With nurseries having their fall sales, last week I decided it was high time for a visit to Dancing Oaks Nursery. Given that it is at most a half hour drive, I don't know why I don't go more often. So I made up for lost time. After my first visit I went again a few days later with my friend Heather from Eugene. I took more photos on the first visit because the weather was better that day.
If you've been to Dancing Oaks you know that the final stretch is a two-mile gravel drive across a field, up and over a ridge, down into a valley and a sharp left to the gate. Along the way, I stopped to take photos of these vultures guarding the fields. Such fascinating and creepy birds.
After scrolling through the website, I had a list of plants I wanted to purchase. But I also wanted to take a quick stroll through the gardens. I didn't get nearly enough photos.
|My camera doesn't do these wispy blue flowers justice. They were kind of magical.|
|A pretty hardy fuchsia|
After several fails, I've decided I need to try one more time to grow Plume Poppy. Here are photos of the large and glorious stand in the garden.
|Macleaya cordata or Plume Poppy|
I admit I went a little overboard with photos. I just love these uniquely shaped gray-blue leaves.
I should also find a spot for Four O'Clocks again. I love these cheery flowers.
|Mirabalis jalapa or Four O'clocks with lighter colored Gaura|
I bought one of the 4 inch pots of Bergenia ciliata. Check out the mature specimen! We're talking big leaves here.
At home, here is my loot.
After Dancing Oaks, Heather and I decided to drive the short distance to Dallas to see what Daryll's Nursery had in stock. It had been a few years since I'd been there. I was pleasantly surprised with how fun it was, despite the stupid rain.
|I love all of Daryll's rusty goodies.|
|So many cool plants in rusty or galvanized containers, just my style.|
|Probably the nicest clump of Ajuga I've ever seen.|
|I was completely smitten with this bright red Agastache and had to have it.|
|What is growing in that mailbox?|
|Wire vine and maybe a hardy Geranium?|
|Whenever I try to grow Schizostylis it flops. It looks really nice here.|
|Nice rocks too!|
|If you're looking for a tree or large shrub, Daryll's prices are really hard to beat.|
So, here is what I bought on my second trip to Dancing Oaks and to Daryll's Nursery.
|Clockwise from 12, the aforementioned red Agastache 'Kudos Red' (I bought two. At $4 each, Eryngium 'Miss Willmott's Ghost, Clerodendrum 'Carnival', Soldanella sp. and Eupatorium 'Pink Frost'|
|From left to right: Penstemon 'Ruby', Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues' (Little Blue Stem) and Clematis 'Little Mermaid' Daryll's prices, $5, $7 and $5 respectively!|
|Yes. That's a bonsai wisteria!|
Finally in the shade house, one, just one. But it was a beauty. At $45, I didn't buy it but it was tempting.
I didn't see the Dancing Oaks' felines. They were probably hiding from the rain. But I got a quick glimpse of Fanta at Garland. Not a very good photo though. Her ears are normal.
|Fanta, the garden cat.|
Next time, I'll be back to garden photos. I've been working on a muddy case of musical plants and having a blast. No frost yet so there are still a lot of flowers.