First off...a big THANK YOU to all of you out there who piped up with words of commiseration and encouragement after last week's vandalism...it really helped me get out of the funk I found myself in afterwards. In case it was ever in question (and it wasn't) GARDEN BLOGGERS ROCK!
This weekend was a GREAT weekend. First off, the weather finally turned and we had cool (even cloudy) mornings...and sunny by cooler afternoons. I had some gardening friends over on Saturday, which was great fun (of course), and gave me an excuse to finally sweep and shovel the loose gravel off our driveway.
On Sunday, I was also lucky enough to visit Joy Creek Nursery to hear a lecture by Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, owners of Far Reaches Farm in Port Townsend, WA. Of course, any excuse to visit my favorite nursery is welcome, right?!?
Kelly (above, left) and Sue regaled us with tales of their trips to far-off lands (mostly China) in which they searched for and catalogued hundreds and thousands of plants, some of which were new discoveries. It was interesting and entertaining, as they showed us some of their favorite new introductions (one of which was an amazing Iris that I failed to get the name of...argh!).
Sedum and Panicum 'Shenandoah'
My willpower prevailed, however, and I decided to venture out into the display gardens and take a look at how things were doing. It seems I seldom visit Joy Creek in the height of summer, so it was a treat seeing things so big and full. I love Panicum 'Shenandoah' (above), and hope mine looks this good someday (although mine are probably in too much shade to look this fabulous). Now that I think of it...I think I bought mine here a few years ago on Maurice's recommendation. A word to the wise, if he ever recommends a plant to you...LISTEN, the man knows what he's talking about!
I wish I had remembered to ask what this yellow-flowered Sedum was...I loved it in contrast to the red-flowered variety next to it...must put in on my "must-have" list for next time I visit.
Right as we entered the display garden, off to the right of the driveway, we were greeted by this amazing Molinia...truly spectactular! I have to say, they've sited it perfectly, backed by the dark-leaved tree (Beech, perhaps) so you can really see that gauzy scrim of blooms and stems. I'm not entirely sure which Molinia this is, my initial thought was 'Skyracer', but it could very well be 'Transparent'. Either way, LOVE it!
In the far reaches of the display beds was this amazing display of Helenium ('Tijuana Brass', I think).
I think (judging by the seedpods) that this is a form of Asclepias...but I'm not entirely sure! I've never seen one this exact color...and the flowers seemed different, as well. I'll have to remember to ask next time.
Another Clematis I found in the display gardens...just stunning backlit!
As I approached the Danger Zone (a.k.a, the retail area) I caught sight of this resplendent Molinia 'Variegata'. Backlit by the afternoon sun, the entire plant was ablaze with color...I could feel my resolve weakening...
...and even though I SWORE I wasn't going to buy anything...and don't even know where I'm going to put it, I got that Molinia anyway! I should have known better, I can never resist Joy Creek's plants...but I consider it extremely amazing that I didn't buy more.
They have a nice crop of Schizachyrium (Little Bluestem) this year that I would love to have bought...but unless my neighbor agrees to let me plant his space...no way. They also had a few stunning Andropogon (Big Bluestem) for sale that I REALLY wanted. However, I do have a variety of Andropogon already that struggles to stay upright due to our lack of a full-sun spot in our yard...so, sadly, it stayed behind.
So, that was my garden-centric weekend...and our fabulous weather is still going strong...I hope you all had a great weekend too :-)