Waldo Evan? Watch out Vickie, that gunnera is trying to get you too!
Dragonfly Farms always has a great assortment of plants and cool garden art. Notice the Wollemia nobilis in the black square container! ( From Wikipedia - Wollemia is a genus of coniferous tree in the family Araucariaceae. Wollemia was only known through fossil
In both botanical and popular literature the tree has been almost universally dubbed the Wollemi Pine, although it is not a true pine (genus Pinus) nor a member of the pine family (Pinaceae), but rather is related to Agathis and Araucaria in the family Araucariaceae. The oldest fossil of the Wollemi tree has been dated to 200 million years ago.
The Wollemi pine is classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List, and is
It's always exciting to see this "living fossil" tree. Just to the right of the tree is another rare sight, Heidi, the nursery owner, actually standing still. Heidi is so full of energy and enthusiasm for plants and gardening that she's most often leading a lucky customer to see a cool plant or keeping the gardens and nursery looking great!
At the time of our visit, the annual poppies were spectacular. Such lovely and carefree plants!
Mosaic hat anyone?
These would make beautiful hose guards at the edges of beds!
The dish desert was in bloom!
If I had the space, this would be an idea that I'd definitely copy, maybe with a big agave in the center.
'Drama Queen' living up to her name!
Notice how few flowers are in this shot and yet how much color is present - masterful!
And, as Loree says, if you just believe hard enough, there's always an agave. The great thing about the metal ones is that they're hardy in any climate and take our wet winters in stride!
Ditto for their cacti friends!
It's a joy to walk through the gardens and see what new scenes Heidi has put together. This poppy field with a rusty piece of farm equipment was especially delightful!
The branch shadows make this area even more lovely.
Sweet and shy Lilium canadense var. coccineum from Edelweiss Perennials
has a surprising interior!
Eryngium 'Miss Willmott's Ghost' which we'd later see in many of the gardens at the Portland Garden Bloggers' Fling.
Jeff at Celestial Dream Gardens was kind enough to open for us. I was so busy enjoying the many cool plants that I forgot to take pictures of them (bad blogger!) That didn't stop us from buying quite a few! Here's Jeff behind one of our boxes of plants.
It never ceases to amaze me that there can be so many fabulous nurseries in our area, each of them carrying slightly different inventory so that they all must be visited!
Celestial Dream's Facebook page says that they'll be at the Fronderosa Frolic on August 9 so I'll start nagging now. Do plan to attend this cool event which "has become the horticultural equivalent of Woodstock." It's a great sale which includes independent growers and yard artists (some who only sell here) from Port Townsend to Eugene! Not only is the sale itself great but the setting is gorgeous and you are encouraged to pack a picnic and eat either at tables in a forest glade or on the sandy river bank below. There are interesting produce/plant stands, antique stores, and yard art places on the way in (or out) and we always get at least one case of fresh peaches to freeze for the winter on this trip. I hope to see you there this year. Also, you can hit Flower world and Molbak's on the way back to Interstate five. (And Wells Medina if you still have the energy!) Portlanders, come on up for the day, spend the night and explore Seattle (Bedrock Industries, Swanson's Nursery, City People's, The arboretum, Sky Nursery) the next day before heading home!