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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hortlandia 2018

The rain poured down outside and was predicted to do so all day on Saturday.  No work would be done in the garden and the house is just too far gone to even ponder cleaning.  Why not take a road trip to Portland to attend Hortlandia, the Hardy Plant Society's spring plant sale, one of the largest in the PNW?  An added bonus was that it didn't rain in Portland and it was ten degrees warmer than it was in Tacoma. 

It's been a rainy, wet spring and lots of people were in the mood to shop for plants.  This line of cars was waiting to find parking.  Fortunately, Tom was driving so I was able to hop out and walk while he waited to park.

The crowd in the lobby of the Expo center was larger than remember ever seeing before.  But once the doors opened, folks proceeded inside in an orderly fashion. There were so many people that I didn't take very many pictures.  The educational tables are always a delight.

Rita Lee's Nursery always has a nice selection of cacti and succulents.

This temptation was in someone else's space.

So many great vendors; so many great plants.  For a complete list of vendors and a map, click here

There's something for everyone at this sale.  Acers a go-go.

 It always surprises me that potted spring flowering bulbs are so popular at sales when they can be ordered as bulbs at a fraction of the price.   These are sweet though. I didn't get a picture of the sea of blue gentians in bloom but a couple of them came home with me. 

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

Rhododendron spinuliferum

Fortunately, Gossler didn't have any of this camellia left at the sale otherwis one may have come home with me and I have enough camellias in my garden already!

I think this creation is from Contained Exuberance.

Scadoxus puniceus at Rare Plant Research

More gems from RPR

Mostly, there were people. Lots and lots of people, all enjoying looking at plants.  The show was open both Saturday and Sunday and pal Loree, who went back on Sunday to help take the show down said that there were still folks at the checkout line right up until the very end.

I did get a few plants (only a box and 1/2.)  One of the best parts of the show was running into so many blogging friends like Matthew, (Lents Farmer) Alan, (Mardi Gras Gardener) Ricki, (Sprig to Twig) Anna, (Flutter and Hum) and Loree (Danger Garden.)  Strangely, I missed seeing Alison (Bonney Lassie)  but neither of us knew that the other was going. 

Osmunda regalis looks so beautiful unfurling new fronds.  Yes, that podophyllum to the left came home with me.
After we checked out, there was still quite a bit of the day left, it was bright and warm outside and still raining at home so  we visited five area nurseries before heading home.   Once Hortlandia happens, spring has officially arrived.  Now if Mother Nature would get the memo, turn up the thermostat a notch or two and cut back on precipitation a bit, we'll all be thrilled!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday Vignette - Famous Last Words

"I really don't need any more plants and don't want to buy anything but we should go to Hortlandia, just for the fun of the road trip and to chat with a friend or two." he said as they hopped in the car at 7:00 a.m.  "No, we don't need to get those bags of potting soil and other garden do-dads out of the trunk.  I can't imagine buying anything that won't fit in the back seat of the car."

"Well, since we've already made the two hour trip, we really should check out some nurseries after the sale, right?"  escaped his lips after spending time at Hortlandia. (and maybe picking up a few plants.)

One giant plant sale and five nurseries later and not only the back seat was full.

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click here to join the fun!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Foliage Follow-Up April 18 Podophyllums' Progress and a couple new additions.

Pam Penick of Digging hosts Foliage Follow-Up on the day (or so)  after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day each month to remind us of the important role that foliage plays in our gardens every day of the year.  Click here to see Pam's gorgeous foliage and to find links to that of other participating gardeners.

There's a lot of foliage bursting forth in our pacific northwest gardens this spring.  It's no secret that I'm a fan of podophyllum and love the way they emerge.  Today's post is mostly about them. 

It's interesting that some of these little darlings are fully leafed out (and one even a bit tattered by our recent strong winds) while others are just peeking out of the soil.  P. 'Red Panda'  (P. difforme, not shown is just peeking out of the soil too while P. pleianthum is already a foot high.)

P. delavayi

P. delavayi

P. 'Spotty Dotty and delavayi

P. 'Red Panda'  It's interesting how similar thes all look at this stage and how different they'll look in a few weeks. 

Sinopanax formosanus made it through the winter above ground in this pot but it's in a slightly protected spot.

Trevesia aff. palmata  was in a plastic pot and got put in the greenhouse during our freezes but moved back out an potted here in it's more permanent home. 
Hope you're enjoying the foliage in your garden!

Monday, April 16, 2018

In a Vase on Monday - In Memory of Jeff Pinto

Many were surprised and saddened to learn that Jeff Pinto  died of pancreatic cancer recently.  Jeff and his wife, Donna, whose whimsical ceramic work had become a mainstay of local garden and art shows, were the creative force behind Marriah House Studio in Sherwood, Oregon.  At the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's recent sale, "Hortlandia,"  Jeff's familiar work was present  and signs reading "Last Show" were posted.  His daughter was selling the last of his inventory.  More of his work will be posted here in the future and you may recall this post from a few years ago.  We will miss chatting with the affable Mr. Pinto and the joy of seeing what new pieces his creative mind and talented hands had created.  These three yellow pieces came home with me from Hortlandia and it seemed fitting to use them for today's IaVoM arrangement.

Forget-me-nots, bleeding hearts, and pansies fill the vessels. 

Farewell, Jeff, and thanks for the lasting legacy of your work.

 In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who encourages us to bring some of the outdoors inside each Monday to bring us joy throughout the week.  Click here to see what others have found to bring inside  today.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day April 2018

On the fifteenth of each month, Carol (Congratulations on the publication of your second book!) of May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.  It's a great way to keep a journal of what's blooming in our gardens and to take a peek at what's blooming in various climates around the world.  To see more, click here.  Here's a look at what's blooming in my zone 8 Pacific Northwest Garden this month.

The winter pansies have been troopers since they were planted in October. 

Potted tulips

I forgot that these were here but they've come back for a second year. 

More surprises that are at least four years old. 


M. 'Black Tulip'  and 'Elizabeth'  have  buds but aren't open yet. 


A carpet-forming Speedwell whose name slips my mind at the moment. 

Euphorbia wulfenii

Pieris japonica 

In addition to the violets in the lawn, golden violets are blooming in a pot.  I was afraid that these wouldn't be as tolerant of mowing.

In the greenhouse, Abutilon 'Victor Reiter' 

Scadoxus puniceus

Ceanothus is just starting to open next to the very red Ribes speciosum (not pictured) which makes a delightful color combination.



Inherited native Mahonia

Daphne odora

Akebia quinata 'Shirobana' has a spicy scent reminiscent of fragrant stock.

 Fritillaria meleagris

Grape hyacinths

The double primroses tend to come back for me better than the singles for some reason. 

Saxifraga  something or other. 

Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex'




Hellebores are still blooming all over the place.  Here are a couple. 

Stachyurus praecox is just about finished for the year. 

Berberis darwinii
Happy GBBD all and happy tax day to those of you in the U.S.