First off, a big THANK YOU to everyone who posted encouraging words on my last post about our presentation at Joy Creek. I'm glad to announce that it went really well, my fellow speakers did a fantabulous job (as I knew they would) and I was able to make it through the whole thing without crying...basicially, we were awesome, and it rocked ;-)
While I was pretty wiped out for the rest of Saturday, I really wanted to visit Xera Plants on their opening weekend, so the next day, Sunday, I found myself in the car heading to their new (and first ever) retail location.
The store is located at SE 11th and Clay...which is super close to my house. As I walked around the corner, these signs greeted me...so excited!
The space isn't huge, but it's crammed with all manner of fun plants.
Xera partnered with Bob Hyland's Potted to provide some very cool planters (including some he's already planted up, mainly with succulents).
One of those classic Portland plants, Cistus, a.k.a., the Rock Rose. I love this white for with the deep red blotches. The flowers really do resemble single roses...very classy, don't you think?
I fell in love with this Oxalis...it's hard to tell, but it has the tiniest leaves of any Oxalis I've ever seen!
Another cool plant, Rubus lineatus, the pleated foliage is so nice, right?
I ran into Linda (of Whatsitsgarden) while I was there, and we walked along, happily chatting and pointing out cool plants.
She even brought her sweet little Boston Terriers with her...they are the sweetest and always give me puppy kisses (plants and puppies, does it get any better?)
Another Knofophia...this time with yellow blooms.
I was happy to see a few Geraniums in the nursery...this is my fave "Rozanne" and a hot pink variety...love the two together...an electric combo!
I loved this one, planted with a few varieties of Hens & Chicks...the light caught them just perfectly.
Someday I'm going to find room for this Epimedium...I swear it!
Another Cistus, pink this time...don't you love those tissue-like blooms!
This is actually the water feature I've wanted in my back yard. I love how simple it is...sort of evocative of an agrarian background...and the mix of metal and concrete really appeals to me, for some reason.
I love the little pom-pom flowers of this plant, I tink it's a form of Cotula.
More low pots...I really dig these...and just wish I could find a place for one.
Lobelia laxiflora, I remember this from having seen it in Ryan Miller's garden last summer.
Did I mention succulent planters?
Here are two of the business partners, Bob Hyland (left) and Greg Shepherd (right).
I'm one of those gardeners who touches EVERYTHING, so I always have to mentally remind myself NOT to do that with cactus.
I have to say, I'm enormously excited that Xera has opened a store...and that it's SO close to my house. If you are in the Portland area, you owe it to yourself to pay them a visit...you won't leave empty-handed!
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You know, I think that probably is the only place it might be happy...sadly, it's so full, I don't know where I could squeeze one in...but if something dies, I'll take you up on the offer ;-)Delete
Great pictures of the plants and containers there at Xera. Gotta make the trip down to check out that store. I really want one of those enormous low concrete bowls. And that Epimedium with the red edge.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear your presentation at Joy Creek went well. I knew you guys would just kill it.
Isn't that Epimedium gorgeous! I'm totally playing around in my garden this week...trying to find a spot for one of those bowls!Delete
Your photography make Xera look even more special (and it is)!ReplyDelete
It really is!Delete
It's great to have a Xeric nursery in Portland, I will have to get down there. Your photos are great as usual. I'm sorry to have missed the Joy Creek class, my daughter was visiting from San Francisco. It's cool to be building up the Portland blogging community,ReplyDelete
I totally understand, Summers are so busy :-) I hope you make it down to Xera some time, it's lots of fun to see all their plants at once!Delete
Great place! Good to hear your presentation went well. I LOVE those Rock Roses, and the Oxalis, and the Lobelia ... oh, and all the succulents! This is the first year I've planted a succulent garden--never been into it much before, but it sure is fun!ReplyDelete
You would LOVE this nursery, then!Delete
I've got all my Xera plants in the ground ... That day!ReplyDelete
OMG Linda...you are too good...mine is still sitting on my porch...you make me look bad!Delete
You did buy something?Delete
Love it all! Really. I love living in a small town, but when it comes to thinking about all of the wonderful nurseries I miss.... ugh! Makes me want to move to a city! So fun they are just around the block!!! And no shame - I love those low planters too! Good placement for one is the key, I think.ReplyDelete
Agreed, they have to be placed well...not just thrown anywhere. There are definitely times I want to live in a small town (or even in the country) but it really is hard to give up the creature comforts of living in the city ;-)Delete
Congrats on your successful panel! As my old grandma Tessie used to say whenever one of us did something great, "I'm not surprised ..." And I have fallen in love with that red and white Cistus, sadly not a plant you see in this region.ReplyDelete
Hahahaha, that sounds like my Grams too ;-) Even in Portland, Cistus isn't widely planted...but it's a beautiful plant, when it's happy :-)Delete
So many great photos! If you have room for a Rubus lineatus, I'd be happy to share. It is a blackberry relative, and always seems to expand outward - not in an invasive way, but generous.ReplyDelete
If only! Sadly, I'll be lucky to find a spot for that little Eryngium! I'll have to content myself to enjoying the Rubus in other people's gardens :-)Delete
Hi Scott, that nursery is beautiful and very interesting! I wouldn't have left without a pot of that Rubus lineatus, it's awesome!ReplyDelete
I also like the yellow knifophia, more in the white green side of yellow, they have an almost ghostly appearance.
PS: that dog doesn't look as sweet as you described him... but I'll take your word for it. :-)
Hahahahaha...he really was a sweetheart...he seems wary at first, but if you kneel down to pet him, he's all sweetness ;-)Delete
Glad to hear that your talk at Joy Creek went well! Xera being close to your house - how lucky can a gardener get? Can't wait to visit Portland again to see this place in person!ReplyDelete
Yeah, Peter, you'll love it!Delete
You're so lucky to have yet another fantastic nursery to choose from. Down here in the Sacramento Valley independent nurseries are closing instead of opening...ReplyDelete
Sadly, Gerhard, we've lost a few over the past few years too...I guess that's what makes the opening of a new nursery especially a cause for celebration :-)Delete
Those planters look really nice. I'm in such a different climate, it's hard to know which plants would do well. I know kniphofias are only borderline hardy. But I have to agree with Gerhard above, whenever a new nursery opens, that is cause for rejoicing.ReplyDelete
Zone 4 is definitely different from us...but I bet the Asclepias would be hardy there!Delete
Everyone around here was so excited about this opening. It's fun to see different takes on the same event by different bloggers. Your photos, as always, set yours apart.ReplyDelete
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That would have been a hoot to hear you guys speak at Joy Creek. So glad it went well. What an amazing garden/nursery it is. And now you have Xera too. I predict the Bloggers' Fling in 2014 is going to attract thousands of bloggers...ReplyDelete
I really like creative nurseries. I have 2 stands of Asclepias speciosa that found their way into my garden...they are so cool.ReplyDelete