Whenever I'm in the area, I try my darndest to visit three nurseries that are on or fairly near Highway 30, Cistus, Means, and Joy Creek. I love them all for different reasons. Alison had never been to Portland before having recently moved from the Boston area so it was fun to accompany her to these great spots.
We began at Cistus Nursery, one of my favorite places on the planet and before I knew about the other nurseries in proximity, I'd drive nearly three hours each way just to visit this fabulous business.
By the time we turn in to this driveway to the parking lot, my heart is always pounding with the thrill of being here.
Beautiful glaucous leaves and exfoliating bark of a eucalyptus tree along the drive.
Checking out the opuntias. This is not really an area for shopping but it's close to the restrooms at the end of the parking lot so it's fun to look around. Please forgive us if we've committed a Cistus Sin.
That's a lot of spiky sharpness!
What do you see? Cute little teddy bear ears? Soft wooly cuteness? I see pain. They are pretty cool looking though.
Walking toward the main entrance...
Having moved from zone 6 to zone 8, Alison's excitement at seeing such a broad palette of plant options was palpable and brought back memories of my own zone shifting amazement! Kids on Christmas morning, fun; plant geek at a really cool nursery full of a few extra zones worth of plants, orgasmic.
Here we are at the entrance to the main house. We've made it through the enchanted forest drive and the prickly maze, now one test remains, will the fearsome beast find us worthy to pass?
If your riddle answering and sorcery skills are not expertly honed, you may wish to bring dog treats. Seriously, this dog is extremely sweet. We made it! Louis, I see your yucca rostratas. They're calling out to you!
Take me home Louis!
Agave safety. Clever.
What's better than an Agave americana variegata?
Four Agave americana variegatas!
An Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' came home with me.
Magnolia bevifolia in bloom.
Made in the shade.
Rhodocoma capensis, so beautiful, so tempting. Two is enough for my tiny garden. Must say no. But look how soft & sweet they are, like kittens or puppies...hard to resist...one gallons so reasonably priced...Finally able to break away. These plants are in the Restio family which, with the exception of one Tasmanian cousin, are native to the Fynbos area of South Africa.
Petasites palmatus 'Golden Palms' a form of our PNW native Coltsfoot with yellow leaves.
Next trip, that glaucous-leaved palm may need to come home with me.
So many palms, so little car.
Symphytum x uplandicum 'Axminster Gold' which has partly reverted to green. My entire sepcimen reverted so it became compost. See Sue's great growing tips for this one here.
Blue spruce, eucalyptus, yucca rostratas. color echoes.
NOID Camellia japonica with waxy deep red blooms. Yum.
Loving this color & those veins! I'll check their plant list to see if they sell these.
Hypericum 'Albury Purple' (guessing about the Albury Purple part.)
Fatsia polycarpa 'Needham Lace'
More gorgemundous palms!
This one, whose name has left my memory with a lot of other useful information, has fronds that emerge joined like this and then split apart. Aren't plants amazing?
Care for a little piece of desert for dessert
The beauty just keeps going.
Considering a Beaucarnea 'Gold Star' but I really don't need another winter houseguest. Sure is pretty though.
Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira' Has anyone seen my socks? They seem to have been knocked off.
Note to self: make a point of asking the identity of this sweet opuntia next visit. I've admired it several times but get carried away by all the offerings inside and forget to inquire. The sedum pairing is lovely!
This one had me stumped. Kniphofia? No, there's a trunk. Yucca? Agave? No, the trunk but then some agaves... Can you identify this?
One of the red Camellia japonicas pictured earlier was just across and up the path from this huge red pot.
Love this Hedera growing in the bamboo litter.
Podophyllum delavayi, one of my all time favorites, never ceases to thrill me.
Here's our wagon. My plants are on the right (there were actually eight of them but some are hiding) Alison's are on the left.
Hope you enjoyed our visit to Cistus. Somehow there were several hundred images on my camera taken here but to see more, you'll simply have to visit the nursery yourself, you'll be glad you did!