Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday Vignette, sun magic

I bought this Aechmea x Billbergia cross during an August visit to Cistus Nursery, it seemed perfect for the chartreuse circle pot. A little evening sun and the combination becomes electric...

Weather Diary, Sept 18: Hi 72, Low 50/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

My "planty" weekend with three Californian's and a Brit...

Last weekend was the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's Fall PlantFest. The event included a lecture with Kelly and Sue of Far Reaches Farm, followed by a plant sale. Kathy Stoner, of Gardenbook, was in town for work, and stayed over for the weekend to join in the fun. Then Gerhard, of Succulents and More, decided to make the trip as well. I didn't see Kathy until Saturday but Gerhard arrived Thursday night and stayed with us. We went out adventuring (aka nursery visiting) on Friday, our first stop was Portland Nursery. I thought it would be interesting for Gerhard to see, and they'd just started a 30% off sale...

These Euphorbia rigida crack me up. They're so substantial, and erect. Not at all like my plants in the ground.

This was definitely the year Dianthus 'Green Trick' became widely available. I've got two plants and they've done fabulously over the summer. I hope they return in the spring...

Ah yes, Schizostylis coccinea...the plant I see in local gardens in autumn and wish I'd remember to buy it. At 30% off I finally did, mine will bloom a little darker than this one, if the tag is correct.

Much to Gerhard's amusement Portland Nursery was also featuring all their annuals and tropicals at 50% off. Annuals being anything that wasn't going to winter-over in our climate, like succulents and this beautiful Bougainvillea (that's what Gerhard was amused by, things that aren't annuals being sold as annuals). I wanted this beauty, but I did not buy it.

Our next stop was Xera Plants. I loved that the yellow leaves, which had been cut from the Tetrapanax, were  carefully placed to the side, as though they were going to be used elsewhere, not just thrown in a yard waste bin. They do look great in a vase!

A sizzling combination! Cosmos atrosanguineus, aka chocolate cosmos (I think) and Artemisia versicolor 'Sea Foam'.

Origanum x 'Xera Cascade'

Next door to Xera is Contained Exhuberance (aka Hyland Garden Design), Bob had a lot of fun with this display (be sure to note the Barbie leg)...

Next we made a quick stop at Pomarius, mainly because I wanted Gerhard to see how much has changed there since the 2014. Our opening night bash for the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling, in Portland, was at Pomarius and it was a picture perfect night.

Next stop: Cistus Nursery!

We were blessed with a beautiful day, one I did not take for granted since it had been rather grey and rainy earlier in the week.

x Gordlinia grandiflora

It still kinda thrills me that I'm allowed to venture into the forbidden area...

I wanted to take this selection of Dudleya and liverwort home and plant it up just like this. Of course it wouldn't stay just like this, so I didn't even try.

Oh to be able to grow the larger-leaf Callistemon in my garden.
And to get a Banksia bloom! (of course these are all treasures living in the hoop-houses).

Always willing to strike a pose (if you ask nicely) Sean Hogan is modeling the latest in Echium foliage bouquets.

This charming fellow was enjoying the Echium foliage as well.

I dreamt that night that I discovered a tree frog in my garden. I was so bummed when I woke up excited, and then realized it was just a dream.

This breathtaking Mahonia is planted in Sean's under-construction new garden. He's moved out to the island and is having a grand time planting up a new space.

Okay, now it's Saturday and we're at the HPSO PlantFest. Apologies to the fellow who I inadvertently photographed while aiming my camera at Kelley and Sue (in the shadows, with the microphones).

I was all sorts of giddy when, during the lecture, they shared this image of Bupleurum angulosum, cause I got one when I visited the nursery last month. Aren't those green flowers fab?

A few photos from the plant sale which followed...

Who's that man with the plants? Ah yes, Gerhard! He came all the way to Portland to buy an Agave hybrid from The Ruth Bancroft Garden (along with a few other things...).

After we did all the damage ($) we could do at the sale, Gerhard and Kathy and I made the trip out to visit Tamara, aka Chickadee Gardens.

Tamara's old garden (here) was a stop on the 2014 Fling, so these two had both seen it, and now follow her adventures at the new garden via her blog. Lots of photos were taken so I'm sure they'll both do future posts for you to drool over.

I couldn't resist snapping another photo of that sweet carex "lawn"...

After a delicious lunch (thank you Tamara!) we then headed back to Portland to visit the garden of John Kuzma and Kathleen Halme. There we met up with Derick Pitman (aka Mr. Impatiens, far left, from Sacramento — the 3rd Californian, along with Kathy and Gerhard) and Preston Pew (far right), behind Kathy, talking with Derick and gesturing, is John Kuzma...

... also enjoying the garden were Nick Macer (of Pan-global plants, in Gloucestershire, UK) and Sean Hogan.

