Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blooms and spikes, an April visit to Cistus Nursery

Last Thursday marked the 8th Annual Pre-Hortlandia Plant Nerd Field Trip for my friends and I. Our core group remains almost the same, although sadly over the years we've had one of the original members drop away (life gets complicated), but there are four or five of us that have been at it more or less since the beginning, I feel lucky in that I've been on all eight of the outings.

This year's adventure was fairly low key, we revisited some of our old-standby nurseries (Garden Fever, Xera, Means, Joy Creek and Cistus) rather than travel across great distances to investigate new ones. Tomorrow I'll share my haul, but today I just wanted to share some moody photos I took at Cistus. The day started out rainy but ended up sunny, sunny skies with the filtered light of hoop-houses makes for photo magic. No specific ID's for most of these images, but I can at least name the Genus. We'll start with a few Echium...

This foliage reminds me of the epic E. rocket that bloomed in my garden several years ago (here).

Anigozanthos

Leucadendron

Banksia
Banksia bloom
Lewisia

Beschorneria
Tree fern of some sort...fuzzy!
Yucca faxoniana
One of these came home with me...
Agave bulbils
Didn't get any info on this darling little cactus.
Because I hustled out to the Opuntia-lands for some spike appreciation.

Anyone who thinks Opuntia are boring has no idea of the variations.

There's the man himself, Sean Hogan among the spikes...
Like all good things it was eventually time to walk away (from the cactus)...

This spiky vignette is what currently greats visitors to "the big top" (aka the nursery proper)...

And inside the big top...

Yucca rostrata (oh my!)...

Dykia

And it's time to leave...

Weather Diary, April 16: Hi 52, Low 42/ Precip .09"

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27 comments:

  1. Very exotic from beginning to end. I think you'd love to put up a tent in that thorny palace and stay a while :-)

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    1. That's a great idea! If only there were room for a tent...

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  2. I remember seeing that very same Yucca/Opuntia combo when I was there last weekend. I was hoping to find a wider selection of Dyckia, maybe a burgundy one, but no luck. I know they have them at Rare Plant Research, but I'm going to be away in Massachusetts this year when they have their big open day.

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    1. I think we have some in the back but they're not out yet. We're working on it! I can let you know what we have or message me about what you want and I can make sure we get them into production.

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    2. And I can keep an eye out at RPR!

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  3. I want to be part of your group. You guys seem to have so much fun!!!!

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    1. It's a fun adventure and then we have a day of rest before the big sale and Saturday morning rush. You should come visit for it sometime!

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    2. Yep, get yourself up here for 2019!

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  4. I'm always attracted to Opuntia but their glochids still have me backing away. I love that last Yucca-Opuntia combo. You can't beat a backlit Opuntia for drama.

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    1. I was so careful when we were in there looking around, yet I still managed to get a spine in my skin. Ouch.

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  5. It's always a pleasure to visit Cistus & you captured some of the many treasures there beautifully. Glad you had happy hopping.

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  6. You must have been in heaven~ they have some really great specimens.

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  7. Such a fabulous collection of plants!

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    1. And just think of all the ones I didn't take photos of!

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  8. You're right about the Opuntia variety. Though they made me nervous just thinking about those spikes.

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    1. That's why you buy a bunch of inexpensive tongs at the dollar store. Then you never have to actually touch them.

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  9. I could definitely see myself crashing the pre-Hortlandia plant nerd event in 2019.You may see me lurking along the driveway.

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    1. You and Gerhard should road-trip!

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  10. You took some beautiful photos! I love the Echium flowers backed by the glossy Angelica leaves. That darling little cactus is an Echinopsis chamaecereus and it's one of the few cacti I grow. I've been watching flower buds slowly swelling on mine in the greenhouse.

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    1. Thanks for the cactus ID! I hope you'll share a pic of the flowers when they burst.

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  11. Wow plant porn as always! Would love to be part of your group too just to echo Gerhard, if only distance is not an issue!

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    1. Fly in for Hortlandia! Sean's new house has lots of room (or so I'm told).

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    2. Great pics Loree.. What a fun day! (Sean)

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    3. Wait, what? After years of threatening did you finally just comment on my blog Sean???!!!

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  12. That Cistus Nursery, breathtaking ever dang time. Gorgeous job capturing it all. And that goes for the cute curator, too. What a shot.

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