This past weekend was the Hardy Plant Society's annual Plant Study Weekend. This year it took place in Salem, Oregon, about twenty miles north of where I live. Dinner, speakers, door prizes were enjoyable but touring gardens was the main event. The weather was perfect for my sister Laura and me. We managed to find the gardens without GPS, which was quite a feat. And I got to see Loree Bohl and Nancy Sarpola again and meet Mary Palmer, Ann Amato-Zorich, Jane Finch-Howell, Lance Wright. And several others.
At one point on Sunday morning, a tall handsome man walked up to me and asked where the coffee was. It was Dan Hinkley! I bowed, then blushed, then tried to remember where I had seen the coffee. Then as I escorted him to the refreshment pavilion, I complimented him on his writing and tried, rather futily, to act cool.
Because there are so many photos, I'll try to keep my comments brief. Enjoy!
|I was happy to see Francoa sonchifolia blooming since I recently bought two plants|
from Annie's Annuals.
|The long-stemmed flowers jut upward from a tidy rosette in early summer.|
Do any of you grow this beauty?
|Love the gate, love the curly hosta at its feet.|
|Tons of garden art!|
|Most of the gardens on the tour were big with lots of room.|
|Sometimes it's the simple things.|
|I didn't know what plant this was but it was spectacular.|
|So many pathways weaving here and there.|
|I loved the vintage colors on the bike.|
There were lots of outbuildings sprinkled throughout these large gardens.
|Perfect creeping Thyme|
|On my wish list: Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'|
Here are the flowers, pink of course!
|The foliage, tidy and lovely.|
|The entire thing.|
|Seriously. A school/church bell!|
|I was lusting after this trough for its size. |
It was about 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide.
|And I was swooning over this cement lamp post.|
|I love those lines.|
|Wouldn't it be cool lit up at night?|
Nice Punica on the right.
|Here is another plant I've spied on the Annie's Annuals website.|
Dianthus carthusianorum 'Clusterhead Pink'
|It was almost finished blooming here.|
|The wall art is nice but check out the variegated foliage on|
|On the other side of this enclosure was a raised bed vegetable garden.|
|This table looked like a cardboard box until we touched it.|
It was concrete. Very cool!
|I really, really wanted that vintage olive bucket.|
|And the washtubs.|
|The iron curlicue was the gate's latch.|
|No weeds, anywhere!|
|Cool storage shed and my sister.|
|These Mahonia berries were almost too perfect to be real.|
|Why doesn't my Lamium look like this?|
|I love Hart's Tongue Fern!|
|It's not easy to see here but amongst the foliage is a cute wire thing with bells on the ends.|
|Ironically, I saw the same thing a few weeks ago while on a local garden tour.|
|How cute are these?|
|Acer griseum bark is always captivating.|
|I thought this was a clever use of space.|
|I've never seen a Clematis with the lower stems twisted together like this.|
|I love driftwood. Someday I'd like to have a big enough stash to create this.|
|I'm not a huge fan of yellow but this Dahlia was really cute.|
We never did learn the name of it.
|Anyone know the name of this?|
|This looks like Hydrangea macrophylla 'Invincible Spirit.'|
I love those blossoms.
|Geranium 'Birch Double' I believe.|
|It seems like every garden had this Podophyllum.|
|Strawberry plants in the containers and in the ground.|
|This is the one, Loree.|
|This cute thing made me think of my friend Carol.|
|This garden had a lot of formal elements but the owner was the most down to earth,|
sweet lady you'd ever meet.
|I am not a huge fan of pines but I loved this guy.|
|Can you imagine?|
|I bought a Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' the next day after swooning over these.|
|These were more peachy than orange... and so cool!|
|After posting this mystery Clematis on Facebook, I learned it is C. viticella 'Kermesina'|
|It's going on my plant wish list.|
|Here is what to do with all of those Sedum 'Angelina' plants |
I'm always digging up.
|As a rock-lover, I thought this was pretty cool.|
|I loved this little guy.|
|Also, here is my sister's Thalictrum kiusanum in full bloom.|
Thankfully I was able to purchase my own plant on Sunday morning.
I was confusing it with T. ichangense 'Evening Star' which I already had.
|Another plant I had to purchase was this fantastic spreading Himalayan Maidenhair Fern.|
|This glass lily was to die for.|
|This fountain was crafted from a collection of brass horned instruments.|
|This plant went on my wish list. Love that foliage!|
Geranium phaeum 'Margaret Wilson'
|It's difficult to see here but water was cascading down through the three rain chains.|
It stopped me in my tracks.
I had intended to purchase the extra memory card for my camera but never did. So I didn't get nearly as many photos as I could have. But I suppose it's just as well.
I did get this cool bumper sticker:
And there you have it.
Did you see anything that you need to copy in your garden?