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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hardy Plant Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

evening soirée at Dancing Oaks Nursery

Prepare for a looooong blog post.  I have not been to this nursery since I visited it with Sheila before the Eugene Hardy Plant weekend of eight years ago.  It is glorious and we are going to look at almost every bit of it.

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I was overwhelmed by plant shopping excitement and I forgot the part about the Beardless Irises garden book.

It goes up and over a steep hill.

The gravel road to Dancing Oaks is long and mysterious. It goes up and over a steep hill.

Eventually, one comes to the pillars marking the outskirts of Dancing Oaks.

Eventually, one comes to the pillars marking the outskirts of Dancing Oaks.

so excited

so excited

We parked with many other vehicles in a big grassy field and I made a beeline for the plant sales, which were already in full swing with booths from Far Reaches Farm and Dan Hinkley’s Windcliff.  I seem to have missed one plant I was urgently questing for: Dierama ‘Merlin’, the new, extra dark “angel’s fishing rod”.  I saw someone carrying away what might have been the last one. Nevertheless, I did acquire a goodly assortment of cool new acquisitions.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

plant sales!

plant sales!

cool plants

cool plants

amusing Dan Hinkley tag.

amusing Dan Hinkley tag.

Dan Hinkley and the hardy planters (Allan's photo)

Dan Hinkley and the hardy planters (Allan’s photo)

After Allan helped me schlep two boxes of plants up to our van (in hot sunshine, but the plants would be okay for a couple of hours), I headed over to the Dancing Oaks greenhouses for more plant shopping.  (I’ll be itemizing all my new plants later when I plant them at home.)

This building is central to the garden.

This building is central to the garden.

On the way....I am not officially garden touring yet, though.

On the way….I am not officially garden touring yet, though.

inside one of the greenhouses

inside one of the greenhouses

For some reason I resisted this one, and now I am so sorry.

For some reason I resisted this one, and now I am so sorry.

Allan's photo: He saw our friend Ann giving this plant a lot of attention. Not sure why that did not inspire him to immediately buy one!

Allan’s photo: He saw our friend Ann giving this plant a lot of attention. Not sure why that did not inspire him to immediately buy one!

I had my head down in the eryngiums reading tags when Garden Tour Nancy, who was also at the weekend tried to have a conversation.  We had been passing in our vehicles like ships in the night because we were touring at a different pace. I said (hot, tired, and hungry for dinner but unable to stop till I secured my plants!) that this was not a good time for me to talk.  She said later, when we did chat, that it was the same way that she shops at a book sale, very focused on getting the books she wants before someone else does.

I acquired another two boxes of plants, including….at last…Eryngium ‘Miss Wilmott’s Ghost’, which I have wanted for years.

I do believe this is Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, reseeded by a path near the greenhouses to poke folks in the ankle.

Miss Wilmott's Ghost, named because she supposedly scattered the seeds of it in all her friends' gardens.

Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, named because she supposedly scattered the seeds of it in all her friends’ gardens.

At last, I sat for the delicious catered dinner, one of the best I have ever had at such an event.  My mind was on finding time to tour through the whole garden before the evening ended.

Allan's photo of a half consumed dinner. The heat had sapped my skills at narrative flow.

Allan’s photo of a half consumed dinner. The heat had sapped my skills at narrative flow.

After a scrumptious piece of strawberry cobbler for dessert, I leapt…well, creaked and hobbled up and began touring the gardens.  (This led to a couple more plant purchases.)

Folks still dining on the tasty food.

Folks still dining on the tasty food.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bamboo, pruned for light and space

bamboo, pruned for light and space

I remember this garden idea inspired me greatly eight years ago.

I remember this garden idea inspired me greatly eight years ago.

a dripping water feature

a dripping water feature

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dripping water

dripping water

'Twas hot and bright for my little pocketcam.

‘Twas hot and bright for my little pocketcam.

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Acer palmatum 'Fairy Hair' aroused plant lust.

