Fred and Leonard, proprietors and gardeners extraordinaire have such a full, exuberant garden. I love how they allow things to grow where they want. No fussiness here, just down to earth, awesomeness. The area near the checkout building had a large patch of milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) just finishing its blooming. I was kind of jealous. Here is a photo.
|The milkweed at Dancing Oaks|
|The milkweed in my garden. Not quite as spectacular but, we're getting there.|
|Here is my pink milkweed (Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella')|
Still no monarch butterflies but I'm hoping.
One of the plants in Fred and Leonard's garden that I've been ogling over for a few years now is Epilobium fleischeri. A relative of the native Fireweed, (Epilobium angustifolium) which I also love and grow in my garden, I love the wispy, airy elegance of E. fleischeri. Plus it's a sun-loving, drought tolerant stalwart. It was growing in several places in their garden. My photos don't do it justice.
|No bees in this photo but trust me, they were all over this plant.|
|Here's another photo. It doesn't get more than 3 feet tall and wide.|
|A few more clumps of it. Kind of reminds me of Gaura.|
Viewing the garden was an education on winter hardiness. There were a lot of survivors, despite a cruel, plant killing winter.
|Here is a photo I took a few years ago. (Like a dimwit I was too awestruck to get a photo this time.)|
Notice the dark foliage on the Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy'?
Well, this plant survived temperatures down below zero F last winter.
Here are some photos I took in the hoop house. Look at all the different varieties they sell.
|This cute little butterfly captivated us. Blurry, but you get the idea. |
Anyway, after seeing my friend Annie's Eucomis survive and seeing these, I'm going to
be planting some this fall.
Back in my humble garden:
|Check out my happy hollyhocks.|
Never have they looked so good. For some gardeners they grow like weeds,
but I have to really baby them. But I'm loving the results.
|Phlox ... Darn it. I don't have the cultivar name.|
|They're looking good though, aren't they?|
|My first Dahlia blossoms--pink, of course.|
|Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' now in full bloom.|
|More Phlox and Galega|
|Echinacea 'Pow Wow Wildberry'|
|A very happy Clematis 'Polish Spirit'|
|And Clemmy 'Ville de Lyon'|
|I'm very impressed with this red flowering Agastache I purchased last year.|
|My blooming Artichoke with Daisy 'Ice Star'|
Notice the Pacific Wax Myrtle behind them on the far left.
It died back to the ground but is making good progress recovering.
|I love this pink Day lily. I think it's 'Final Touch'.|
Did you all see the article about Fry Road Nursery on OregonLive? Owner Ann Detweiler talks about her specialty plant--hardy fuchsias. I am so smitten with this genera. All of mine survived the winter and are up and blooming and they'll keep blooming until frost. The hummers love them almost as much as I do. I've purchased a few more plants this year and I'm thinking about going back for a few more. They need to be watered a lot their first year but after that, a weekly watering and a hearty mulch top dressing.
|I didn't write down the name of this variety but doesn't it look good|
with the Japanese Forest Grass?
|I showed this one last time. Cool, isn't it?|
|Here's another one.|
|Love this little bargain annual Impatiens|
|My Brachyscomb 'Radiant Magenta' is looking really good after I got rid of the aphids.|
That's it. Now go check out the Garden Bloggers' Fling photos.