A few weeks ago, I got to go on another field trip of sorts with some fellow gardeners (plant geeks). This is the 2nd time I've been able to go and we had a blast. It seems we always hope to make it to more destinations than we actually are able to, and end up cutting a few on the day of, when we realize there is no such thing as a "short" stop at a nursery, at least not for the truly plant-crazed!
For some reason, I started sorting through my photos from the back, so we start with our last stop, Cistus Nursery, located on Sauvie Island, just West of Portland.
Oh, and for the posts of my travelling companions for the day, check out danger garden and Amateur Bot-Ann-Ist.
Let's take a moment before getting started to admire this Cherry blossom...and let me take a moment to tell (warn) you that a lot of these plants are outside my area of expertise...so if I get them wrong (or just say something like "Pretty Plant"), feel free to correct me ;=)
I believe this is a Mimosa...don't you just love that red-flushed foliage...so dramatic.
I believe this is a Dyckia...those serrated leaf edges are pretty cool, right!
I have absolutely no idea what this is...but I yellow foliage in the background certainly shows off it's chocolatey-purple foliage to nice effect.
Yay! A plant I know and love...the wonderfully lush Oxalis oregana.
I think this is a Yucca...I really dig the ghostly-white coloration and the sparse spines...very elegant.
You can't throw a stick in Portland during early spring without hitting at least one Hellebore ;-)
|Melianthus bloom||Ferns unfolding|
You know I love me pretty much every Arctostaphylos ever created! I didn't realize until I was going through my photos, however, that this one is covered in black spots...eek! What are they, do you think?
Corylopsis spicata 'Aurea'
These tiny little Corylopsis spicata 'Aurea' were just sitting innocently on the floor of one of the greenhouses, but somehow managed to captivate me. I absolutely adore yellow/gold foliage...and with the pink flushing and herringbone patterning, it was a MUST BUY! Where am I going to put it...who knows!
I think this may be some sort of Penstemon...but am not sure. Either way, love those soft shell-pink flowers against the deep claret foliage.
|Yellow Orchid||Pink Orchid|
These little species Gladioulus are SO LOVELY, I would love to have them scattered around the garden.
In addition to it's bright, bi-colored flowers, this Pelargonium had the most amazing, fuzzy foliage.
I am totally smitten by the foliage of this Echeveria (I think). Wouldn't these look amazing surrounded by something with chartreuse foliage...oh yeah!
|Yucca seedhead||California Pipe Vine|
I leave you with the cherry-red flower of a Podophyllum as our parting shot today. Next up, we'll visit the amazing gardens of McMenamins Kennedy School!