Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Confessions of A Slothful Gardener: Random Friday

Hello, my name is Peter and I'm a Plantaholic. Only an addict could look at a mess like this and think that there might be room for any more plants.

Yes, it will get cleaned up quite a bit but  a lot of weedy things, like forget-me-nots get to stay in place until they become scraggly and get pulled out.

Pink and orange is all the rage.  

It's impossible to walk on this path without being thwacked in the face by Schefflera delavayi foliage. Maybe I should tie it back.

Some interesting potted Acer palmatum around the pond have thrown strong roots through drainage holes and are now stuck in place.

Bamboo foliage must be blown off the paths one of these days but  why bother, it'll just be followed by more. All. Summer. Long.

There are random and uneven bricks under that mat of forget-me-nots.  The flowers are prettier.

Really, what's up with this mess? 

Oh sure, there's always room for more plants. 

That, my friends, is while you mostly see close-ups of my garden!

Imagine my delight just after taking this picture of a new Gentiana acaulis 'Undulatifolia' to find that some of those planted in the ground last year, were also in bloom.  

Just can't get enough of Rhododendron 'President Roosavelt.'

Rhododendron 'Wine and Roses' is also blooming but it's the dramatic wine-colored indumentum for which I prize this one.

 Holboellia latifolia

Japanese maple something or other with shokingly zingy pink spring foliage.  (Don't be intimidated by the highly technical language.)

Berberis 'Orange Rocket' is a three season favorite.  

Random sempervivum from McClendon Hardware wearing rain jewels.

 Speaking of pink and orange... I'm sure this picture will soon be featured in the "Don't" column of  an article on tasteful gardening.

No more space for plants, right?  Right. 

You see, it's like this, I'd admired Berberis temolaica at Dragonfly farms years ago.

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It was my understanding that this one is difficult to propagate from cuttings but that Heidi was going to try and do some grafts.  I just found out that she was successful after I ordered one from Gossler Farms.  Anyway, their packaging was simple and highly effective at keeping the plant in place, no packing material necessary.  It looks as if this one is grafted on other root stock.   I'm thinking that the blue will go really well with B. Orange Rocket.

At least we can sit at the back table and pretend that there aren't plants to get into the ground.  Oops. Yes, there is a holding area down by the greenhouse but  I like to keep the new ones up here to admire and to shame myself into doing something with them. Does it look like it's working?

If you have a lot of empty pots hanging around that you slip brugmansias and begonias in during the summer, you can throw some new arrivals in those for a while.

So, there you have it, a glimpse of my messy spring garden, quite neglected  because of the rain, cold, and lack of motivation.  

Maybe I should just hang a sign like this one, stay inside and pretend it's still winter.

Photo by Loree Bohl of Danger Garden. Used with permission.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hortlandia 2017: One Weekend Two Big Sales part two.

Because I had to work Saturday night and because we'd just attended the Rhododendron Species Garden Foundation spring sale,   I wasn't sure about driving two hours each way to attend the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's spring sale, Hortlandia.  It would have been a good day to putter around the garden but at the last minute, we decided to jump in the car and go.  Even though we didn't get to play at other nurseries on this quick visit, I'm glad we went to this excellent sale.

The sky was blue; the sun's warmth welcome.  Portland is usually a few degrees warmer than we are up north and the trees all seemed to be further leafed out.

One's heart begins to pound a bit faster...

Oh my goodness, the plants!  The crowd was large  but gardeners are the nicest people so it was rather nice.  I love eavesdropping on  conversations at events like this!

Gorgeous bromeliad at Contained Exuberance. 

The educational tables are always a delight.  Oh my, that huge magnolia branch is amazing.

Carnivorous plants are holding their own in popularity.  

Oh my, agaves.  Must investigate. 

A. Lime Streak.  

Rita Lee's Nursery grows cacti and succulents.  I may have grabbed a couple of things here.
 This is a bad picture of Crassula coccinea 'Campfire' as it's even louder and more brassy in person.  Just my kind of plant.

Cool containers from Rare Plant Research in Oregon City.  I'm looking forward to seeing more on May 20 at their nursery open.

Magnolia 'Genie' at Gossler Farms.  It does lighten up a tiny bit as it opens but not a lot.  Yum!

Davidia 'Lady Sunshine'  has such pretty foliage. 

 And this?  Well, this is the plant holding area where the obsessed deposit their plants so that they can go and gather more.

Sciadopitys verticillata 'Gold Rush'  second sighting this season.  

An added bonus is that I got to see a few Portland-area blogging friends briefly before it was time to go to the pick up side of plant holding.

Standing in line to check out, I overheard a couple of strangers strike up a conversation about, what else, their gardens.  One even had pictures on his phone to share.  

Hope you had a chance to head on over to the sale this year and if not, do plan on attending next year!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday Vignette

No Parking.  Violators will be towed overtaken by blackberry bushes!

Wednesday vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click here to see what's catching the eye and thoughts of other bloggers this week.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Visiting Alpine Nursery

Whenever I visit my sister or, in this case, Judi Hook earlier this month, the plant mobile takes a brief detour to see what's new at Alpine Nursery, which always has an abundance of great plants and fun yard art.

Rhododendron 'Hoopla' ...swoon.  If only I had space.

Shady characters.

Alpine's large selection of Acer palmatum was starting to show spring color.

Just think of the foliage this character could eat!

Phormium surrounded by Sanguisorba hakusanensis 'Lilac Squirrel'

We're having a cool, wet spring but this guy told me something about a great fall.

Rust seems appropriate for the pacific northwest. 

Meanwhile, down on the farm...

One of several water features scattered around.

Have you seen these?  they were new to me.  A genius idea to keep top-heavy potted trees from blowing over.

Magnolia 'Black Tulip.' My own is blooming now as well and I'm so glad it was added to my jungle.

Some birds must have though that this Magnolia stellata was a great place to raise a family.

 Rhododendron 'Golden Ruby' is neither golden nor ruby but it's sure spectacular!

A thrilling and unusual sight, Sciadopitys verticillata 'Gold Rush'  had to come home with me.  

So many unusual evergreens!

The pink foliage tones of Helleborus argutifolius 'Snow Fever' made it also need to come home with me.

The greenhouse was ready for Easter!

The selection of succulents has grown!

TAAA   ("There's always an agave"  -  Loree Danger Garden Bohl)

Oh-oh, looks like there'll be some dinosaurs tromping around the place in short order so you might want to get over there and shop for plants while it's still safe.
 This place is for the birds (and plant lovers.)