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Friday, 11 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

a fourteen hour day!

Joy Creek Nursery

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Our bus drivers parked in the overflow parking lot and we walked down the road to the nursery. (The driver of our bus, Andy, was so enormously kind in the way he helped me down the bus stairs each time that I became even more smitten with him.) This was the first garden stop during which I felt really hampered by my torn calf muscle, and my ability to take photos or to completely enjoy the garden was impacted. Fortunately, I have visited the nursery several times before so the most irksome part was not feeling up to going on a tour guided by owner Maurice Horn, as he is such a fount of plant knowledge. I was able to get around in the more level parts of the display garden at my own snail’s pace.

Even walking down the road was seriously painful.

Even walking down the road was seriously painful.

as one enters the diplay area

as one enters the display area

a level area through which to hobble;  How I wish I had taken friend J9's advice and acquired a cane.

a level area through which to hobble; How I wish I had taken friend J9’s advice and acquired a cane.

Actually, another blogger kindly offered me her collapsible cane, but I was afraid I would misplace it.

an enormously tall beech; didn't feel up to bending over to get a shot to the very top!

an enormously tall beech; didn’t feel up to bending over to get a shot to the very top!

display garden

The display garden is enormous.

Hydrangea aspera (so glad I have two cultivars, now languishing in gallon pots till I figure out where to put...)

Hydrangea aspera (so glad I have two cultivars, now languishing in gallon pots till I figure out where to put…)

into the shade

into the shade

colour echoes

colour echoes

the tallest monardas I've ever seen, buzzing with bees

the tallest monardas I’ve ever seen, buzzing with bees

One of the sponsors, Dramm tools, was giving a talk while the bus of dairy free or vegetarian bloggers had their lunch.

One of the fling sponsors, Dramm watering tools, was giving a talk while the bus of dairy free or vegetarian bloggers had their lunch. Our lunch would be available a little later.

Allan's photo of bloggers eating lunch and watching the Dramm demonstrations.  (They had one hose end nozzle that looked excellent to me.)

Allan’s photo of bloggers eating lunch and watching the Dramm demonstrations. (They had one hose end nozzle that looked excellent to me.)

During the part of the demo that I saw, the speaker said that people used to water with their thumb over the end of the hose. Hmm, I still water that way most of the time as almost every hose nozzle I try seems to get some sort of problem.

The Dramm speaker

The Dramm speaker

I sat next to this lovely hydrangea and soon got too hot without a hat...would have been so sensible to have brought a hat for me and for Allan.

I sat next to this lovely hydrangea and soon got too hot without a hat…I think Allan had the hat I had brought, and we had somehow not brought two despite knowing it was going to be very hot.

I had to depart from the plastic chair to seek shade. Maurice himself directed me to sit on the front porch of the house. I couldn’t get up the stairs, so I sat on them, in a nice cool place.

the view from where I sat, looking straight ahead

the view from where I sat, looking straight ahead

with Eryngiums

with Eryngiums

and to my left

and to my left, from my seat on the stairs

After a rest, I was able to hobble around some more.

the small patch of lawn, which is planted on a gravel base.

the small patch of lawn, which is planted on a gravel base.

Here is an article about the Joy Creek method of creating a gorgeous lawn.

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It is enormously irksome to me that I do not have Eryngium giganteum (Miss Wilmott's Ghost)

It is enormously irksome to me that I do not have Eryngium giganteum (Miss Wilmott’s Ghost)

It is a testament to how much I was hampered that I did not go straight to the sales field and look for that Eryngium to buy. I have seen it before, so why I don’t have it is beyond me. There were so many stunning specimens in the garden that they had probably sold out of it (or so I tell myself now).

pleasant shade

pleasant shade

little apricot bells

little apricot bells

See, normally I would have found out what the plant is above (a penstemon?) and rushed to buy one.

foliar drama

foliar drama

I made it up to the office area but was unable to face walking around all the tables.

I made it up to the office area but was unable to face walking around all the tables.

I did achieve my goal of leaving some rack cards for our local garden tour (Saturday, June 19th on the Long Beach Peninsula)

I did achieve my goal of leaving some rack cards for our local garden tour (Saturday, June 19th on the Long Beach Peninsula, only a two hour drive from Joy Creek)

sales area display

sales area display

a clever planting by the office

a mossy planting by the office

birdbaths

birdbaths

Last time I visited Joy Creek (in spring of 2012), I bought myself one of these birdbaths. One of the bloggers told me that they are perfect for near a beehive, because bees like water but will drown in a deep birdbath.

