The Datisca cannabina (aka false hemp) is always a show-stopper for me. That's it above, in the distance, and again below.
And here, backed by a soft blue sky.
One of the many Cephalotaxus harringtonii (aka Japanese plum-yew) that caught my eye. Of course the variegated chestnut is no slacker in the foliage department either.
Semi-wide shot with nolina...
Nolina hibernica 'La Siberica' that is.
I seemed to be captivated by cryptomeria on this trip, stopping to take photos here and of several at the Kubota Garden the next day.
I'm always mesmerized by a fuzzy verbascum.
Crinum 'Cecil Houdyshel'
And again, masked by blooms of a nearby grass.
And a rodgersia looking fabulous so late in the year, it must get a lot of water.
These small, protective cages were all around the garden. They remind me of a project in Lorene Edwards-Forkner's A Handmade Garden, I wonder if she held a workshop at the garden?
I can be charmed by a dark, late-season hydrangea bloom.
Darnit! The Northwest Perennial Alliance has a propagation exhibit and there are usually plants for sale. It wasn't open when I was there, maybe a COVID thing? (this scene was behind a closed door, photo taken through the glass).
There are parts of the garden left natural and wild.
I found this old hebe to be quite a looker.
Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophylla
And finally, the fern garden...
I was rather taken with this one, as it was forming a short trunk.
Online requests for ID resulted in the names Polystichum polyblepharum, Polystichum x dycei, and Dryopteris cycadina—with Polystichum polyblepharum emerging as the likely winner.
I bent to take a photo of the turkey tails, but then noticed there was a fern frond in shadow.
And now I'm looking for a hollow trunk in which to plant a few ferns.
Onoclea sensibilis, the sensitive fern.
Here's another plant whose ID I wondered about.
Perhaps a rhododendron?
And here's our last photo of the visit, definitely a rhododendron, but I couldn't tell you which one.
Weather Diary, Nov 12: Hi 49, Low 36/ Precip .16"
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