Friday, September 28, 2018

Joy Creek Nursery wears Autumn well...

Last Sunday Joy Creek Nursery held a workshop with Judith Jones, owner of Fancy Fronds Fern Nursery in Gold Bar, WA. As Joy Creek Co-owner Maurice Horn introduced Judith his respect and admiration for what she does was obvious. This is a lady who has spent her life studying ferns and advancing their use in our gardens.

Here's Judith describing a fern, she was this animated throughout the entire 2 hour talk, listening to her was very educational and entertaining.

Judith brought an assortment of ferns for sale, and for visual aids during her talk. There's nothing like seeing the actual plant as it's being talked about!

Many of the larger specimens were not for sale however, they were part of her personal collection or ones she's already sold to Maurice. I learned a lot, for example Pyrrosia (P. lingua 'Obake' shown below) like to stay dry when the weather is cool, and they would actually prefer a great deal more sun than I've given any of mine.

And the fronds of Polystichum setiferum (P. setiferum divisilobum shown below) are great for cutting and using in a vase arrangement. They don't wilt like many other ferns do.

After Judith's fabulous talk I then walked the display garden. It's been awhile since I've been out to see it in the fall and everything was looking wonderful.

Of course I had to visit the Agaves...

They're A. neomexicana

At first glance I was shocked to see an old man cactus (Cephalocereus senilis) in the ground, on the left. Then I realized that's actually the trunk of a dead something...

I wish I knew which Dasylirion this is, perhaps D. wheeleri with a really thick trunk.

It's magical.

As was this combo of Musa basjoo, Trachycarpus, and a dead tree screen. The vignette looses something in translation to photo though.

I finally made my way to the nursery proper.

Which had so many interesting displays and special touches, I was very impressed.

Perhaps pups from the ones in the display garden?

Who knew dead bamboo culms make great tree skeletons?
Antennaria microphylla, love that foliage! One of these came home with me.

Hi Anna!

Anna pointed out this dark leaved beauty, Aster lateriflorus 'Prince'
And this Limonium gmelinii ssp. hungaricum, which I fell for. I later realized what I loved (the curls to the foliage) was probably due to the way it's growing in the container. I wonder if I can force it to continue to curl with a few well placed rocks?

See what I mean about the nursery wearing Autumn well?

Loved this Sedum rupifragum, should have bought one.

But I became so thrilled when I laid eyes on Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park' that I forgot all about the S. rupifragum. I've been wanting to add another 'Larinem Park' to the front garden and now I can.

I stood and stared at this glowing Persicaria for awhile.

Oh the Saxifraga! Joy Creek has so many good ones...

Saxifraga cochlearis major

Saxifraga cotyledon 'Caterhamensis'

Saxifraga 'Primuloides'

Saxifraga paniculata f. rosea

And of course the fern tables...

So much to love...

But time to leave...

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Agaves of South Congress Ave....

I've still got plenty of Austin gardens to write about, but today I thought I'd share photos from our last day in town, when we walked South Congress Ave. They aren't all of Agaves, but most of them are!

The subject of this photo was actually meant to be the piles of trimmed Tradescantia pallida, my favorite Austin weed.

But the gargantuan Agaves are pretty fabulous too.
I know, taking photos of original artwork for sale in a gallery is not cool, but the one on the left just made me laugh.

Not all Austin Agaves are treated with love...

The Opuntia in the same planting was fairly unscathed.

This is actually where we ate lunch, our last meal in Austin. We ran into Heather and Greg as we were leaving...

It was a fun place,  with tasty margaritas.

Drought stress does beautiful things...

Was I taking a photo of the Agaves, or "The Impeccable Pig" sign? Probably the Agaves.

This one had an accident.

I think snapping all these Agave portraits was my way of dealing with the fact I was headed back to Portland where I would not be seeing a giant Agave on every street corner.

Knowing I would be suffering Agave withdrawl.

Who knew they also make a great straw dispenser?

I loved the Hotel San Jose's landscaping...

I'm not sure why I didn't saunter in there and explore, maybe because my conservative husband was with me?

We did watch this grackle for awhile, the birds in Austin were great, their songs and calls weren't like anything we have in Portland.

Nobody does A. Ovatifolia like Austin does A. Ovatifolia...

This is the end of my photos from Congress Ave!

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