I resisted the temptation to take photographs, with the exception of this. I had to capture the object behind my annual moment of pure lust —Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta'.
It is such a beautiful plant, and so unhappy growing in my garden, in a container. Thus I walked on without succumbing to its charms.
The Outlaw's RPR haul. I also couldn't resist a photo with such a dramatic sky in the background.
After loading up our purchases we hopped in our cars and raced out to Sauvie Island, for a visit to Cistus Nursery. This sign near the back of the "Big Top" (the large covered area that is the heart of the retail nursery) seemed to be telling me to go away. They couldn't be serious? I ignored it.
Vines twisting up the wire fencing. I love the look.
Azara dentata 11th Avenue—it smells SO GOOD! "With sweet fragrance from its bright yellow flowers in spring, this evergreen Chilean shrub or small tree shines in the mixed border. Sun to part sun with a bit of summer water. Easily pruned to tree form, plants can reach 12 ft or so but can be trimmed and maintained at smaller sizes. Frost hardy in the Pacific Northwest, at temperatures of 12 °F, USDA zone 8. This clone from a tree on 11th Avenue in Portland."
Didn't catch the name of this abutilon, just appreciated it's form.
Ditto for these golden spikes in the display garden.
Right along the Cistus driveway Yucca treculeana is throwing up a huge bloom...
I think it looks a little protea-like at this stage. Do you see it too?
Back home this was my view as I started to back into our driveway. I love it when the sun hits this corner just right.
So here's my haul. First of all my bougainvillea fairy god-father delivered BIG TIME this year. Not one, but two gorgeous plants.
This unusually colored beauty goes by the name of Bougainvillea 'Sharon Wesley'.
The second (unlabled) plant is the traditional hot-pink bougainvillea.
This bounty means I've got a plant for the back garden (Sharon) and one for the front garden (pinky). They're already in their respective spots, you'll probably see them tomorrow on Garden Blogger's Bloomday.
Peter also passed along a plant from the dear departed Ron of the Desert Hillside Botanical Gardens in Yakima, WA. I'd wished I had asked Ron about this odd cactus the last time I visited (May of 2019), or begged a small piece of it, but my visit was so full that I did not.
Thanks to Peter I've now got one of my own. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it makes me very happy.
So what else did I get? Here's my RPR haul, small as it is. There's sarracenia hybrid (lower left corner), because I have a project lined up that needs one.
I also purchased three large tillandsias, pups from a plant that had started to bloom but then made pups instead. Burl (owner at RPR) said he'd originally identified it as Tillandsia grandis but then decided that wasn't right. I think he mentioned the name he was currently going with but I didn't manage to track it.
Because I've had success with my trashcan staghorn I bought another—Platycerium bifurcatum 'Netherlands'. I love the form of this plant and have a fun idea for how I'll plant (mount) this one, stay tuned!
Peter sent me this colorful image of part of his haul once he was back home. His begonia lust was satiated at good old Marbott's Nursery in NE Portland. Not pictured are the many cool plants he bought at Cistus.
Finally, Andrew and I wrapped up this day with take-out dinner from McMenamins Kennedy School and so I snapped a couple of photos there too. Fremontodendron californicum...
The glorious spikes...
The generous planting of Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’...
And one of a pair of arctostaphylos trained as a standard and under planted with mangaves. This cool combination has stood proud for a couple of years now. Experimenting pays off!
It was a very good day...
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