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.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Playing With Friends at Valley Nursery

On Saturday morning, in with the clouds and a nice bit of refreshing rain blew a couple of bloggers you may recognize.  I was so excited to see them that the only picture I took of them both is blurry. Loree (Danger Garden) and Alison (Bonney Lassie) and I had planned a trip to Valley Nursery, Windcliff, The Brindley Garden, and Far Reaches Farm.  Loree started the day at 5:00 a.m. in order to arrive at my house at 8:30; Alison lives considerably closer but the arrival of friends in the garden is always a reason to celebrate. 

Perhaps my Trachycarpus needs another limbing up.  On the other hand, it's not really a jungle unless a palm frond or two thwacks you in the face. 

Alison at our first stop, Valley Nursery in Southern California  Poulsbo.

It was delightful to see a substantial number and variety of cacti and succulents offered.  Seems that there was recently some sort of event or class about using these plants outside in our area.  In addition, there were protea, leucadendron, and other tender offerings.  Sounds like the work of Petula Plants, plant brokers who supply plants from growers in California to nurseries in Washington and Oregon. I appreciate Valley's willingness to bring in so many fab plants not often offered in these parts. 

Danger flirting with some man (gave)

Isn't he handsome?

Furcraea macdougalii

Clever use of picket fence.  

Agave gypsophila 'Ivory Culs'

Thrilled to see so many Tephrocactus articulatus var. inermis available.  

Alison did more than just flirt with Senecio stapeliiformis; they went home together.  We'd never seen one in bloom before.

So many plants, so little space in my greenhouse. 

The purple-potted hardy agaves came from The Blooming Advantage in Cornelius, Oregon.

Labeled "Peanut Cactus."  Echinopsis chamaecereus?

Cleistocactus  winteri, Golden Rat Tail Cactus.  

A box of small and medium cacti came home with me. Many were labeled "Cactus, Assorted" which used to irritate me but of late I enjoy the challenge of finding plant names. 

Meanwhile in the jungle...

Stenocarpus sinuatus looks a bit like an oak but has fabulous red flowers. Since it grows to 30 -50 feet, and is only hardy to 50 degrees, one would need a sizeable conservatory to house this bit of wonderfulness.  On the other hand, it is very slow growing.

Monstera deliciosa in bud and fruit (below)

Someone's a little grumpy about the tropical/desert invasion.  Getting his machete out, he cleared a path to the more climate-appropriate offerings.

At 50% off, it was tempting to take home a hanging tuberous begonia or two to enjoy for the rest of the season.  the tubers, after all, could be started again next spring.  Nah, my garden needs fewer of these.

Sedum trees, what a fun idea.

Visiting Valley is always fun and, like most things, it's even more so with friends (plant addicts.)

Monday, August 13, 2018

In a Face on Monday

Thanks as always to the fabulous and dedicated Cathy at "Rambling in the Garden" for hosting the addictive meme In a Vase on Monday.  Click here to see her vase this week and to find links to those of other participating bloggers.

Last month, my blogging pal, Linda, wrote a post about my garden titled, "Let's Face it, Peter Has More Fun" in which she found many of the faces in my garden.  You can find that post here if you're interested.  It's true, I do have fun in my garden and, for some reason, I like faces of which there  are many at my place  both inside and out.  Today's vases faces are a Carlton Ware Harrods doorman cup and a vase by an unknown maker (because I forgot to look before I put the flowers in.)

Mr. Harrod's got a couple of tuberous begonias and some bamboo leaves. 

"Madam's hat, it would seem, will not fit through the doorway.  In addition, her  chapeau simply does not go with the rest of her ensemble. May I suggest  that madam either find a more suitable bonnet or consider shopping online?"   No wonder the poor lady is embarrassed.   Her headdress includes fuchsia, hydrangea, Clerodendrum bungei, and Anemone hupehensis all of which match her blushing cheeks.

Friday, August 10, 2018

How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm?

It wouldn't be too difficult if Tapestry Garden and Farm were the location in question.

"We purchased our farm in late 2014, so our gardens are young, but already vibrant and growing.  As a working organic farm we have incorporated extensive vegetable and herb gardens, a chicken coop made from mostly repurposed and reused materials and the beginnings of our orchard.  We also have a meadow garden and pollinator-friendly borders. "

"Perennial borders for sun and shade feature both tried and true plants and some choice finds.  Whimsical art and vintage finds are tucked amongst the plants, as well as 80-plus varieties of Japanese maple, our specialty."

You never know who you'll run into at these open gardens!  He seems to be well grounded if a bit cracked. 

 "new additions include hedgerows with a focus on native plants and berry-bearing plants to provide both cover and food for birds and other wildlife.  Plus a children's garden and tree fort!"

I find twig fences attractive and this one is used to  hide the composting operation.

What the cluck?   The ladies were enjoying the sunny day. 

"Sustainability in alll of our gardening practices is extremely important to us and we hope that you will both enjoy and learn from our experiences here, turning fallow farmland back into a viable, productive and beautiful place for people, plants, crops, and wildlife."

Onions laid out to dry.

Is a fence made of doors the plan for these? 

Notice the arm of the bench planted with Sempervivum.

I wonder if this sign is a deterrent to hungry rabbits? This bunny seems to be reading and heeding or maybe that's Peter Rabbit wondering how he'll retrieve his shoes and jacket which are so high over his head.

 One can buy produce shares seasonally and there's a small nursery as well.  How cool is that?

These were made by a local concrete artist.  I really like them and may have to go back to pick some up.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Star Gazer' 

Dr. Seussian (Truffula trees) clematis seed head.  

Is that a power tie you're wearing today Felix?

One more look before it's time to return the plantmobile.  Where will Carmen (Elantra) take us next?

For more information about Tapestry Garden and farm, including business hours and lots of beautiful pictures, please visit their website and if you're ever in the area stop by and spend some time "down on the farm."

Happy weekend all!