During my last visit (February of 2020) their Dicksonia antarctica was wrapped up for winter. It's nice to see it looking all gorgeously prehistoric with it's trunk showing.
I didn't get the name of this large leaved rhododendron but included it to show what a great pairing it makes with the nearby ferns.
Stumps with moss and ferns, what's not to love?
Arisaema foliage I believe?
Cyrtomium falcatum, aka Japanese holly fern
A cute little saxifraga...
More Cyrtomium falcatum with Woodwardia unigemmata (I think?).
Of course it's all about the small details and so I had to lean in to see what was going on here.
And that's when I got a re-education about Saxifraga stolonifera ‘Maroon Beauty’...
Because how cute is it tucked in with that moss? Am I right? I could not wait to buy this plant I'd formerly dismissed!
I still don't know what this one is. It looks a little like a phlebodium but I just don't know...
This however, Dryopteris sieboldii.
And a bit of Pyrrosia sheareri unassumingly tucked in.
Maybe this is a better angle. You know I wanted to cut that yellow frond in the above photo.
I know those of you who do not live in Western Washington or Oregon probably think this is what our gardens look like year-round.
That is not the case. Most of the Western Pacific Northwest is golden and parched by the time early September rolls around, especially this year with a very dry spring, a record setting hot June and a dry and very warm July and August. I really would love to learn about the irrigation schedule here at the garden, it must be pretty extreme to keep all these beauties alive and looking so lush.
I really should remember the name of this yellow bloomer, darn it! **update: Kirengeshoma palmata, thanks luv2garden**
That's it again in the upper right hand corner of this photo, but the signage is referring to the small round-leaved groundcover directly below it, it's a good one.
Blechnum penna-marina/Austroblechnum penna-marina
Oh to have a flat, tall stump to plant up for vertical interest.
I spy a pyrrosia!
More lushness for your enjoyment...
Handbag for scale? No, I just wasn't paying attention.
The sensitive fern, aka Onoclea sensibilis.
And finally, more of my latest obsession, Saxifraga stolonifera ‘Maroon Beauty’. If you're a fan of the fern, I suggest joining the Hardy Fern Foundation, hardyferns.org. Benefits of membership include: "quarterly newsletter, free year-round admission to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, access to our spore exchange, the fall fern sale, special events, and more!"
This concludes the extended coverage of my September 2021 visit to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. The previous posts can be found here: haul, Part One, Part Two, Part Three.
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