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Friday, 26 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

a side trip to Cistus Nursery on Sauvie Island

We were skipping two of the tour gardens today so that we would have time to visit two nurseries.  The first was one of my all time favourites, Cistus on Sauvie Island.

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much rejoicing at our arrival at Cistus

much rejoicing at our arrival at Cistus

We rarely get to this nursery as it is over a two hour drive from our house.

driveway between two display gardens

driveway between two display gardens

plant nerd crossing

plant nerd crossing

This is the plant nerd crossing from sales area to parking lot, from my passenger window.

This is the plant nerd crossing from sales area to parking lot, from my passenger window.

The display garden is full of plants I cannot easily identify.

The display garden is full of plants I cannot easily identify.  Acacia, I think.

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So far, this is only in the display garden along the parking lot.

by the (by now very welcome) sanicans

by the (by now very welcome) sanicans

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On early springtime visits, I have been able to walk up this path.

On early springtime visits, I have been able to walk up this path.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

A saw a white spot; it was one of the shop cats, hiding from the sunshine.  (I had to walk in to say hi.)

A saw a white spot; it was one of the shop cats, hiding from the sunshine. (I had to walk in to say hi.)

Eryngium: Allan's photo

Eryngium: Allan’s photo

Eryngium: Allan's photo

Eryngium: Allan’s photo

entering the main greenhouse

entering the main greenhouse (Allan’s photo)

so happy to be there!

so happy to be there!

in the Big Top

in the Big Top

Allan didn't get much further than the succulents area at first.

Allan didn’t get much further than the succulents area at first.

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Solanum quitoense: I used to have one and wish I still did.

Solanum quitoense: I used to have one and wish I still did.

Solanum quitoense

Solanum quitoense, such cool thorns

I could not purchase large plants, because we would have to lug them up to our hotel room for the weekend; it would be too hot to leave them in the van.

Oooh, I love brown flowers.  This was small, so I bought it.

Oooh, I love brown flowers. This was small, so I bought it.

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more cool plants

more cool plants

 I would have bought so many more if we were on our way home.

Acacia pravissima.

Acacia pravissima.

Oh, how I want that Acacia again.  I had it, in a pot, in my old garden, till a bunch of snow slid off the roof (a most unusual snowstorm) and crushed it.  This one was too darn big to buy and lug to the hotel room.

out of the Big Top into the sunny nursery

out of the Big Top into the sunny nursery

This I've had twice, and it's died twice.  This time, I resisted it.

This I’ve had twice, and it’s died twice. This time, I resisted it.

Pittosporum 'Marjorie Channon'.  I almost succumbed.

Pittosporum ‘Marjorie Channon’. I almost succumbed.

This reminds me that I must check and see how my Rhomneya is doing in the back garden...

This reminds me that I must check and see how my Rhomneya is doing in the back garden…

Albizia 'Summer Chocolate'...too big for this trip.

Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate’…too big for this trip.

I'm thinking of going much more drought tolerant in my front garden....Hmmm.

I’m thinking of going much more drought tolerant in my front garden….Hmmm.

I did buy a manageably sized Fremontodendron!

I did buy a manageably sized Fremontodendron, which will fit in the hotel room.

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zonal denial, perhaps

one of the plant sections

one of the plant sections

More Tetrapanax...

More Tetrapanax…

Perhaps my front garden could look like this.

Perhaps my front garden could look like this.

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the big chicken that is the host of summer barbecues.

the big chicken that is the host of summer barbecues.

behind the sales desk

behind the sales desk

Next time I hope to be able to buy some Really Big Plants!

Next time I hope to be able to buy some Really Big Plants!

Next: Our third tour garden of the day.

 

 

 

 

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