Another, or maybe the same blogger (I was in a daze of hot weather and leg pain) told me that there was a Melianthus major on a sales table. She had clearly been a good listener and heard me say I wanted to replace mine. (I have the straight species but my special cultivars died…OH! She must have seen me coveting the two gallon one at Cistus!) I had to walk down to see it.

Melianthus major 'Antenow's Blue' or...Red Brown?

Melianthus major ‘Antenow’s Blue’ or…Red Brown?

I thought it looked like 'Antenow's Blue' but the tag said Red Brown.

I thought it looked like ‘Antenow’s Blue’ (my favourite!) but the tag said Red Brown.

Tragically, the pot was heavy (I was feeling terribly decrepit if I thought a damp gallon pot was too heavy; Joy Creek does mulch their pots with gravel, but still! How pitiful) so I left it behind and began to hobble back to the porch steps.

a bright sunny border on the way

a bright sunny border on the way

plants2

lilies

lilies

Near the house, Peter (Outlaw Gardener) photographs a viburnum.

Near the house, Peter (Outlaw Gardener) photographs a viburnum.

We were told it's Viburnum 'Shasta', a double file; I had no idea it could get so large.

We were told it’s Viburnum ‘Shasta’, a double file; I had no idea it could get so large.

berries

I sat for a spell, then walked down the gentle hill with considerable difficulty.

I wanted to see if the big metal sculpture was still there.

I wanted to see if the big metal sculpture was still there. It was.

gently descending path

gently descending path

Here's the flower of a large shrub that I bought at Joy Creek two years ago; it is doing wonderfully for me, but I can never remember its name.

Here’s the flower of a large shrub that I bought at Joy Creek two years ago after seeing it on display; it is doing wonderfully for me, but I can never remember its name.

cardoon, I assume;  I suddenly realize that mine did not come back after the winter.

cardoon, I assume; I suddenly realize that mine did not come back after the winter.

Maddeningly, pain made me turn back before the hydrangeas, and I could not even get to the sloping garden to my right, which I knew had interesting plants (of course)

Maddeningly, pain made me turn back before the hydrangeas, and I could not even get to the sloping garden to my right, which I knew had interesting plants (of course)

but I did have these to cheer me up

but I did have these to cheer me up

heading back to the porch steps

heading back to the porch steps

Allan had brought me my lunch so I ate it sitting there. Two or three bloggers from Texas were up on the porch chairs, discussing how folks thought they could handle heat like we were having but that in Texas, they would be indoors with the AC on sipping iced tea.

the house at Joy Creek

the house at Joy Creek, taken on our visit in March 2012 (different stairs from where I sat)

(Allan reminds me that one of the fling organizers was walking around passing out water to make sure we did not dehydrate.)

I was pining after that Melianthus major in its heavy gallon pot and asked him if he would go back to the sales area and get it for me. This series of photos were the result:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo:  With great foresight, she had brought a tub to carry plants in on the bus.

Allan’s photo: With great foresight, she had brought a tub to carry plants in on the bus.

Allan's photo, happy shopping

Allan’s photo, happy shopping

Allan's photo.  Somehow I, the cat lover, missed meeting this kitty.

Allan’s photo. Somehow I, the cat lover, missed meeting this kitty.

sweet!

sweet!

Even sweeter:  Allan snagged the last Melianthus major...

Even sweeter: Allan snagged the last Melianthus major…

It had two tags and one does say 'Antenow's Blue'.  The Red Brown is a mystery to me AND to Google.

It had two tags and one does say ‘Antenow’s Blue’. The Red Brown is a mystery to me AND to Google.

Allan's photo in the office.  (There were chocolate chip cookies, too, a Joy Creek staple.)

Allan’s photo in the office. (There were chocolate chip cookies, too, a Joy Creek staple.)

Allan says this abutilon was getting lots of attention.

Allan says this abutilon was getting lots of attention.

a last view of Joy Creek from the bus; I will return when I am in better condition to appreciate all its beauties.

a last view of Joy Creek from the bus; I will return when I am in better condition to appreciate all its beauties.

Previous visits to Joy Creek:

in the year 2000

in 2007

in 2009 (May)

in 2009 (June)

in 2011

in 2010-2012

Next: perhaps my favourite garden of any I have ever seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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