Thursday, October 9, 2014

2014 Garden Bloggers Fling - Cistus Nursery and Joy Creek Nursery

After visiting the Lan Su Chinese Garden, we headed over to Cistus Nursery and Joy Creek Nursery. I've always wanted to go to Cistus so I was very excited, practically pushing people out of the way to get off the bus when we arrived. We only had an hour at Cistus, which really wasn't enough time (grumble grumble) for me to look at the plants for sale and to check out the gardens. By the time I'd selected my purchases it was time to go so I don't have many photos of the garden. I was trying to photograph on my way out as danger garden was (politely) yelling at me to get back on the bus. 

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By the way it was pretty hot out. This poor doggie in his heavy fur coat managed to find the shadiest, dampest spot he could. 

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They have a fun system at the nursery that helps you locate fragrant plants. 

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I picked up a younger version of this wide-leaved fern. It's doing just fine with my rather forgetful watering. 

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This was a pretty nifty Acanthus I'd not seen before. A little too prickly to take home on the plane though. And this giant duck I did not notice until I was leaving the nursery. I must have had my nose stuck down in the plants the whole time. 

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I need this for my house. 

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After Cistus we headed over to Joy Creek. We had more time at Joy Creek since we were also having lunch and presentations here. The gardens were lovely. I'm glad I had time to roam. 

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Of course a lot of the gardens are used as growing grounds for material for propagation. 

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Kate Walz of Gardening and Gardens perfectly matched one of the fuchsias. 

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There was lots of drama too (thankfully just by the plants).

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I loved this Viburnum. Anyone know which one it is? 

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The shopping area was over by a neat, big ol' barn. 

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Next we'll head on over to Old Germantown Gardens and then end the day at Westwind Farm Studio. See you soon. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

2014 Garden Bloggers Fling - Portland Chinese Garden

OK, I'll just go ahead and say it. I don't like really like chinese gardens. It's something about the ornateness of everything - swooping roofs, scrollwork, patterned tiles, painted woodwork, heavily puckered stone - texture upon texture upon texture! I find it a bit overwhelming. There is also a high-contrast to chinese gardens I have a hard time with - those white walls right next to dark plants and how an overly bright courtyard will lead to a very dark shady spot. And the fact that I always seem to go to chinese gardens on really hot, sunny days probably does not help. I'm sure some folks love the drama of these gardens, to me they just feel too unnatural. Yet chinese gardens are supposed to be creating a hyper-natural style. Maybe it's the hyper part that gets to me. 

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BUT, that said, I did find some scenes I really liked at Portland's  Lan Su Chinese Garden. If I can just focus on a detail or two, put blinders on to strip away some of the drama, then I find some beautiful things that would be lovely to incorporate into a garden of my own. 

Who wouldn't love to have an amazing gate like this in one's garden? 

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One feature I couldn't get enough of are the mosaic pebble floors. I love the pattens and the way the plants and moss soften the edges. Apparently the pebbles act like an acupressure treatment to the feet if you take your shoes off. I found it pleasant but a tad bit painful too. 

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And the architecture I can take in bits and pieces. I asked the guy dusting the bridge how often they had to dust the scrollwork. "Every day" he said, somewhat mournfully I thought. He did add that it can be quite meditative though. Weeding I find meditative, dusting not so much. 

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Those rocks I can appreciate in small doses. 

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The boat and lily pads were pretty charming. 

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Another moon gate. 

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Some calmer textural layering here. 

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And the garden had some neat plants too. Impatiens omeiana definitely likes Portland. They don't look that happy in Oakland. And this was a new pine to me - Pinus bungeana or Lacebark Pine. Love the camo look. 

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OK, so there was plenty to like. I'd even go visit again.