Friday, May 10, 2024

More from the RSBG last June

We're back at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden for the second half of my visit last June, 2023. If you've read any of my previous posts on the RSBG you know it's not just Rhododendrons—there are a whole lot of ferns there too, including many pyrrosia. This pyrrosia planting in that hollowed out log is one of my favorites.

This one is nearby...

I can't give you definitive ID on either, which is both frustrating (you'll see a lot of things in this garden that are rare in cultivation and thus hard to find) and fabulous (cool new plants to lust after!)

Speaking of cool, don't we all want a moss-covered fallen tree stump to plant up with treasures?

Rhododendron calophytum var. calophytum

Rhododendron glischrum ssp. rude (seriously)

So fuzzy!

So colorful...

Why plant just one scheffflera (maybe S. delavayi) when you can plant three?

Pyrrosia sheareri in the lower right hand corner.

This is one of the entrances to the stumpery section of the garden, that's a tree fern (Dicksonia antarctica) on the left.

Cyrtomium (a genus of about 35 species of ferns), but I'm not sure which ones.
Scenes from the stumpery...

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Pretty fantastic aren't they?

Lonicera crassifolia blooming on the stump.

Ferns and ferns! (one of them a fabulous pyrrosia)

Yes, that one...

Blechnum penna-marina (Austroblechnum penna-marina, alpine water fern)

Cardiocrinum giganteum on the right now. I might be repeating myself/my photos from the opposite side, but when it's all this beautiful, who cares?

Onoclea sensibilis, the sensitive fern

This wall-o-rhododendron is R. williamsianum. Look at that mass of foliage...

And then consider that I have two of these planted in my small garden. (Oh my!)

Towards the alpine rock garden now, on my way to the exit.

And just one more photo, of what might be Adiantum pedatum ‘Imbricatum’. Hope you enjoyed this walk around the RSBG, if you're coming to the Puget Sound Fling in July you'll be visiting the garden yourself!

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  1. I love the Rhododendron glischrum ssp. rude, although I suspect there's not a chance it'd grow here. I would be very happy to have a large moss-covered tree stump but I note that, despite the continuation of cooler-than-usual temperatures here, all that nice moss I had when rain was falling regularly has turned brown. Meanwhile, the 2 largest stumps I have are routinely enveloped by ivy.

    1. Well you may not be able to grow many of these plants in your climate, but hopefully you'll enjoy seeing them when you visit in a couple of months.

  2. Lovely photos of some great plants!

    The very high trees create a wonderful atmosphere down near the ground.

    I would have thought that the big trees would have sucked up all of the moisture out of the ground, but that does not seem to be the case when you look at how healthy all of the plants are.

    PS. I ordered the Rhododendron williamsianums :)

    1. There are a couple of decent sized lakes/ponds nearby, so I'm betting the water table is pretty high here and they water with abandon, thus everything stays pretty green and healthy. (I'm glad you ordered them!)


  3. So green and lush, but for the selection of plants it looks like Hawaii.

  4. Oh, I really look forward to seeing this garden. The Cardiocrinum is beautiful, holy cow. I adore that fuzz on the rhody. And the rounded leaves of Rhododendron williamsianum.

    1. It's pretty fabulous, hopefully new cardiocrinum will be blooming for your visit.

  5. Looking forward to seeing it again in person. I am guessing all the fuzzy new rhododendron growth will be less prominent in July though?

  6. AnonymousMay 11, 2024

    "This wall-o-rhododendron" williamsianum... I bought one last year thinking it's a miniature variety (some sites describe it as such). It sailed through its first winter in a planter and even bloomed. I'll keep its eventual size in mind when I plant it in the garden.
    I consider buying Onoclea sensibilis. I know you grow this fern. Do you find it quite hardy? (Not too sensitive?)

    1. Onoclea sensibilis is a wonderful fern as long as you can keep it watered in the summertime. It will go dormant if you allow the ground to dry. It also goes dormant very quickly with the first hint of frost. It's very happy right now in my garden with all the rain we got earlier in the month.

  7. Ferns, Rhododendrons, and mosses...what could be better? And that Cardiocrinum giganteum--very impressive and beautiful!


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