Friday, October 5, 2018

Argyle Winery on a sunny warm afternoon...

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)...

And this!

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.
Here's the "other" Phlomis.

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.

Pittosporum patulum

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!

Corokia cotoneaster

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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  1. Wonderful combinations of Rhodocoma capensis, multitude of grasses and Allium. I imagine how beautiful it looks swaying in the wind. Among the grasses I notice Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition', with the unusual seed head; sadly it didn't succeed in my garden, but its nice to see it in someone else's.

    1. Oh yes, that 'Blonde Ambition' grass definitely made a statement! I'm sorry you didn't have success with it.

  2. What a beautiful landscape. I have never seen a Romneya seedpod either; almost as lovely as the flowers. Thanks for those shadey shots; my personal faves. Impressive that a winery would create a serious landscape like that. Hope the wine was as successful.

  3. A fabulous garden! Wine always tastes better in a garden as glorious as this. Warm sunny day...sigh. Could the cute little mystery plant be Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea?)

    1. I think you got it! Thanks for the ID Peter. And yes, that day was so lovely. I tried to save up the memory of it to replay on the cold, grey, wet, days ahead...

  4. I think Argyle's tasting room used to be on the main drag in Dundee. What a spectacular upgrade!

    1. I don't think it moved, it's still on OR99, it just got a face lift!

  5. Now I want some of the dried Romneya seed pods!

  6. Two hours to travel 30 miles sounds like LA - say it isn't so! Those dried Allium flowers are all the more wonderful because they aren't spray painted. I'm pretty impressed by the Romneya seedpods too and sad that I've already cut my plant down to less than a foot tall (especially as I manged to get stung by fire ants in the process) - I'll have to wait until next year to see those seedpods in person.

    1. Getting there is usually easier, but getting home...just like L.A.

      No spray paint! Gawd I don't understand that trend...

  7. Lovely place to sit, have a glass of wine with friends, and talk plants!

  8. Pearly Everlasting is the mystery plant. You probably know that by now. Those allium are delightful for sure. And it looks like they're purple in the spring. I bought my first Astelia this year. 'Red Devil." Happy camper here. Great post.

  9. Gorgeous! The Alliums in the grasses are just PERFECT! Gosh, I SO wish I had room for a Restio... I also wish I had known you wanted some Verbena bonariensis - I could have shared when I dug them up earlier. Mind you, as is wont with that plant, there will likely be seedlings... Consider yourself warned...
    ~ Anna K


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