I've been meaning to get to Argyle winery for a few years now. It's only about 30 miles from home, but depending on the day, and the direction I'm traveling, it can take an hour, to over two, to get to/from...
Why Argyle specifically, when there are dozens of great wineries in Oregon "wine country"?
Because my friend Sean Hogan (Cistus Nursery) did the garden design here — this ain't no average winery garden! Exhibit A... multiple Rhodocoma capensis (there will be more, don't you worry)...
Truth be told the Allium were a surprise, but so perfect!
The Allium are such scene-stealers that I cropped this shot so you could see the beautiful pathway.
But then my eyes had to look up at that blue (oh so blue) sky again and who do you suppose was there...
This Phlomis was the subject of some discussion, it's so golden/mustard! Alan (one of my co-conspirators that day) grows Phlomis aurea and while it's lovely it's not this intense in coloration.
Later, online, Evan identified this specimen as Phlomis 'Sunningdale Gold', from Cistus. It's now on my "must have" list...
Everyone has grown Verbena bonariensis right?
I still never have. Next year!
As photogenic as that structure in the background is, I wonder how it would actually perform in the rain? When I first posted photos of our shade pavilion someone commented "I don't know how the rain falls out there in Oregon, but around here something that tall wouldn't provide any relief..."
Oh Yucca rostrata, you're so dramatic...
There's Alan, and Mindy (who used to blog here), Alan's sister Alison was just out of frame in this shot.
I tried to get the camera to point at the Arctostaphylos, but it just kept aiming up, at those darn Allium!
There, that's the Arctostaphylos...
Oh ya! Another shot of a dreamy Rhodocoma capensis.
Right about here is when an Argyle employee came over to talk to us about the garden. He'd noticed us exploring and wanted to make sure we knew about Cistus and Sean. How cool is that!? Bonus points Argyle!
These next few photos are of a section of the garden in deep shadows, the combinations were so good though that I had to try and record them for inspiration.
Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’, Astelia, Agave ovatifolia, Corokia cotoneaster and Rhodocoma capensis...
What's not to love?
Obviously I need to purchase about two dozen Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’ soon.
Sadly no Rhodocoma capensis for me though.
I just don't have the space.
Only a bit more garden to explore...
Before my friends and I plop down right there and get busy tasting some wine!
Romneya coulteri, which I've admired in a dozen or so gardens.
But what I've never seen before are the stunning seed pods! Can you even???
These last four photos are of the area surrounding the parking lot...
I've no idea what this is, maybe a Leptospermum?
Where there is wine, there are usually olives.
The last photo of this post is a plant mystery, a horribly cute little mystery. Anyone have a guess?
Hard to believe this sunny sky, 84 degree day was just a week ago. Today's high is predicted to be 56 (!!!) with lots of rain. I want to rewind...
Weather Diary, Oct 4: Hi 66, Low 47/ Precip 0
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