Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall color in the Prop House!

Fall Color in the Mist propagation house! When rooting the trays are lifted up off the floor but for the winter we want them to be sitting on the floor for better Winter protection. It make a huge difference in cold weather.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

A Visit to Joy Creek Nursery

Some Hydrangeas from Joy Creek Nursery

Chiyoko & I took a rare Saturday afternoon off from the Plantmad Nursery & Garden last week & drove over to Scappoose to visit our friend Maurice at Joy Creek Nursery. We spent a lovely couple of hours walking round the Garden, Nursery and chatting with Maurice. We also came away with a great selection of older Japanese Cultivars of Hydrangea for the Plantmad Garden. A great way to spend an afternoon!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Lardizabala biternata

Lardizabala biternata flowering at the Miller Garden on 10/16/2015

Lardizabala is a monotonic Genus native to the central & Southern parts of Chile where it is actually grown for it's edible fruits. Here in the Pacific North West we are just happy to get the flowers! This particular plant is one of the oldest in the PNW as Elizabeth Miller was the first people in the North West to grow one of these.We were able to stick a few cuttings yesterday & have our fingers crossed.  

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Evergreen Wintersweet

This Evergreen Wintersweet is not as spectacular as the more commonly grown Chimonanthus praecox or the 'Luteus' clones but in the fall it's covers in these tiny flowers. We picked our's up from Camelia Forest Nursery a few years ago and have been surprised by it hardiness, the foliage suffered no winter damage at 10F 2 years ago.