Friday, April 16, 2021

Scenes from my visit to Joy Creek and Cistus nurseries

Today's post is a random look at things I saw while I was out shopping (plant shopping!) last week. First this breathtaking tree at Joy Creek Nursery. Sign says Manglietia insignis but we'll call it Magnolia insignis.

It's just gosh darn beautiful.

I have no idea what this charming grass might be, but I am intrigued.

I loved seeing their Dasylirion bloom still standing proud.

And finally (for Joy Creek), this fun sign near the check out area. If you're wondering that's a Clematis macropetala 'Mountaindale'.

We're at Cistus now and looking up, because you never know what interesting combinations you'll see up in the sky.

I've snapped this photo previously, because it's just so HOT. That mahonia is Mahonia nitens.

This stunner was part of a newly arrived shipment out front, labeled as Michelia crassipes.

I wanted to call it Magnolia laevifolia, but what do I know? 

Agave bracteosa!

Every once and awhile I get a bit of a flashback to the awe and wonder I felt the first time I ever visited Cistus Nursery. I got that here, as I entered this corner pavilion.

Tetrapanax! Everybody needs one.

Inside the big-top greenhouse now. 

And that's a cycad! Wowsa.

Mangave some somebody.

Agave filifera ssp. schidigera 'White Stripe'

Aeonium canariense

Echeveria lilacina

Well now. That's another AMAZING cycad (or three)...

Tuesday I shared photos of a new to me mahonia, M. lomariifolia ssp. tenuifolia I purchased at Cistus. Here's that same mahonia in a garden setting.

Speaking of garden settings. I can't visit Cistus and not share a few images of the rock garden island at Rancho Cistus. It just gets better and better.

This opuntia skeleton was laid out on a nearby rock, and with the heart shaped leaf too!

Before I left I tucked into a greenhouse with my friend Ann, the "seedstress" at Cistus, where I was greeted by no less then 10,000 aspidistra. No, that's not an official count. But seriously!

There were a lot of aspidistra.

And a few billbergia, you just never know what you'll find at Cistus.

Weather Diary, April 15: Hi 76, Low 42/ Precip 0 

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  1. I cannot WAIT to make it back to Portland. Thank you for tiding me over!

  2. That "grass" thing IS very intriguing. I love those striking, blackish bloom spikes. But what really got me were the Cycads. OMG, knock me over with a feather!

  3. You do Magnolias right in Oregon! I enjoyed both spins through the nurseries. The Opuntia leaf skeleton was very interesting.

    1. I need to make it down to the Bishop's Close just south of town. I have never been there for magnolia bloom but I hear it's gorgeous.

  4. Woo hoo! It was great to see you, Loree! I love the trio of nurseries you visited, I do that too. So the first photo we have listed in inventory as Michelia platypetala? Not sure of the taxonomy of Magnolias but that's what Mike has it listed as. The cool grass is Carex elata 'Aurea' (Bowels Golden) and is a fabulous one. Cheers!

    1. Thank you for you hospitality AND the plant names!

  5. Oh to be able to go plant shopping again. The aeonium is stunning. Love those colours. All of your trips have me yearning to one day to a tour of all the Oregon nurseries. One day post Covid, sigh!

    1. Yes! Come to Oregon for plant shopping... you won't regret it!

  6. Looks like springtime up north, too. :)

  7. I can't imagine gardening with such amazing exotic looking plants !
    I like it very much that a nursery has my name in it too ? LOL
    Such amazing interesting plants that I would never normally see .. thank you !

    1. You'll have to visit Joy Creek in person someday...


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