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.
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...
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