|There were plenty of plant vendors and plants to choose from!|
After the sale, I locked my new purchases in the car (hoping they wouldn't get too hot in there), and checked out the Rhododendron garden. I'm not a big fan of rhodies, to be honest. Yes, they're evergreen, but I've never grown one that had dense enough boughs to make a good screen. And they flower briefly in the spring (right now in fact), and then just ordinary leaves for the rest of the year. They seem to have a tendency to get twiggy and weak down below, which means they look somewhat better if you limb them up. But that, of course, makes them even less effective screens.
|It's a lovely shaded walk from the parking lot to the garden.|
But they are beautiful when they flower.
They smell nice too. I never noticed a scent on the rhodie I grew in my garden in Massachusetts. But there was definitely a lovely, delicate scent in the air at the garden.
|This bumble bee's butt didn't even twitch as I approached. I managed to get a picture using my macro setting, up close and personal.|
|I came around a curve in the path, from shade into bright sunlight, and saw this hanging overhead. Just beautiful!|
Fortunately, if you're not that into rhodies, there are plenty of other plants there to amaze you.
|This Arbutus menziesii is a fascinating specimen, with its twisty branches.|
|The trunk had the trademark peeling bark.|
|Under some trees a little further on is an enormous clump of Solomon's seal, looking to me like ballet dancers.|
|Many were about to flower.|
|Others were still emerging.|
|Stumps and logs everywhere were covered with various kinds of moss.|
I came around another curve in the path and was confronted by this intriguing collection of stumps and twisted limbs. Is this what they call a stumpery? It was like a magical fairy tale land. I fully expected a wood nymph, or one of Tolkien's elves, to appear.
|Rocks and soil were still caught in the roots of an upturned stump|
|Look at that blue sky!|
|A magnolia tree was also flowering.|
I only just scratched the surface of what's there at the Rhododendron Species Garden. There was so much more to see, but I was afraid my plants were frying in the car.
So what did I buy?
|Peltoboykinia tellimoides -- I had never heard of this before, but I couldn't pass up those leaves!|
|Oplopanax horridus, a native whose common name is devil's club|
|Look at those spikes on the stem!|
|Even the underside and top of the leaf bristles!|
|Filipendula 'Red Umbrellas'|
|Jeffersonia diphylla (aka twinleaf), an eastern native. I always wanted one when I lived back east.|
|Saxifraga x geum 'Dentata'|
|Aren't those the cutest leaves ever?|
|Cardoons, which are edible, but I bought them for the foliage|
|Two shrubs, -- Callistemon subulatus and Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane.'|
I bought the shrubs from The Desert Northwest. I emailed Ian Barclay, the owner, and requested that he set them aside for me, and he very gladly did! He chose fine specimens for me.
I hope you enjoyed coming along with me on my outing. I really want to go back and see even more of the garden! There's a lot I missed.
If you want to learn more about the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, check out this link.