Last October, with just a few minutes to kill, I made an impromptu stop at the Pacific Connections Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum.
These plants are just off Washington Park Blvd, a busy street, and looking lovely in the afternoon sunlight.
Mulitple Gunnera and large Blechnum chilense (I think) set the tone for what lies beyond.
There have been a couple Fascicularia doing well here for years. I wonder what they look like after this year's historic snowfall?
I should have made a point to stop by and check on them when I was up in Seattle for the NWFG Show.
Sadly there's never enough time to do it all.
Wow. This was an insane feeling. I approached the Pacific Connections Garden from the opposite side that I normally do. The combination of a different angle and it being a few years since I visited (last visit was October 2015, that means three years, how is that possible!?!) had me feeling completely disoriented. Everything had grown so much! I started in the New Zealand section.
At least the way-finding signs were still visible.
The Hebe ochracea of my dreams, not to mention that monster Phormium.
Basically I just walked along a main pathway and swooned. Pointing my camera wherever something especially stunning caught my eye.
That's an entire grove of Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem' (I think, I saw a label on a couple of plants so I assume that's what they all are)...
This fabulous tiny-leaved shrub grabbed my attention on my last visit, but now I think I know what it is: Coprosma rugosa. I scored one of these when I visited Far Reaches last August (here), and I remember Kelly saying something about the Pacific Connections Garden as he handed it to me.
Look at those little berries! I'm giddy...
The fog that had been at my heels all day (starting out at my stop in Kalama that morning) was creeping back in.
Another view of the Coprosma rugosa.
And over in the Australian section the much admired (by me) Grevillea x gaudichaudii.
What was I thinking not making this place a priority stop when I was up Seattle way last month? Someone please tell me you stopped by recently and this plant is still looking this good.
Lomatia tinctoria, another which it would have been nice to check in on.
So many seed pods back in October!
Weather Diary, Mar 6: Hi 37, Low 30/ Precip .16 (snow)
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