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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wednesday Vignette and Foliage Followup

Last weekend Peter The Outlaw Gardener and I went to the Bellevue Botanical Garden to shop for plants at the Northwest Perennial Alliance's March Mania Plant Sale. It started out a cold, wet day but for a short time just after we had finished our shopping, the sun came out and we decided to take a little walk around the garden.

The NPA manages a very large border built into a slope at the BBG, an impressive display of shrubs, trees and perennials that work well here in the PNW. You can read about it here. I'm sure any bloggers who attended the Seattle Fling will remember it well. I don't remember seeing it this early in the growing season, and hadn't realized it looked so good in the late winter/early spring. I was impressed with the swaths of Hellebores growing there, but what really impressed me and Peter both was this set of three Nolina 'La Siberica.' I've seen them before, but I don't think Peter had. He exclaimed quite loudly when they first came into view.

The big, mature clumps of strappy foliage make an effective vertical statement amongst the flowering Hellebores

The same 3 plants from a different angle

I'll be sharing more photos from that day in future Wednesday Vignette posts.

Anna at Flutter and Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. You can see her current post here. This post makes a great Foliage Followup too, hosted by Pam at Digging. Her current post is here.