Sunday, September 2, 2007

Steamboat Island Nursery

Today I was inspired by this Seattle Times article to take a trip out to Steamboat Island Nursery.

There's quite a buzz about the exotic yet drought-tolerant plants being produced and sold by Laine McLaughlin and Duane Heier. The little "Steamboat Island Nursery" tag seems to garnish the pot of nearly every cool plant I find these days. But Steamboat's offerings are no overnight wonder. McLaughlin started the nursery more than a decade ago in this remotely beautiful spot on a skinny finger of land jutting into Puget Sound.



I was told that this blue-green plant would need some protection over the winter. But I haven't yet gotten to the point where I'm willing to baby any of my plants. It's still "love it or leave it" in my yard.



Here's that poisonous ricin plant that I love.


Banana is gorgeous but has no place in a lazy Northwesterner's garden.




This thorny little guy, a Rosa sericea pteracantha, was featured in the newspaper article.



It gets big.


I love Salvia.


I bought some of this weird donkeytail sedum for our rock wall. It meets all the prerequisites for that space: rosy-colored, sun loving, drought tolerant.


Our final haul. A bunch of sedum, a few unicorn plants, a couple of dwarf strawberry trees, a smoke tree, and a eucalyptus, which we'll plant where a quince used to be.



Hans said...

It's euphorbia myrsinites, the donkey tail euphorbia. :P

And the blue-green plant is melianthus major; did you smell the leaves? They smell just like peanut butter and it is wierd.

In zone 8 it doesn't need protection, as long as drainage is ok and it isn't exposed, I've heard.

JvA said...

That's right! It's euphorbia, not sedum.

And I did smell the leaves, and they did smell like peanut butter, and it was weird!

chuck b. said...

I would consider *some* protection for the Melianthus...maybe next to your house? They get kinda ratty looking tho'... you might not want it next to your house.

That Rosa looks like it would make a formidable barrier planting!

Hans said...

Another euphorbia that is nicer than e. mysinities is e. rigida--it looks just like myrsinites but is 'rigid' and upright. It looks tidier, methinks. Cistus carries it, next time you are in OR.