Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday Vignette, mushrooms and radishes

The first evening of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling (last June) we visited Willowsford Farm, "a unique development in northern Virginia that includes a 2,000 acre farm and CSA for the residents... we will be visiting the farm stand and gardens" (excerpt from the Fling itinerary). I didn't take many photos that night, and of those I took the only ones worth sharing are these, of the terribly photogenic mushrooms and radishes.

I know nothing about Royal Trumpet Mushrooms, but these certainly look tasty.

As do the (no name) radishes. Is it time to plant my veggies yet? No, the answer is no... unfortunately... but a girl can dream...

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Feeling a little spring fever at Cistus, on a January Day

A mid-winter trip to Cistus Nursery is always a welcome diversion and as you probably figured out (if you read last Friday's post) I recently made a visit. Lila came a long too, as she enjoys a good nursery trip.

It was a dry afternoon, after a rainy morning, and everything looked fresh and smelled wonderful.

In fact I must admit (as I did in the title) that I felt a bit of spring fever stiring. It's a dangerous feeling to indulge this time of year (with several weeks of winter left), but it's always exciting when it hits.

This photo is a reminder I need to prune my Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’ hard, really get in there and expose those branches. I didn't do it last year and as a result it's a green blob right now. I want sexy, like this...

It was tempting to go into The Big Top first but instead I like to walk back up the drive and enter at the "front" of the nursery. Lila likes this route too because there's lots to smell.

Rejuvenating the Bamboo...

See, is it any wonder I felt a bit of spring fever?

Especially when I turned around after taking the above photo and BAM! Sunshine moment.

Well hello there beautiful Mahonia...

And Mr. A Ovatifolia.

I'm always happy to spot the tassels of a Garrya.

There was a hummingbird making good use of the Mahonia flowers. She didn't even seem to care about Lila, but I didn't manage a good photo.

Time to shop!

So deflated! (Opuntia polyacantha 'Crystal Tide')

Woodwardia unigemmata

Blechnum chilense

Perfectly dreamy Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem'.

This felt like a summery scene...

Bamboo invaders!

Finally inside The Big Top, lots to love in here.

Aloe Safari Sunrise, just starting to open it's flowers.


There was a whole group of Opuntia that had been rooted by laying the pad on the soil, rather than sticking the end in the soil.

What did I buy? Nothing. I know! What was I thinking? There was a nice Bocconia frutescens I meant to buy (since I think I killed mine by letting it stay out in the cold). But I went back to the office to talk with Sean and forgot to come back up here and purchase it.

Oh well, there's always next time...

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Monday, January 15, 2018

January Bloomday, 2018

Yay! It's Garden Blogger's Bloomday for January. You what that means right? Spring is just around the corner! Ya...I'm sorry, I know. But the weather here in Portland has been so mild that I'm kind feelin the fever, already...

Oddly my Ludisia discolor decided not to bloom this year, yet these cuttings (rooting in a vase) have sent up a couple of bloomspikes now, crazy right? Those fading Ranunculus are store bought and the things that look like cotton balls? Actually puffy Clematis tibetana var. vernayi seedheads.

Staying indoors for another photo, the Cybister Amaryllis Evergreen bulb I received from John Scheepers is blooming and it's gorgeous.
But let's move outside! Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths', the first of my three Manzanita to bloom.

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' tried so hard to get a few flowers open for Bloomday, but just couldn't do it.

Ditto for E. chrysantha ‘Akebono’ (orange blooming).

Grevillea miqueliana too. So close!

This Hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger') is the only Hellebore open yet.

There are more on the way though, H. argutifolius.

H. NOID, black blooming (I have another black flowering plant, H. 'Black Diamond', but it's so far behind the others I couldn't get a decent photo of even the bud).

H. x ballardiae Pink Frost

H. 'Ice 'n Roses'

H. x 'Golden Sunrise'

Okay ya, I guess this is really more of an "anticipation of blooms" post isn't it? Jasminum nudiflorum...

Eriobotrya japonica, aka the Loquat.

