'Yellow'
Lyonothamnus floribundus, Catalina ironwood.
Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea
Libertia ixioides 'Taupo Blaze'
Forgot to take a pic of the label so I can't tell you which Astelia this is!
If you could skip the blooms and go right to the hips...
Well then I might just need to grow this rose!
Peter and I toured through a few of the production houses, so many treasures lurking within...
At first I thought it was a Furcraea but now that I look at it again I'm thinking Agave? Whatever it is...
These little bulbils are forming on the stem of the bloom.
Which reminds me to show you this, in my garden...
A baby Eryngium agavifolium forming on a bloom stem. I occasionally get baby plants from seed that falls to the ground but this is a first for me, plants are so cool!
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