Friday, March 8, 2019

The Pat Calvert Greenhouse and the Graham Visitors Center...again

While I didn't make it by to check on the Pacific Connections Garden during my late February trip up to Seattle I did manage to stop in at the Pat Calvert Greenhouse at the Arboretum.

Several branches of this Callistemon were arched over and almost laying in the parking lot, no doubt because of the excessive snowfall. All the better to admire the fabulous seedpods.

This Schefflera delavayi was looking a little down-trodden. I'm sure it will perk up once the temperatures do.

Ditto for this one.

There's that elusive Helleborus foetidus. I've found it in multiple nurseries now but never blooming. Such a curious plant.

This Cordyline indivisa looks a little weather-worn, but like it will pull through.

Now to visit the Agaves! But first we have to climb over the dirty glacier.

As you may remember the one on the right bloomed last year (that's it's bent over stalk).

I wonder how long they'll leave this in place?

The one on the left still looks good.

And there are multiple pups.

Clippings protect what I think are Gunnera, maybe there are other plants in there too. The entire arboretum was hit hard by the crazy February snowfall, read about it here, on the UW Botanic Gardens Blog.

Wow! That's the most impressive Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum' I've ever seen...

I really need to get on the Cyclamen bandwagon all ready. That foliage!

Rhododendron rex ssp. fictolacteum and Epimedium wushanense

Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiralis' and a variegated Osmanthus.


The plants for sale were mostly undercover.

Although a few hardy ones were left out to their own devices.

Still so cold! (this was February 23rd)

The one house with a roof had some treasures on display.

I'm a sucker for a Podocarpus that's colored up for the winter.

And so a 'Blue Gem' came home with me. Only $5 and it turns out I lusted after this plant at the PC Gardens back in 2016 so I feel good about the purchase.

Hebe 'Hinerua', for some crazy reason I passed on this one.

But I grabbed another H. ochracea for only $4, I can always find a place for another one of these...

Weather Diary, March 7: Hi 47, Low 35/ Precip .04"

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  1. I love all parts of Callistemon. It's gorgeous while covered in blooms and later too, when the seedpods are forming. We also share a love for Hebe James sterling. Congrats on the new addition. My older specimens is actually sprouting volunteers, which I'm thrilled about.

    1. I remember when I first discovered we could grow Callistemon here in the PNW...I was so excited! (still am)

  2. Ha! I smiled at the "dirty glacier." Every time someone says how pretty snow is, that is the picture that comes to my mind. They have no idea how ugly it truly is. My Schefflera looked a lot like those, but they've perked up since then. You really do need some Cyclamen!

  3. Looks pretty good to me, mostly. Too bad they aren't making more use of that large growing area behind the greenhouses...

  4. I agree. We both need to plant some of those Cyclamen. The leaf variety is so beautiful. Would love to be able to grow those Hebes.

  5. I think I need Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum'. Where I'd put it is another question entirely.

    1. I had one but it never looked that good. I gave it away.

  6. Hopefully things warm up soon. It's been snowing here on and off for the last three days. Thank goodness it's been a degree or two above freezing during the snowfall or we'd have deep snow again. Glad you found a couple of new plants.

    1. Ya, it snowed here last week too, several days. I think we may have finally turned the corner though?


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