Once there I took my own photo, had I been thinking I would have tried for one taken from the same spot as Patrick's, instead mine is reversed. Thus you get the porta-potty in the distance and part of an awning roof with orange cones. Most curious however are those folding chairs—perhaps a stand in for a more garden appropriate bench that's on order?
I have to admit, as a pile of rocks in an open parking lot it felt a little underwhelming, that is until I started to look closer.
Agave albopilosa... the "tufted agave"
It's so good, I was thrilled to see it here. Since the garden is located on a piece of land in Puget Sound—surrounded by water—it's bound to be a pretty mild location by Western Washington standards. It will be interesting to see how this plant does.
Oh, looky there, a small "boggy" area...
With sarracenia, darlingtonia and it looks like some pinguicula too.
Dudleya (not sure which ones).
Oh! Bommeria hispida!
As you can see I was just sort of pinballing back and forth around the rocks snapping photos of plants, no rhyme or reason really to my progression. Proof—now a random opuntia.
I was rather enchanted by this little fern...Polystichum imbricans.
My Hardy Fern Foundation Fall Quarterly arrived in late October and it included several essays celebrating the fact Heronswood is now a HFF affiliated garden. One written by John van den Meerendonk included this bit..."newly installed rockery/slab/sub-alpine rockery with little seen ferns and other gems from the Cascade's, Siskiyou's, and Rock mountains. It is so nice to be able to see Polystichum lonchitis attempted here, near sea level, saving us a hike into the high country." In other words I guess I won't be finding this at a local nursery and growing it in my garden.
There they are, all by their lonesome. There are two Polystichum imbricans in this photo, can you spot them?
One last rock garden photo...
And then we turn our eyes to the planted rock walls that surround the parking lot area.
My agave-loving eyes were thrilled to see these large beauties.
Perhaps Agave salmiana var. ferox?
So many pups!
There were opuntia as well.
And even an aloe! Aloe maculata, backed by Grevillea x gaudichaudii.
The parking lot boarders held more cool plants than some gardens do!
Those agaves again.
And a sweet Agave bracteosa.
It looks a little like it's going to slide right down that wall and scurry across the parking lot.
Aloe aristata (Aristaloe aristata)
And maybe Agave 'Burnt Burgundy'? Backed by a lot of blooming colchicum.
I love how they've made use of the crevices in the rock wall and tucked in agaves and aloes.
Check out this huge over-planted container.
That's some major cramscaping.
And this, an ornamental peach.
I'll close this post with another screenshot from Patrick McMillan's talk for the NHS. Another project on the horizon for the garden... pretty cool eh? I've got one more Heronswood post coming up, maybe next week—stay tuned!
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