Acer palmatum ‘Fairy Hair’ aroused plant lust. I did not find it for sale, which does not mean it wasn’t available.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Lobelia tupa...never does this for me at the coast, must need more heat to get big.

Lobelia tupa…never does this for me at the coast, must need more heat to get big.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

sit spots can be found throughout the garden

Sit spots can be found tucked in throughout the garden.

I found a pond.

I found a pond.

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such a pleasant vista hidden away in a shady area

such a pleasant vista hidden away in a shady area

handsome horsetail

handsome horsetail

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oooh....Arundo donax variegata...I used to have this.

oooh….Arundo donax variegata…I used to have this.

 I immediately returned to the greenhouses to successfully quest for one of these.

I immediately returned to the greenhouses to successfully quest for one of these.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

'Mermaid' rose...I do have this.

‘Mermaid’ rose…I do have this.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Eryngium variifolium (Allan's photo)

Eryngium variifolium (Allan’s photo)

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asclepias...on my third visit to the shed containing the check-out cash register.

asclepias…on my third visit to the shed containing the check-out cash register.

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I wandered into the shrubs and trees for sale area and was gobsmacked by a cloud of white.

Acer campestre 'Carnival' (variegated hedge maple)

Acer campestre ‘Carnival’ (variegated hedge maple)

I had to have it, bought it, got help carrying it to a holding area where we could pick it up on the way out.  (The evening would have been easier if I had done that with all the plants I bought.)  I was fortunate to overhear that these do better in the sun than deep shade. (That may only be true here in the Pacific Northwest and in the UK, not in areas with brighter and hotter sunshine.) I would have planted it far into the shade because it looks so delicate.

outside the buying shed...the obligatory photo of the shop cat

outside the sales shed…the obligatory photo of the shop cat

By the sales shed...How many times, three? have I tried to grow Argyrocytisus battandieri (pineapple broom), and had it not bloom (my old garden), or just simply plotz (my new garden).

By the sales shed…How many times, three? have I tried to grow Argyrocytisus battandieri (pineapple broom), and had it not bloom (my old garden), or just simply plotz (my new garden).

Dierama (not 'Merlin')

Dierama (not ‘Merlin’)

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below the sales shed

below the sales shed

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an undiscovered sit spot

an undiscovered sit spot

a sit spot guarded by stone cats

a sit spot guarded by stone cats

Steps made of cottage stone have become rusticated.

Steps made of cottage stone have become rusticated.

into the sun again: a prickly cloud of Eryngiums. (I bought several different kinds, including the exciting new 'Neptune's Gold'.

into the sun again: a prickly cloud of Eryngiums. (I bought several different kinds, including the exciting new ‘Neptune’s Gold’.

The vendors' tables were still selling.

The vendors’ tables were still selling.

After seven PM, the shadows were getting softer.

After seven PM, the shadows were getting softer.

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kitty cat!

kitty cat!

back to the dripping water

back to the dripping water

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This looks like the tree that I bought; if it is, it gets a lot bigger than the tag suggests.

This looks like the tree that I bought; if it is, it gets bigger than the tag suggests (10′). Maybe that IS what 10 feet looks like.

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into the lower shade garden again

into the lower shade garden again

giant bamboo

giant bamboo

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treasures!

treasures!

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A hardy planter ogling this sedum drew my attention to it.

A hardy planter ogling this sedum drew my attention to it.

I wanted it but was too shopped out to go looking for it.

I wanted it but was too shopped out to go looking for it.

looking again at the stacked garden idea

looking again at the stacked garden idea

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I took Allan to see the white tree....love the way it is like a cloud in the evening light.

I took Allan to see the white tree….love the way it is like a cloud in the evening light.

heading back to the sales shed and holding area to pick up my own white tree.

heading back to the sales shed and holding area to pick up my own white tree.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Because we won’t be going to the Hardy Plant weekend next year (its year to be in Canada), I would like to return to Dancing Oaks and Sebright Nursery on an overnight springtime shopping tour of our own.

Next: one more day of garden touring before we return to everyday life and once a day posting.

 

 

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