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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  1. I have GOT to get down there one of these days. I really like what I've seen in pictures. The shimmering silver beauty is an Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius, probably 'Silver Jubilee'.

    1. The bubbly's a pretty good companion for the garden, too. Their bubbly flights are fantastic!

    2. I hope you go! (Susan) And yes, I can vouch for the bubbles...

  2. Whomever occupies the house that hosted the original tasting room is very lucky: waking up to this garden everyday would be amazing. I appreciate the planting boxes immediately behind the wire vine; the wood aged into a beautiful gray, which makes the rusty corners stand out. Its nice that they have the space for such an impressive divider.

    1. I think that house is offices for the winery, not an actual home.

  3. We haven't been back to Argyle since they redid the tasting room and landscaping - it looks beautiful, we'll have to swing by next time we're out there! Thanks for the virtual tour!

    1. Do it! And enjoy a little wine too...

    2. We definitely will. We still need to do a side by side comparison of Argyle's Brut & Sokol Blosser's Bluebird Sparkling Cuvée. They're both fantastic bubbly, but Argyle's gardens are more impressive for sure.

      Have you by chance been up to Durant's olive groves, lavender garden & nursery? The nursery is somewhat sparse, but I snagged a beautiful Ugni molinae 'Flambeau' Variegated Chilean Guava from them a couple weeks ago. Hoping to root some cuttings of that and my non-variegated variety and fill in some of the sparser areas in our yard! I'm a sucker for edibles, especially since I realized on a visit to One Green World how many of the more exotic berries can grow in our climate.

  4. Love the Allium bulbs with all that billowing grass behind them. Not the landscape I usually associate with a winery, so I was more than pleasantly surprised.

    1. I'm curious what you would usually associate with a winery?

  5. Despite the complexity of the planting scheme, it has a laid-back vibe, perfect for a winery. Wire vine deserves more respect than it usually gets - the Huntington has also made great use of it in a mass planting as I recall.

    1. I've seen wire vine make a nice covering for a chain-link fence too...

  6. The second taste of this garden was as delightful as the first. Wire vine looks great here and it's good that it's surrounded by concrete.

  7. AnonymousMay 23, 2019

    How far our wine country has come since the early days when a lean-to would do. Looking more and more like Napa.

  8. Did Sean say there were over 400 Arctostaphylos varieties?


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