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|
|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|
|Mahonia aquifolium made a beautiful tapestry of color|
|Agave parryi 'Cream Spike'|
|Agave schidigera 'Shiro Ito No Ohi'|
They had lots and lots of Sempervivum, every conceivable size and color, and impeccably presented. Actually, all their plants were impeccably presented.
|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|
|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!