Thursday, December 26, 2013

Super-Freeze Follow Up

I mentioned last week I'd post about the state of the garden post-deep freeze 2013. Here's a photo journal of the results - all taken on Christmas Day, 2013. There are many winners and a few fried fellows. Here we go!

First up, the sedums! 

    All the sedums made it, no surprise to anyone who grows these hardy lovelies. These first two are Sedum spathulifolium - the purpureum variety (I think purpureum, but these things change colors frequently). Native to my area.


 Here is some Sedum oreganum, also native to my area. Mixed in is moss and some Sedum album; not native but quite hardy.

Sedum oreganum, looking fab as usual! This grows in all kinds of nooks and crannies at Chickadee Gardens.

Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco' - does well in Winter but does go a little sparse and loses some of its whiteness. But, native and gorgeous. 

 The ecoroof is looking fine - did not lose anything, but the Pennisetum (which had a needed haircut late Fall) looks bad. Sedums are spreading and doing quite well.

 Pittosporum crassifolium 'Compactum' (I think, it was a NOID tough love sale at Cistus in 2012). My friend Loree of Danger Garden blogged about it here, I love it as much as she does. It got a bit fried at the tips, but I think he'll pull through fine, don't you? (please say yes!)....Not native but a hardy addition to this climate.

 Lonicera hispidula or Hairy Honeysuckle, native to this area. It has been evergreen for me and continues to impress. It has pink blooms in Summer but it has never bloomed for me. Not yet. Which is fine. Really. Not a huge fan o' pink.

Hebe 'Champion' purchased at Portland Nursery to replace a beautiful native Penstemon that bit the dust last Summer. This, although not native, is evergreen and looks quite good to me! 

 This Coppertone sedum had no chance **sigh** ... I loved it so. I even wrapped it and covered it and did all I could - but it just wasn't meant to be. Not a winner....only hardy to zone 9 so I can't be THAT surprised.

 Polypodium scouleri - Leather-leaf fern. Native, gorgeous, doing quite well. Winner!

Cunninghamia lancelota 'Glauca' or China Fir, a standout in the winter garden. Native to China, purchased at the Lan Su Chinese Garden plant sale some four years ago. Winner!

Hebe pimeleoides 'quick silver' - looking just fine. Winner! 

 Lewisi cotyledon, a native and a winner. Looking quite lovely and will be even better this Spring with whorls of orange salmon flowers exploding out of its sides. Just needs good drainage. Arctostaphylos 'Martha Ewan'....doesn't look very good, does it? Maybe she'll pull through..I hope so, Arctostaphylos are among my favorite plants and native, too.

Another Arctostaphylos, right next door to the above Martha Ewan variety, this one is 'Panchito'. So far so good. 

 Mahonia nervosa or Cascade Oregon Grape, native to the area, the state flower! Yellow blooms that turn to purple black berries, evergreen fabulous plant. Turns these gorgeous shades in cold weather. Lovely lovely lovely.

 Oxalis oregana, native redwood sorrel. This one doesn't look so bad, but see the next:

 Wow, this stuff which is usually semi-evergreen just turned to mush. I am, however, confident it will come back with gusto.

 The new vine maple Acer circinatum Pacific Fire...gorgeous bark! Deciduous and will do fine despite the cold, I just wanted to include it because of its gorgeousness in the middle of Winter.

 The star jasmine or Trachelospermum jasminoides did just fine. I thought it would have frozen solid, but I think because it's semi-protected it survived despite the drooping leaves it sustained for about a week. It bounced back and looks great. Very surprised by this guy!

 Echeveria setosa - it survived last year with no protection. We'll see about this year. Definitely not hardy in this area but I love him....I gave him protection....we'll see.

 Pittosporum tenuifolium 'James Stirling' I THINK. It was also a tough love sale item at Cistus in 2012. Hmmm....anyone? See below for a detail.

 It wasn't always this color. I think he may be a goner.

Good ol' Salal. Evergreen, native and a beautiful plant with all kinds of virtues.

 Here's an example of why I am trying to add more evergreens to the gardens. Those little circles are sea thrift, a native plant with cute pink Dr. Seuss-like pink poms. The shrubs are Cistus, and they really add something to the ol' hell strip. The deciduous ones are Spiraea douglasii - Douglas spiraea...a great native plant. All winners...they did just fine.

