Don't be fooled. Inside this thin coating of sweetness is a fiery core of total insanity.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Little Prince of Oregon Garden Blogger Open House

I mentioned in a previous post that I went to the Little Prince of Oregon Open House for Garden Bloggers/Writers last Sunday. Little Prince of Oregon is a wholesale nursery located in Aurora, Oregon that serves retail garden centers, wholesale nurseries and landscapers. For a few years now, Mark Leichty, who has been Director of Business Development since 2014, has been inviting garden bloggers and writers to an annual Open House to check out their growing operation and shop for plants.

And they feed us a delicious lunch!

I attended last year for the first time, but I didn't get good photos and never wrote a post about it. This time I came prepared to take my time, shop first, go back and take photos (and then, of course) I went back and shopped some more.

You can read more here about the history of Little Prince of Oregon.

Their new office building, where we had lunch, must have had the windows open because as I wandered the grounds every so often a most delicious smell of food would waft through the air from the direction of the office

I'm sure you recognize that frog in a crown symbol

What could be more inviting than that row of open doors?

Maybe two rows of open doors?

All so neat and tidy -- oh goodness, look! More greenhouses in the distance!

There were lots of Sedum tiles -- multicolored

And red!

Baby tree ferns (Dicksonia antartica)

And here's the grown up version unfurling new fronds

I don't remember what this blue grass was, but I love the undulating blades

A sea of Bletilla

Bletilla 'Yokohama'

Mahonia aquifolium made a beautiful tapestry of color

Agave parryi 'Cream Spike'

Agave schidigera 'Shiro Ito No Ohi'

Albuca spiralis

They had lots and lots of Sempervivum, every conceivable size and color, and impeccably presented. Actually, all their plants were impeccably presented.

Sempervivum 'Pekingese'

Look at all those babies!

Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Forest Frost'

Sempervivum 'Strawberry Ice'

Sempervivum 'Cranberry Cocktail' (Can you believe those stripes!) is a Chick Charms Collectable Hens and Chicks cultivar selected by plant breeder Chris Hansen (the breeder of SunSparkler Sedums)

Various bloggers have left their purchases lined up beside their cars

So what did I bring home? First, the greenhouse dwellers.

Three new Agaves -- A. schidigera 'Shiro Ito No Ohi,' A. parryi 'Cream Spike' and A. ferdinand-regis

Anigozanthos flavidus 'Bush Ranger' aka Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw closeup

That day at Little Prince was followed by three sunny, warm days, and the temperature in the greenhouse soared before I realized it, which meant the tree fern that I bought and put out there got a bit fried. But I think I managed to rescue it. It's now living in the kitchen.

Kitchen-dwelling Dicksonia antarctica - fortunately still alive

Fried frond

Eight Deschampsias caespitosa 'Northern Lights'

A selection of interesting Semps -- (from the top, left to right) 'Cotton Candy (another Chick Charm), 'Cranberry Cocktail,' 'Strawberry Ice,' 'Forest Frost,' and an unidentified one that I neglected to get a tag for

No ID, but beautiful

Two new manzanitas (which join the four others still unplanted in my pot ghetto) -- Arctostaphylos hookeri 'White Lanterns,' Arctostaphylos edmundsii 'Big Sur,' and Grevillea rosmarinifolia

Six Sempervivum 'Ruby Hearts' and two Sedum 'Voodoo'

Many thanks to Mark and to Little Prince for the delicious lunch and for opening your doors to a horde of garden bloggers!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday Vignette

For my Wednesday Vignette I'm sharing a photo of a backlit Hellebore from the NPA border at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. I saw it while I was at the NPA March Mania Plant Sale a couple of weekends ago with Peter The Outlaw Gardener.

For some reason red Hellebores have really captured my attention this spring. This one, at the corner of the bed, was like a beacon.

Anna at Flutter & Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. Check out her post here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Drat! Scat!

I was working in the front garden yesterday and found what looked at first like dried black beans scattered across the path. I wondered briefly what plant was nearby that might have dropped seeds that looked like beans, when closer inspection revealed the truth.

It's almost undoubtedly deer poop.

Looks very much like the images I found on a Google Image search

I've been seeing, but trying to ignore, their tracks in the front garden all winter, usually embedded in frost-frozen soil. This morning I found a hoofprint that looks like the cloven devil print of those dratted ruminants.

Does that look to you like a cloven hoofprint?

As soon as I saw the poop, I looked around to see if they might have eaten some of my plants, and my very first thought was the nearby Sedum 'Autumn Joy.' Sure enough, they've been chomped.

I saw deer down the street many months ago, and hoped that they wouldn't discover my garden.

Maybe they won't be back.

Yeah, maybe Santa and the Tooth Fairy are real too. Got any favorite deer resistant plants?

Monday, March 19, 2018

In A Vase/Bowl On Monday

Nigel and I eat out at restaurants more often than we should, and occasionally, when we are checking out a new place and the waitress asks us what we want, we sometimes answer, "One of each," if everything looks good.

I figured the principle "one of each" worked just as well for my presentation today -- one of each Hellebore in my garden, floating in a bowl. It's a good way to present the flowers, since they are for the most part nodding flowers low to the ground that are hard to see, so it's not exactly an original idea. You could probably find hundreds of images with a Google Image search for "Hellebores in a bowl" but it's the best I could come up with today quickly. I didn't have any time yesterday to make the rounds of my garden to choose a bouquet because I spent the day in Portland, OR at Little Prince of Oregon headquarters, getting a tour of their growing facilities, which is pretty fabulous (watch for a future post).

Anyway, here's my one of each Hellebore.

Here's a few closeups.

Some are a bit ragged

Some are still pristine

The cut glass bowl is maybe a bit deep, but it was all I had

Last week's Queen's Tears had to be tossed, it didn't actually last in the vase. The bowl was given pride of place in the window behind the kitchen sink.

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts In a Vase on Monday. She's celebrating 6 years of blogging today. Check out her post to congratulate her and see what she's sharing today, as well as all the other bloggers who participate.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Foliage Followup -- March 2018

It's been a few months since I've posted for Foliage Followup. There hasn't been anything particularly spectacular in the way of leafy goodness happening out in my garden that I felt like celebrating.

But now there is! Lots of wonderful emerging foliage popping out of the ground, so wonderful to see!

Beesia calthifolia emerges a mahogany color and ages to green

I think this ethereal being is Jeffersonia dihpylla

Trillium still folded up

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' in a pot

Eremurus has multiplied

Rheum palmatum always looks like an alien creature

Spring seems to be springing.

Pam at Digging hosts Foliage Followup, always on the day after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here.