Whenever I visit my sister or, in this case, Judi Hook earlier this month, the plant mobile takes a brief detour to see what's new at Alpine Nursery, which always has an abundance of great plants and fun yard art.
Rhododendron 'Hoopla' ...swoon. If only I had space.
Alpine's large selection of Acer palmatum was starting to show spring color.
Just think of the foliage this character could eat!
Phormium surrounded by Sanguisorba hakusanensis 'Lilac Squirrel'
We're having a cool, wet spring but this guy told me something about a great fall.
Rust seems appropriate for the pacific northwest.
Meanwhile, down on the farm...
One of several water features scattered around.
Have you seen these? they were new to me. A genius idea to keep top-heavy potted trees from blowing over.
Magnolia 'Black Tulip.' My own is blooming now as well and I'm so glad it was added to my jungle.
Some birds must have though that this Magnolia stellata was a great place to raise a family.
Rhododendron 'Golden Ruby' is neither golden nor ruby but it's sure spectacular!
A thrilling and unusual sight, Sciadopitys verticillata 'Gold Rush' had to come home with me.
So many unusual evergreens!
The pink foliage tones of Helleborus argutifolius 'Snow Fever' made it also need to come home with me.
The greenhouse was ready for Easter!
The selection of succulents has grown!
TAAA ("There's always an agave" - Loree Danger Garden Bohl)
Oh-oh, looks like there'll be some dinosaurs tromping around the place in short order so you might want to get over there and shop for plants while it's still safe.
Fortunately, we had the most beautiful weather so far this year on Friday (65 degrees and sunny.) Fortunately, I took the day off work. Unfortunately, I took the day off work because the flu bug visited my house.
This meany left me with barely enough energy to hoist the remote control as the dogs and I lay on the couch, drifting in and out of sleep all day.
Fortunately, there are lots of blooms in the garden to put in a vase. Unfortunately, rain poured down most of the day and I considered taking pictures of a silk arrangement already in place instead.
This Rhododendron 'President Roosavelt' had bent down to the ground very near my back door and looked as beat as I felt. (This variety is gorgeous with variegated foliage and bi colored blooms but are also known for leaning and being a bit weak.)
One quick dash outside was about it for me. The rhododendron was placed in an Helium mug, a gift of my niece.
If you don't know Strindberg and Helium, here are some uplifting videos:
The flu bug and rhododendron were joined by facial tissue, sleepytime tea, and a thermometer. Not the most flower-filled Monday Vase but certainly the fastest to assemble. Didn't want to miss out on the addictive In A Vase On Monday meme hosted by the talented and creative Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click here to see her arrangement this week and to find links to those of other participants.
Can you believe it's already the last week of April? My poor garden has been sorely neglected this year and I've agreed to open it in a couple of months for the Northwest Perennial Alliance. Hope they like the drifts of dandelions and masses of shotweed.
When attending the sale sponsored by the Rhododendron Species Garden Foundation, who could resist the temptation to take a walk through their spectacular botanical garden? As an added bonus, I asked a question and was directed to a fellow who turned out to be the famous plant explorer and director of the garden. What a thrill to meet this brilliant and kind man about whom I'd read. I won't bore you with many words because there are so many pictures in this post.
R. sinogrande for sale. Dig the big bold foliage!
Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta has huge blooms!
Exciting things to come!
The non-gardener remarked at the darkness of this Camellia japonica. They really were stunning!
A brief moment of sun between showers.
Soon to be a field of Cardiocrinum giganteum and blue poppies.
Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense
Vibrant textures of spring.
On to the stumpery.
Have a good weekend all. Hope we all get some nice gardening weather!