The garden was amazing, as usual. I wasn't going to snap any photos, figuring I'd just enjoy the company and return later for photography, but of course I ended up taking some 70+ pics, so there will be an upcoming post.

John and Kathleen are such wonderful hosts that it was after 8:30 when we finally headed home (much wine, snacking and plant talk had occurred in the mean time).

Sunday morning was a lazy one, later that afternoon Nick, Sean and Derick all came by my garden. Here Nick was snapping a photo of the Dasylirion, but I thought it looked a little like he was hugging the Verbascum.

So that's a wrap on my three very "planty" days — other than the fact Gerhad and I visited Garden Fever later Sunday afternoon. I neglected to take any photos there, but I did buy plants. Originally I planned to include photos of the weekend's new plant purchases here too, but this post is getting a bit lengthy. I'll share those later in the week.

Weather Diary, Sept 17: Hi 70, Low 49/ Precip 0

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Monday, September 17, 2018

In a Vase on Monday; bells, and seeds, and galvanized metal lust

In my vase on this Monday are multiple — squiggly — steams of Moluccella laevis, aka Bells of Ireland. I've adored these cut flowers since I first laid eyes on them in the mid 90's at a flower shop near where I lived in Seattle. How could anything so crazy cool really exist in nature? I had no idea back then how many other crazy cool plants that were in my future...

I grew these from seed, and after cutting a few here and there over the summer, finally broke down and cut them all, being careful to save the sections with dried papery calyces so I could harvest seed for next year's crop.

The brown center (orange arrow) easily pops out and splits into four seeds. Imagine how many seeds one stem could produce, since each whorled section theoretically made 24 seeds and there are many, many whorls per stem.

The green sections of each stem filled two vases, this is just one of them.

The light fragrance of these flowers is hard to describe, it's sort of fresh and a little minty (it is in the mint family).

The patterns on the calyces are quite intricate.

And the tiny white flowers are almost orchid-like.

Best of all is how they bend and twist.

Here's my (uncleaned) seed haul...


With so many seeds I want to be able to plant these around my garden next year, not just in the driveway stock-tank "cutting garden". I have read Moluccella laevis is best sown in place, but in my cramscaped garden that just doesn't work. So I'll need to start some of the seeds and plant them out. I was thinking of this when I saw these sexy seed trays on Gardenista last week.

At 48 Euro the small one is $56 and the large is $85 and that doesn't even include shipping, which from Germany is certainly going to be a pretty penny. So I lusted, and moved on. (photos borrowed from Manufactum)

I started hunting for something similar from a US company and found this, from Gardeners Supply. At $35 it's not cheap, but a much better deal than the German ones. although they're so darn cute!

I've never been a big seed starter, although I have flirted with it here and there. Maybe having a fabulous galvanized starting tray will help? Ya, I bought one (photos borrowed from Gardeners Supply)

Weather Diary, Sept 16: Hi 70, Low 54/ Precip .35"

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Bloomday, September 2018

September 15th, only 1 week of summer left! Although truth be told this week has felt anything but summer like. I want my blue skies and heat back! (I know, I'm in the minority in Portland who feel that way). This Bloomday is low on new blooms to share, Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' being one of the few that's just now starting their show...

I love these flowers, but most of all I love the little green balls that remain after the petals fall. There's one below, sort of in the lower right hand corner...

The purple Oxalis has decided to rebloom. I cut off all the flowers when I first planted it. They were distracting. This second round aren't nearly as tall and floppy. They can stay.

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' has been blooming for months, it continues.

Only two of my six passion flowers are blooming. Passiflora 'Snow Queen'

(couldn't chose just one photo)

And Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel'...

But...my Passiflora lutea has buds, a first for this vine, which I've grown for years. I decided long ago I was just happy it reliably returned each year, and climbed up the Trachycarpus trunk. Now I'm gonna finally get flowers, see those buds way up there in hanging from the palm fronds? I am very excited.


Passiflora jamesonii 'Coral Seas' and P. actinia (both annuals in my climate) haven't done a thing but produce a lot of leaves. Ditto for Passiflora 'Sunburst', although it typically waits until the very last minute to bloom. Boo!

Nothopanax delavayi is blooming its heart out (and the pollinators are all over it). Clematis tibetana var. vernayi is just starting to open those lemon peel blooms...

Schefflera brevipedunculata

Schefflera delavayi

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' has been blooming all summer...here's hoping it's got more left in it.

Grevillea 'Ned Kelly'

The sweetest little Canna flowers.

And my current flashy heart-throb Leonotis leonurus...

Grevillea rivularis is still throwing out a bloom or three.

The Rosemary seems to have been blooming for months now...
And the volunteer Verbascum is still opening blooms.

My Knautia macedonica was a score at a spring plant swap, I think from the Bonny Lassie.

Grevillea x gaudichaudii wraps up my September Bloomday fun. Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, our hostess for the florific fun.

Weather Diary, Sept 14: Hi 72, Low 54/ Precip 0

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