Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hydrangea-palooza at Joy Creek Nursery

   The day after my friends and I visited Joy Creek they celebrated their 20th anniversary with a garden party (of course !) and a cake in the likeness of their logo.  I salute any successful horticultural endeavor , especially those with beautiful display gardens. And speaking of display gardens , these were in their high-summer glory for our visit .

Ever been in a Hydrangea grove ? It's dramatic. 

 A travel companion raises the arms for rescue..drowning in hydrangeas !

But the Hydrangeas are not the only attraction.  Joy Creek has one of the finest selections of Clematis on the west coast , especially since the demise of Chalk Hill.

And lots of other stuff too..

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Over the Top

 A friend in the wholesale nursery business who could not join us this year on the annual garden tour, stepped up  to the plate and facilitated a visit to Terra Nova Nursery in Oregon. I took so many photos here I think it may be a duo-post; for this one I'll just let the pictures do the talking. Hotcha !

Thank you V ~

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dangerous !

  Less than a week has gone by since my friends and I kicked off our annual garden tour extravaganza; so many gardens, so many great meals, so much there anything better ?

 This year we traveled to the Pacific Northwest, and the first stop on the agenda was a visit to the Danger Garden. The cameras were clicking madly before Loree even got out the door. I think we all agreed, no matter how well done the photos we've seen of this garden, only an in-person visit can do it justice. I mean it was just, well, bitchen.Totally.

No need to look at the address ..this must be the place !

 The New England delegation is pondering their micro-climates-Tetrapanax envy.

So much to see.

 Is this cool or what ?

Elegant. Out of focus-I guess I need to go back.

The containers-artfully arranged

It's all just perfect !

Thank you Loree for inviting us into your special world.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

July Bloomfest 2012

No shortage of happenings this month , as the garden is full of satiated bees and hummers.

The Lilies are  are beginning their peak season,, this is 'Scheherazade' an Orienpet hybrid from The Lily Garden.This is my number one go-to grower for Lilies, I can always find a spot to pop in another one .


'Black Beauty'


And Dahlia season too.

One of my favorite grasses Chasmanthium latifolium.

New this year, Trifolium rubens


Variegated foliage kicks this Lantana up a notch.

Agastache 'Sangria' with the energetic 'Black and Blue' Salvia

Bloomfest !

Tipping the hat to Carol at May Dreams , our hostess for this monthly visit to blooming gardens around the globe.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pelargonium schizopetalum

Purchased from Robin Parer several years ago at the San Francisco Garden Show, this rizome-y rooted Pelargoniums'  brief bloom cycle is anxiously awaited here each summer. Allegedly night-scented , I have never detected a fragrance.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Damn Daylilies

 Several years ago I innocently wandered on to the Daylily forum on GardenWeb, never suspecting that I was about to be sucked into the vortex of High Maintenance. Ironic I know- for I am a high maintenance gardener --I would rather deadhead and water containers than dust and vacuum any day. But there is a limit-a high limit mind you, but a limit none the less.

 The GardenWeb Daylily people are extraordinarily dedicated , and much to my detriment, they post a lot of photos. I learned about the best mail order nurseries, learned about tetraploids and diploids,  proliffs and fans. I also learned about the Daylily Auction. Uh-oh. Very tempting that Daylily Auction. And so I was off. Boxes full of double and triple fans arriving weekly , thrilled to find that freebies are common, shocked to learn what some serious collectors might  pay  for newer hybrids. Even in the peak of my rose collection mania , I never forked out 200 bucks for a bare root rose. How happy I was though with my modest purchases..I stuck them in everywhere.

 It wasn't long before some tragic realities became apparent.Reality 1; snails love Daylily foliage. Not only delicious, but a superior hiding place. Snail nirvanah.Snail Utopia. Reality 2; Daylily colors are highly variable and unstable. In my soil and climate the lovely pinks and lavenders become exactly the color of the 'flesh' crayon you had in your box of crayolas. Flesh is not part of my garden color scheme. Reality 3; Dayliles look like crap if they aren't deadheaded every single day, and even crappier if the horrible snail foliage isn't stripped off frequently. Reality 4; the foliage is also crappy on the two Daylilies I have that the snails don't like.Reality 5; There are Daylilies who hate my garden , and the flowers never ever open all the way. Reality 6; Stippling.

 Still, they are compelling. I'm going to keep this one I guess.

And this one, Calico Jack.

Must keep Bela Lugosi

And what nice clear colors Tigerling has !

Flesh rejects.

Nice flowers , but they never open all the way. Adios.

Annoying stippling 

Not attractive.