As you may remember last fall, I announced (very sadly) that Wind Dancer Gardens was closing. As luck would have it, however, Heather and I spotted the owner, Caroly Kolb, at a recent plant sale. It turns out that she still had stock available, and she graciously invited us to stop by and shop our hearts out!
I was so excited, I practically skipped all the way home. Ok, not really, we were in Canby, that's a LONG way to skip, especially weighted down with plants!
Via the magic of Facebook, I invited some fellow gardeners in the Portland area to attend our little shopping trip, and so, a few weeks a go, we embarked down to Salem to visit Carolyn and her husband.
Don't you love the glowing color of this Geum...the bees certainly did!
The wonderful Deschampsias were just starting to bloom.
I love me some Columbines...and Carolyn has scads!
Divinely golden Carex starting to bloom.
This wonderful Millium was erupting with blooms!
Ahhh...more Columbine goodness!
This picture really does not do justice to the intense coloration of this Clematis.
I've tried and tried to grow this Poppy from seed ('Patty's Plum'), but to no avail! Look at those rich, crepe-paper petals unfurling!
I know that I've noticed Carolyn's succulent/agave collection before...but with Loree along, it was like seeing it for the first time!
She said moving them around is indeed tricky...and dangerous ;-)
I love how Carolyn has added pieces of sculpture and artwork around the garden...each time I visit, I "discover" something new!
Sigh...in my dreams, THIS is what my garden would look like!
Oh...but back to business...there are plants to buy! I seriously wish I had a large space left to plant...I really want a mass of Sesleria autumnalis....oh well...maybe in my next (MUCH BIGGER) garden, right?
It seems I am ever drawn to the allure of the Moor Grasses (Molinia).
We shopped, shopped, and shopped some more...and at the end, here's our group (minus Linda and Phillip, who had to leave earlier). From left to right, Heather, Moi, Loree and Jenni.
And here we have (part of) my haul! I got several Panicum 'Cheyenne Sky', Molinia 'Strahlenquelle', Sesleria autumnalis and Pennisetum macrourum 'White Lancer'. Believe it or not, I've planted almost everything already!
Carolyn still has a good amount of wonderful grasses left, so check out her website HERE. She's open by appointment only...so get out there before it's gone! Also, Carolyn has started her own garden coaching business, and, having seen her garden in person multiple times, I cannot think of anyone I'd rather have designing a garden for me!
And lastly, in case you happen to be in the Portland area the weekend of June 8th, several of us Portland garden bloggers (myself, Heather, Loree, Jane and Ann) are giving a class on blogging at Joy Creek Nursery (info HERE). Do drop by, if you can, we'd love to see you (also, they have cookies). What sort of things would you like to have known when you first started blogging...what do you wish someone had told you?