Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Argyle Winery in May

This was my second visit to Argyle Winery, the first was on a beautiful day late last September, the kind of day that allows you to think summer will go on forever (here).

That was fall, this is spring! As evidenced by that ceanothus in full glorious bloom (I think the white flowers may belong to a choisya, but I'm not sure).

Those grasses manage to display a little fall character .

I have no idea what this cool plant is...

The reason for this visit was an event the Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) put together. Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery was leading a tour (Sean/Cistus did the garden design). I got there a little early so I could take photos pre-tour.

This was one of my favorite vignettes last time I visited. This time I wanted to pull the tulip foliage, but other than that it was still looking grand.

Love the combo of Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’ and Astelia.

I have no memory of taking this photo but love the tangle dead center. I wonder what it is?

Ah the restios, Rhodocoma capensis, they are the stars of the Argyle garden.

Moving on...

Pittosporum patulum and acacia pravissima

Pittosporum patulum and Acacia pravissima, closer upper.

I didn't get the name of this shimmering silver beauty.

I thought the tall structure was something built for the redone tasting room (when the production facilities moved and the garden created) but I learned that wasn't the case, it was actually one of the original structures. It certainly suits the space. Or maybe I should say, the space suits it.

Last September the dried allium seedheads were amazing. Now I'm seeing them on the other side, pre-bloom.

I wish I could remember the number of Arctostaphylos we were told are planted in the garden, the quantity was staggering.

But of course my heart belongs to the Yucca rostrata.

They've got so much personality.

These four are outside the fence, along the main street through town.

The house was the original tasting room.

I'm calling this Phlomis 'Sunningdale Gold', based only on it's location and the completely GOLDEN plant I fell for on my last visit. Perhaps it takes a little heat to color up?

Unknown, but lovely, mahonia.

I do love me a Fatshedera.

Walking back into the garden...

By the bocce ball court...

And towards those comfortable chairs.

And stopping to appreciate the excellent use of wire vine, Muehlenbeckia axillaris, on my way in to grab a glass of wine...

Weather Diary, May 20: Hi 63, Low 53/ Precip .05

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Agaves in Dundee, Oregon

Today I'm rewinding to May 6th, when I made the trip to Dundee, Oregon, to have lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in years. After lunch we went back to her house and that's when I saw this...

OMG! Cool plants alert, and she just drove right by like it was no big deal. Well, I went back later and snapped a few photos.

This opuntia was not planted recently. There's some history here.

Agave parryi, I believe.


I don't know which to be more impressed with, the massive opuntia or the pristine agaves.

I'm guessing this one is Agave neomexicana...wait a minute...do you see what I see?

Look at those center leaves! It looks like it's fixing to bloom!!! Hmm...

That palm's been there awhile too. I really should have knocked on the door and asked questions, but I was due at Argyle Winery for a tour with the ANLD and Sean Hogan so I didn't really have time to chat (that tour will be tomorrow's blog post).

I wish I had an opuntia as impressive as this.

The long view...

Another Agave parryi, with pups.

Lots of pups! Oh and look at that rock (a featherock I believe) with a planting pocket.

This image sort of reminds me of my front garden, once upon a time. I kept the hot-pink rhododendron against our house long past when I'd replaced all the other other plants and could have gotten rid of it.

Okay, so back to that agave that I thought was about to bloom. Later I mentioned the garden to my Dundee friend, Denise, and told her about the agave. She knew exactly what garden I was talking about (turns out she had admired it) and said she'd keep an eye on the agave and send me updates. To refresh (so you don't have to page up). This is what it looked like on May 6th...

I received these next two images from Denise on May 12th...

Can you even believe this? Six days later and it looks like this...

And here's what it looked like on May 18th. Damn. If Denise keeps the updates coming I'll keep sharing them. Heck, I might have to make another drive down to Dundee...

Weather Diary, May 19: Hi 65, Low 51/ Precip .39

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