The first big surprise was that there was stop and go traffic on the street as cars waited in line to get into the parking lot. It was a warmish and sunny day but I was impressed. These Portlanders take gardening seriously! By the way, for any of you wondering if Portland is anything like the television show "Portlandia," it behooves me to say, "No, not at all!" Although, stereotypes come from somewhere... The triumph of gardening over the city painting on this van made me smile and start humming "If You're Going to San Francisco (Tell her to wear a flower in her hair)"
I love the color combinations of the displays!
Chartreuse, yellow and orange are enough to brighten the rainiest day the PNW has to offer.
Unless you enjoy feeling a little blue.
Notice how the teal/aqua pot brings out those tones in the tulip foliage.
Camellia japonica 'Bob Hope' caught my eye - so red and cheerful!
Lots of fun statuary.
We started by thinking that we'd just go in, inquire about the plant, get a couple and then take off but then there were all of these cool things to admire. Soon enough, we were coming closer to our prize. Do you see it there in the orange pots?
The foliage is spectacular and Hoover Boo is using it in her California garden as a substitute for hostas which don't like the summer heat in her area. Serious crush on the foliage but the blooms are pretty wonderful too! For those of you with refined taste who are fond of understated pastel flowers, please avert your eyes lest you be offended by the brashness of this foliage/flower combination.
I'm crazy about the thing which Loree says is all over the place in Portland right now but I haven't seen in my area at all. Sources say it's hardy to zone 8, 8b, or 9. Alison and I think that we'll keep ours in pots and drag them in during the coldest part of the winter just to be on the safe side.
It was with a slight twinge of guilt for my premeditated murder of a couple of lilacs in my own garden that I bent to inhale the heavenly fragrance of this beauty.
Doghouse with a green roof - cute!
These brightly colored pots were tempting as they were in the sale area and the colors are so vibrant.
We could have gotten lost in this huge rose area so decided not to start looking after all there were more places to go and people to meet (Heather, Loree, Scott.)
Like the Division Street location, there are a lot of beautiful bonsai trees and stock to make new ones. Oh to have the talent, time, and patience.
Acer palmatum 'Mikazuki' has gorgeous leaves and almost jumped into my cart.
One of my favorites, Rhododendron sinogrande, looking especially nice.
And then this happened -
I'd read about Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost' and admired pictures on the internet but this was my first live encounter. I tried to remind myself that I don't need another maple in a pot but that color was too seductive. It's just as lovely out of the sun by the way.
Wheeling our carts inside to pay we noticed this nice assortment of tillandsias.
I'm in love with Portland Nursery, both locations and have a bit of a crush on the city itself. Anyway, we added our newfound treasures to those already in the plant mobile and raced off to nearby Sauvie Island to continue our adventure.