Wednesday, August 6, 2014
A Summer Visit To Joy Creek!
This past weekend, in spite of the blazing temps, I decided to head out to Scappoose to visit Joy Creek Nursery. Even though I was there a few weeks ago for the Fling, it felt like it had been AGES since I'd last visited!
As we entered, the first thing to catch my eye was this amazing Molinia 'Skyracer'. It's hard to tell in this photo, but it's ENORMOUS...I kind of hope mine never get this big, or I'll have to remove them...or dedicate my garden to them!
I can't describe exactly what it is I love about these grasses, they are so graceful, so lithe...so wonderful!
As I wandered around the retail area looking for a particular vine, Maurice excitedly asked if I'd seen a certain Clematis that was looking especially good this year. I headed down to where he had indicated and was enchanted to see it. I do adore these "sugar bowl" type Clematis...there is something wonderfully charming about them.
Heading back up the path, I came upon this large stand of Bronze Fennel. I really love this plant, and had it in my garden for years, but it always flops over for me...not enough sun, I suppose.
Further down the path, I found these wonderful Asclepias...of course, the bees had discovered it even earlier and were positively swarming it!
As I mentioned, it was terribly hot that day (what's up with this stupid summer heat this year?), so I ducked into shady spot for a moment, lest I overheat, and spotted this amazing (and TALL) Aconitum...I've always wanted to plant some of this and never have, for some reason.
Another blue flower just a short way from the Aconitum, this sky-blue Salvia caught my eye.
If you find and Eryngium in a garden, chances are you're going to also find a veritable swarm of pollinators...and this was no exception!
I'm always so jealous of the Actaea I see in other gardens...mine just never seem happy.
When will they breed a dwarf Cotinus for those of us with tiny gardens...WHEN?!?
My biggest surprise for the day was stumbling upon a plant I've never seen here in the PNW...Silphium lanciniatum.
A midwest native of prairies, this imposing plant can get 8-10' tall. The flowers are fairly small, yellow daisies, but the leaves are something else. Oddly irregular, almost finger-like and highlighted by that central rib. It would definitely need to be staked in my garden...but how wonderful would they look, rising up out of a sea of grasses, like sentinels.
Another denizen of the prairies, Panicum...I believe this is 'Heavy Metal', still one of the best Panicums around.
At this time of year, you can hardly miss the paper maché blooms of Romneya.
After some socializing (and looking around for Yowler, who was apparently hiding somewhere, napping), I grabbed the plant I had come for...a purple-leaved Grape (Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'). This is going on a new arbor I put up last weekend and I can't wait for it to establish and put on a show.
Coming up soon...a post on the new arbor and what I had to remove to install it :-)