Stachyurus salicifolius, almost.

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

Finally, the amazing Hamamelis x intermedia 'Rochester'...

Amazing because of the scent, wow!

A branch was cut (those pesky brown leaves, that should have fallen away, removed) and brought indoors to enjoy. Sometimes a simple vase is all you need...

For links to more "Bloomday" posts click on over to May Dreams Gardens. For other "In a Vase" posts visit Rambling in the Garden.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

A special garden / the end of an era (or is it?)

In case you haven't heard there's a very special garden up for sale in the Portland area, oh and it comes with a nice house too...

Sean Hogan, legendary plantsman, designer, nursery owner, and proprietor of our local horticultural hub is selling his home and garden. New beginnings are always exciting but I have such intensely fond memories of this place that it's a hard one for me to be too excited about. Plus I'll be honest. This house is all of three miles from mine. Easy peasy for showing up at virtually any event and taking a cab home afterward, if need be. It won't be so easy to drop in at his next place (more on that below)...

The last party I attended here was a shindig before Sean's Plantfest talk for the HPSO. To make it even more special friends from around the world were in town, Mark and Gaz from England, and Gerhard from California. That's just the kind of thing that happened here all the time.

If you believe in house-karma, or that homes somehow manage to have an energy based on the lives that are lived in them (ya, a little woo-woo, but I do), then you can imagine what sort of amazing, powerful, fantastic energy this place has.

Oh and plants. Top notch plants.

Yucca rostrata, Tetrapanax, Hellebores, Pittosporum patulum, and on and on. Earlier posts of mine about this garden can be found here and here and here.

I stopped by while Sean was at the nursery to snap these garden photos, so there are no inside the house pics. To see those click through to the real estate listing here — or the story the the local newspaper, The Oregonian, did on the place (here). The Oregonian story includes several sexy garden photos by photographer Claire Takacs.

It's not every front porch that includes containers stuffed with Magnolia leaves and Agave americana medio-picta 'Alba'...

I bet Sean would let the eventual owner keep these. Gift with purchase?

The Oregonian's story includes a great quote from Riz Reyes (this Riz), a quote that sums up how I feel about Sean, and this place he created:... Seattle-based designer Rizanino "Riz" Reyes of RHR Horticulture agrees that Hogan's contributions and generosity to plant enthusiasts and the industry are unparalleled. "His house has been the hub," says Reyes, "the gathering place of horticultural greatness from around the globe who have been warmly welcomed." Reyes says that "just about any plant geek" could wrangle a casual invitation for a drink or home-cooked meal from Hogan along with a tour of an "urban oasis that exemplifies great plantsmanship and hospitality." Yep, plant and people magic.

Euphorbia stygiana

Happy mass of Agave americana 'Variegata' (or maybe something more rare and I'm just throwing it in with the common?).

The only place I've personally seen Tetrapanax even come close to blooming here in Portland was in this garden. Sean managed to plant himself in an enviable micro-climate.

The pathway to the back garden...

The deck off the back of the house.

Garden magic...Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'.

Oh hey, here's reason enough to buy this house! It comes with a variegated Daphniphyllum...

Plant collectors take note!

Looking back down the path towards the front garden...

The gate...

Okay so where the heck is Sean going? He's finally moving out to Sauvie Island (where many people have assumed he lived for years), on the land which Cistus Nursery occupies. The Oregonian quote says: "Hogan plans to move to his nursery, where he can concentrate on his consulting business and consolidate home, work and the other passions of his life." Consolidating passions doesn't sound like such a bad idea does it?

Plus he gets to take the bones of an existing private garden and build upon them. I can't imagine how fabulously jungly this area will be in a couple of years. Want proof? Check out the series of images (here) of the nursery under construction. In just a few short years an open, flat, bit of land became an enclosed garden. I can't wait to see what happens here...

Changes! They are underway. Oh and again, should you be interested in purchasing a fabulous garden with a pretty sweet house in the middle of it, here is the listing.

Weather Diary, Jan 11: Hi 58, Low 46/ Precip .59"

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