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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wednesday Vignette

A couple of weeks ago I decided to run away from home.

I only got as far as Bellevue, though. I stopped at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Actually, that was my destination to begin with. I was feeling sick and tired of my own garden and in desperate need of some inspiration. I took lots of photos, but right now for my Wednesday Vignette I want to share some photos I took while I was wandering around the BBG's Perennial Border.

Actually, perennial border (singular) is a misnomer, it's a series of wide, lush borders set into a sunny  slope with gravel paths running through them, and wide stairs that run up and down the slope at various intervals, perpendicular to the paths. As I was walking along one of the paths, my attention was drawn to this plant. You can see it in the photo below, center right, spraying up out of the border like a fountain.

What on earth was it?

As I got closer I realized I was probably going to have to go around to the path below to find out. Most plants in the border are labeled, but this one was closer to the path below, and that was where I knew I would find the label. Meanwhile, I took a moment to admire it again.

I came down the stairs and turned back toward it. See it there ahead of me, flinging those long, droopy flowers out over the path ahead?

Finally, I stood under it and marveled at those flowers, dangling like dreadlocks.

I looked down.

Much Googling followed, with the discovery that Far Reaches Farms sells it. I have a trip to Far Reaches coming up in a week or so, and it's hopefully in the order that's waiting for me there.

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


  1. Good for your for running away for a day. We all need that, once in a while! I have a Datisca Cannabina in a wine barrel. As soon as I manage to empty out a nearby stocktank of nearly dead bamboo, I'm going to move that Datisca in there. I have already promised Linda C. a start when I do, but I can pry out another one, it's yours - if you don't need it right away, that is. I got my start from Megan H., and believe in passing the good things around! It's a fantastic and fabulous plant!

  2. I had to laugh at the mental picture of you packing a bag and starting off down the street. I love that plant! As Anna mentions Megan grows it and has brought a few starts to our swaps. I've never taken one simply because I don't have room for it.

  3. Oh, I'd love to run away to the BBG. I've visited it a couple times and love their plant IQ! That's what I hoped my datisca would look like last summer but it chose death rather than live in my garden. What an amazing specimen it is there.

  4. A wonderful plant in it's full glory. Glad you found a source. Looking forward to our trip to FR!

  5. Sometimes everyone needs to run away from their own garden and get a little inspiration. Glad you found yours!

  6. Take lots of pix at Far Reaches. I want a complete report!

  7. What a fantastic plant! I can't wait to see it in your garden.

  8. I have admired that plant in the border at the BBG. It is well suited to those broad, sweeping swaths of plantings. It would not work so well in my garden. I'll be interested to see how you use it.

  9. I love this little adventure you went on. And it produced a plant discovery, how fun.

  10. It's mentally refreshing to get out somewhere on a hot day. You can only clean the house so many times...

  11. What a lovely day out. Gardeners all need a regular garden visiting fix.And I really,really need a Datisca cannabina.


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