Many years I've visited bundled up against the cold—toes numb by the time I climb back in my car and crank up the heater. During those visits the nursery stock is all tucked in for the season, behind sliding doors and near heaters. When I visited earlier this month there was none of that, our winter continues to surprise with warm (for winter) temperatures and sunny days "sprinkled" throughout. I am not complaining…
Of course visiting a nursery in January is a great way to get inspired and clued in to plants that will dress up your winter garden, like this Garrya elliptica.
Or a mahonia, like this one (perhaps Mahonia x media 'Charity'?) which is blooming in the shady garden at the front of the nursery.
Nearby the fronds of a Chamaerops humilis are doing a most excellent "jazz hands" thing.
This scene supports the illusion I've walked miles through a jungle and there's a village ahead...
Alas it's a village selling plants, which of course is fine with me.
Agave 'Burnt Burgundy'
Agave montana backed by Yucca 'Blue Sentry'.
Does this look like January in Portland? No. The answer is no.
There's one in every crowd, right?
Sweet! (someone please breed a cyclamen with orange flowers!)
Camellia sasanqua 'Setsugekka'
The bamboo grove to the north of the nursery proper has been cleared out a little over the last year or so. It's absolutely gorgeous now...
Looking back to where I've just been.
Inside the "Big-Top" now, where I stop to lust after this giant staghorn fern. I used to hate them, but I am coming around, slowly.
More plant fun in the "Big-Top"...
Things are very spiky!
Small Agave bracteosa...
x Mangave 'Failing Waters'
A look back...
Before we head outside again...
Beschorneria decosteriana backed by a eucalyptus.
Perhaps Kniphofia x 'Christmas Cheer'?
And now I'm further back on the property and in the private garden of Sean Hogan and Preston Pew, aka "Rancho Cistus". I came to drop off a copy of Fearless Gardening, but of course stopped to take photos of the plants in the desert island. Agave 'Sharkskin' I presume.
I threatened to count the agaves...
But the light was fading fast. So no counting on this trip, but I promised to return and do so this summer. I was told there would be even more then.
Nice combination, Pinus contorta 'Chief Joseph' with a tall Yucca rostrata.
The front of Sean and Preston's house...
And just like that the sun has fallen further and it's time for me to head home.
But not before I stop at the edge of the Sauvie Island bridge to snap a photograph of Mt Hood in the distance. There are several places around town where you get an unobstructed view, but today it was especially nice, glowing even...
Weather Diary, Jan 17: Hi 52, Low 39/ Precip 0
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