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Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

evening soirée at Blooming Junction Nursery

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I have a great fondness for Blooming, having bought plants from them for years.  They will send a delivery truck to the Peninsula, and the Basket Case Greenhouse not only carries their plants but lets me look at the availability list and order my favourites.  Therefore, it was a special pleasure for me to go the Saturday garden party at their retail nursery in Cornelius, just west of Portland.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

annual beds at the front entrance (Allan's photo)

annual beds at the front entrance (Allan’s photo)

annuals (Allan's photo)

annuals (Allan’s photo)

strawberry fields (Allan's photo)

strawberry fields (Allan’s photo)

Blooming Junction

Blooming Junction

The perennial display garden by the parking lot made me decide again to turn my front garden into a gravel garden.  (Deciding and doing are such very different things.)

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display

display

display

rocks

rocks

display

plants maturing and intermingling

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entering the nursery (Allan’s photo)

In the  nursery, we were turned loose among the aisles of plants for sale with the wonderful bonus of a 15% discount.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of a window sticker in the parking lot

rudbeckias

rudbeckias

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These were gorgeous...and would probably have thrived in our extra warm dry summer here.

These were gorgeous…and would probably have thrived in our extra warm dry summer here.

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petunia

I had to have this variegated Joe Pye Weed.

I had to have this variegated Joe Pye Weed.

Heucheras (Allan's photo)

Allan was taken with the number of heucheras. (Allan’s photo)

Heucheras (Allan's photo)

Heucheras (Allan’s photo)

Gallardia 'Coral Spark'

Gallardia ‘Coral Spark’

Of course, I got one of each Agastache that I did not already possess.

Of course, I got one of each Agastache that I did not already possess.

Could not resist just one spiky blue veronica.

Could not resist just one spiky blue veronica.

Now I wish I had gotten one of each (pink and blue).

Veronica ‘Darwin’s Blue’ Now I wish I had gotten one of each cultivar (pink and blue).

Why oh why did I not buy this Pittosporum 'Wrinkle Blue'?

Why oh why did I not buy this Pittosporum ‘Wrinkle Blue’?

Allan pointed out how the plant tables started filling with water.

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What a clever and labour saving way to water.

What a clever and labour saving way to water.

(I got me one of these ornamental oreganos.)

(I got me one of these ornamental oreganos.)

water bubbling up

water bubbling up

pretty darn cool

pretty darn cool watering method

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I tried to resist a big shopping spree, and ended up with a shopping trolley full of plants anyway.

My cart (Allan's photo)

My cart (Allan’s photo)

Todd had put a big Phormium in the middle of the cart, knowing that I have completely gone off them.  He and Allan waited to see if I would notice.  I saw it while in the check out line and thought “What the heck?!” then figured Todd was buying it, as another plant of his was on my cart.

the prank Phormium

the prank Phormium (Allan’s photo)

"What the heck?"  (Allan's photo)

“What the heck?” (Allan’s photo)

waiting in line (Allan's photo)

waiting in line (Allan’s photo)

Fortunately, Allan removed that darn Phormium before I bought it!

watering can fountain (Allan's photo)

watering can fountain (Allan’s photo)

As the sun lowers, the temperature…which started out even hotter than in Portland…took on a welcome touch of evening.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shade

large shrubs for sale...I resisted these through lack of energy to move them.

large hydrangeas for sale…I resisted these through lack of energy to move them.

Hydrangea 'Edgy Orbits'

Hydrangea ‘Edgy Orbits’

Even the loos were charming.

Even the loos were charming.

The delicious dinner was catered by Vibrant Table, the catering company of Kurt Beadell, whose garden we had toured earlier in the day.

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Two large outdoor dining areas were soon filled with Hardy Plant people.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

dinner

view from our table

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our table (Allan's photo): That's Kurt Beadell in the middle.

our table (Allan’s photo): That’s Kurt Beadell in the middle.

dessert (Allan's photo)

dessert (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, Dan Hinkley spoke.  I had left my notebook way far away in the parking lot in Todd’s truck, so I borrowed a piece of paper from Alison and a pen from Allan.  I took notes on Dan’s witty remarks, but since the paper was one loose piece I now cannot find it.  I am sure it will turn up someday.  He spoke about plant exploration trips and his new introductions in his Monrovia plant collection and proved that he does not need slides to give a scintillating speech.

an eager audience

an eager audience (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo (If only I could find my notes!!)

Allan’s photo (If only I could find my notes!!)

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We were each given the choice of one of four new, exciting plants from Monrovia.

Allan's photo: Dan with Holboellia coriacea 'Cathedral Gem'

Allan’s photo: Dan with Holboellia coriacea ‘Cathedral Gem’

The “sausage vine” was the gift plant that especially caught my fancy.  He said it blooms in sun or shade.  I hoped there would be enough because it sounded so enticing that I feared everyone would want that one.

A close second in my interest was a new Prostrathera; I had one that survived several winters and smelled so delicious…

Allan's photo, because we cannot ever get too much of Dan.

Allan’s photo, because we cannot ever get too much of Dan.

One I did not get, but do want.

One I did not get, but do want.

This is the one that Allan picked: Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Golden Angel'

This is the one that Allan picked: Leucosceptrum japonicum ‘Golden Angel’ (Allan’s photo)

I cannot for the life of me remember what the fourth plant was.

Allan's photo: An audience member was chosen by a nursery cat.

Allan’s photo: An audience member was chosen by a nursery cat.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: plantsman Sam stands to ask a question.

Allan’s photo: plantsman Sam stands to ask a question.

the line to get gift plants

the line to get gift plants.  Thanks, Monrovia!

There were plenty of plants, so we each got our first choice.

There were plenty of plants, so we each got our first choice.

Later, at home, I looked at the Monrovia site and was thrilled to see you can order online and they will deliver to a participating nursery near you….until I saw that the nearest nursery for my zip code is in Olympia, two hours away.  I wish 7 Dees garden center in Seaside were a participant.  (I tried decreasing the “within x number of miles” to 25 and got the same results…Olympia.)  I have a feeling that next year I may be bribing Our Kathleen, who lives near Oly and has a weekend cottage here, to bring me a Monrovia order.  Perhaps a delicious dinner at the Depot will do the trick.

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By the time the party was over, the air had become bearably cool and I would love to have done more shopping.

Allan's photo: Grace, the owner of Blooming

Allan’s photo: Grace Dinsdale, the owner of Blooming

departing at 9 PM

departing at 9 PM

the parking lot

the parking lot

Allan's photo, as we drove out of the parking lot

Allan’s photo, as we drove out of the parking lot

Back at the hotel parking lot, Allan brought down the bucket of water from our room, and I added the water from a large jug in the van to make enough depth to burble all the new plants.  Because we were checking out of the hotel the next morning, we loaded all our plants down from the room into the van to join the new acquisitions from Blooming.  They’d have to stay in the van during the morning lectures; fortunately, the weather was predicted to be slightly cooler.

I want to show you how packed the van was, even though the photos came out blurry.  Allan said “Remember, we do have luggage.”

all our plants

all our plants in the van

Tonight: a bonus post for you garden nerds who might be interested in my notes from Sunday’s lectures.

Tomorrow:  four more tour gardens.

 

 

 

 

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