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.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Revisiting The Brindley Garden

I had the pleasure of visiting the glorious garden of Sam and Karen Brindley garden for the first time in July of last year.  (post here.)  When pal Loree told Alison and I that she'd be coming up our way this August and wanted to visit Windcliff and Far Reaches Farm, we suggested that she might also like to visit the Brindley garden which was also open that day.  Her post is here.  Another post with lots of pictures so I'll try not to say much.

Gorgeous plantings along the driveway.

Love this!  I learned that Karen made them (there are a pair) and is selling her wares at a farmer's market.  (Maybe Indianola?)  Must visit the farmers market next summer!

I love how the espaliered tree frames the brugmansia in the background. 

Yucca 'Margaritaville' is a favorite of Shayne Chandler, the garden's designer and there are several gorgeous specimens in the garden.  One seldom sees them at nurseries here for some reason but I have several that were given to me by Hoover Boo.

I love before, during, and after shots!

Fabulous color combination!

Sam is demonstrating that the stone benches are on casters of some sort and move easily. 

Agave parryi looking very happy growing in a rock wall. 

So many areas and moods in this garden.

The view of the sound and Seattle is spectacular. 

Walking Iris (Neomarica spp.)  new to me.  What a cool plant. but only hardy in zones 10 and 11 so it would need to come inside for the winter.

Back out to the road some more exceptional plantings along the drive. 

Including a couple of happy-looking tree ferns. 
Happy Weekend all!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Speaking of Strange Plants...

While I love common and dependable plants I'm also smitten with unusual ones.  Do you remember these lyrics?  "Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold."  It applies well to plants as well.  Anyway, here are a few of the strange plants living in my greenhouse.  In some cases, the plants aren't that strange but they're doing strange things.

New to me this year were three members of the Sulcorebutia clan.  Here's S. rauschii

Sulcorebutia rauschii f. violacidermis.  Oh that purple color...

Sulcorebutia heinzii

Astrophytum asterias

Euphorbia suzannae sort of sat around doing nothing for a year or two but this year decided to put out some side growth.

Since this Lophoceres schottii came home with me from the Portland Garden Bloggers' Fling in 2014, it's slowly grown taller.  This year, it got a little plant food in the spring and what I thought might be a flower bud appeared.  It's not a flower bud.  Very unusual for this particular plant to put out a side shoot.

This little pup was listed as Agave 'Joe Hoak' mediopicta.  I think it must be Agave desmettiana mediopicta.  Although in looking at pictures on the interweb, 'Joe Hoak' makes bulbils that look just like this.  Time will tell.

I'm pleased as punch that Begonia sizemoreae with it's huge, textured, hairy leaves is happy in the greenhouse and is even blooming this year.  Seems this one  likes to dry out between waterings.

Here's a puzzler.  Both of the following plants were labeled Pachypodium but one has really long leaves

while the other has short foliage.   Different varieties or just variation in the same kind of plant? 

One last strange plant that I thought was dead this winter but must have just been dormant  is Euphorbia decaryi spirosticha.

Lots more strangeness to share but that'll do for this post.  Any strangers lurking in your collection?