I love a pretty parking lot!
There are lots of treasures here. Soon the largest selection of hardy fuchsias I've ever seen in one place will take up a huge chunk of space. Must go back soon.
Another specialty of Joy Creek is Clematis. Here's a fraction of their selection. Notice the clever way that they keep them from blowing over all the time.
Pleione formosana or Windowsill Orchid. Pretty but not for me.
Closing time was fast approaching and the kind folks working at the nursery said that if we parked our car out on the road, they could close the gate across their driveway, we could walk the garden at our leisure, and simply exit through the "man gate," a new term for me. (A gate through which a person may pass.) Mike, one of the owners who lives on the premises, said that he hadn't walked through the garden for a while (?) an offered to walk through with us. We were not expecting the special treat of having this knowledgeable plantsman and entertaining fellow give us a guided hour and a half tour of his garden.
Gunera beginning it's show stopping summer aria.
Yowler, who runs the place, was acting very silly and kept attacking this grass as if it were a mouse. Be sure to check out Alison's post about this day for more and better pictures of this adorable feline who followed us through the whole garden playing the whole time. What a great cat!
Joy Creek is located in the middle of several acres and has gorgeous views.
Having always gardened in a relatively small space, I so admire sprawling properties where one can have lots of huge, beautiful trees.
Here we are at the front of the house.
Muscari macrocarpum 'Golden Fragrance' which I'd also admired in Linda's garden earlier in the day was also blooming beautifully here. Mike instructed us to get a little closer. Oh my, I see where it gets the fragrance part of the name - incredible and now on my list of things to get for next year!
Random rhododendron. Aren't these wonderful blooms?
Wonderful blue and gold area. Notice the blue needles of the conifer as well.
podophyllum pleianthum is one of my favorite plants. (Aren't they all?)
Rodgersia. Who can resist that bronze color, fabulous leaf shape and amazing texture? This reminds me, I haven't seen mine yet this year. I'd better go rummage through the weeds to see if they're still around.
Something that I'll be asking about. Foliage looks kind of like an anemone but look at the tops. Cool, huh?
This shows that common plants like this euonymus (not trimmed into a little box) and Euphorbia wulfenii can make a stunning focal point.
Magnolia 'Elizabeth' blooms are a sweet sight with it's buttery yellow inner glow.
And here's our host showing that he's one of those crazy Pacific north west tree huggers. Thanks so much, Mike for the wonderful, informative, and fun time in your garden!
Alison already posted pictures of the car which she thought was full. Silly Alison, we could have re arranged and made space for a lot more plants. This image, in particular, shows a lot of unused space.
From the other side. Look at all the room we have left.
Glad that I cleaned out my trunk before we went! Truth be told, we could have fit a few more things back there too. What a fun day this was. I still don't know where half of this stuff will get planted. Last Saturday I just got around to planting the hellebores I bought this winter when I visited Bark and Garden.
A satisfying ending to a marvelous day!