Sunday, March 18, 2007

Cistus Nursery

Woke up this morning in a house near Cornelius Pass, off Highway 30 in Oregon.

Got up and went to nearby Sauvie Island, home to Cistus Nursery!

Spent a long time getting from the car to the nursery, as I needed to admire the magnificent trees in the parking lot border, such as this Eucalyptus pauciflora.

I forgot what this is, but I love it.

Here's some Ceanothus starting to bloom. I am obsessed with Ceanothus. I have a whole book on this genus. My calendar this year is all photos of Ceanothus in bloom. Last week I went to a Valerie Easton (Seattle garden columnist) lecture, and I asked her about Ceanothus, just to get a chance to say the word aloud. I planted 11 little Julia Phelps shurbs in the backyard last fall, and I can't wait for them to bloom.

Some of the beautiful Eucalyptus selection.

And a closer view of the Eucalyptus:

I love red foliage, so I was quite taken with this Sedum spurium.

Of course, I also loved the chartreuse Angelina's Gold.

The folks at Cistus write fun tags too.

I'm definitely planting forsythia this year. I know it's kind of trite, but there's really nothing else like it in the winter in the Northwest. (Is there?)

Again, I've forgotten what this is, but I love it.

Some sort of Acacia. Gorgeous.

Shiny happy plant.


chuck b. said...

I think that's Acacia cultriformis (Knife Acacia).

So, you bought that new book, Ceanothus, huh? Tell us more. I have that book on my wish list. Maybe I should just buy it. I really need help identifying the different Ceanothus cultivars. I only know a few. 'Julia Phelps' is wonderful. So fine textured, it veritably glistens.

chuck b. said...

And you woke up at a house with a really, REALLY big deck.