 Polystichum setiferum divisilobum - Soft Shield Fern. Looks fab! Winners!

 Yucca angustissima var. kanabensis...looking great! Native to Southwestern US. Hardy to zone 6, so he did just fine.

 The Loropetalum chinense looks terrible. He's suffered through bad freezes before and come through, just hoping that is the case this time.

 Two NOID yuccas that are just fine...tough ol' guys.

 The Fatshedera lizei 'Variegata' looks fine even after some frozen leaf droop for a week. Came through like a champ.

 Uncinia rubra 'Belindas Finds' looks great. The cats love it though, it suffers more from their fangs than the cold.

 Good ol' sedum basket....looking just fine. I'm sure there are about 28 peanuts buried in there. My thanks to the Blue Jays!

 Orange (not so orange right now) New Zealand sedge always looks fine.

 Choisya ternata 'Sundance #1' or Mexican Mock Orange looking good. No harm here.

 Hebe looking a bit fried. He's got some eastern exposure, that ol' east wind...

 Phormium NOID - don't know if this guy will make it. He was wrapped up but not looking very perky.

 Native to this area Bear Grass or Xerophyllum tenax. Fab.

 Yellow Eyed Grass or Sisyrinchium californicum. Native, gets a little 'squishy' in the Winter but overall fares well in this weather. A winner for sure.

 Maidenhair Spleenwort. A wonderful little fern, native, yes, looking great. Evergreen, too.

 This was once a Pelargonium sidoides 'Xera Shades', now a fried crispy little thing. First year in the ground so hopefully it will come could just be a deciduous Silver Leaved Geranium. I hope so. Anyone?

 Geum 'Totally Tangerine' looking nice! Very surprised this guy did not suffer more.

 This was once a Pineapple a pile of mush. Since they are bulbs, I'm hoping this mushiness does not indicate total death.

 And finally, a native Heuchera micrantha, native Coral Bells. Didn't skip a beat.

All in all I have to say the native plants did really really well despite the fact that the temps were well below our zone's lowest temps. That just makes me even more enthusiastic about their virtues. Many of the plants native to New Zealand also fared well, as did most I have purchased at Xera Plants

Until next week, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and here's to a fabulous gardening season in 2014! Do share what is doing well in your garden this week1

Friday, December 06, 2013

Late Autumn at Cistus Nursery

Earlier this fall, I took one last trip out to my favorite nursery, Cistus Nursery on Sauvie Island just outside of Portland. They were having their annual Tough Love sale, so I had to get in before the end of October. As it snowed in Portland today for the first time this season, it's a nice chance to look back at some colors other than white and gray.

Also, I must apologize for the tardy blog post, we experienced a family medical emergency over Thanksgiving weekend and needless to say, I have been preoccupied. All is well now and it's nice to get back in the swing of things. So, as the sign says, Walk this Way! 

Even the parking lot is fabulous! OK - let's take a tour of some colors, textures and glowiness (is that a word??) of the beauty that is the changing colors of autumn. Let's go!

But first up under the big tent is a Yucca rostrata. Love these spiky guys!

Oooo...what's the collective pronoun for a group of Yucca? A spike of Yuccas? Gaggle?

I know Loree of Danger Garden fame has photographed this corked fellow below. How handsome is he??!!

Oooo...multiple spiky things. Me want.

Multiple rosette-y things too. Me also want.

OK, so out of the big tent and on to the tables comes the red and oranges. I think I got the timing just right. Look at those maples!

Some beautiful Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis' - very tempting but I walked on by. I do like some pinks, and if I were to buy any pinks, this would be it. Kind of fairy-like...nice!

More yummy autumnal foliage. I was so bad at noting what plants were what this trip, I was just a bit overwhelmed with the trip in general as I tend to be at Cistus.

Beautiful Vitis vinifera (I think)...lovely color.

Gorgeous color combinations.

Me thinks this is a Schefflera delavayi. Me thinks me loves. Will have to find room in the garden next year for one of these beauties. Maybe this current freeze we are experiencing will take care of that for me. **sniff** I hope not....but it looks like we're going to have a Phormium Killing Winter, a PKW. Darn!

The native Bear Grass - Xerophyllum tenax, a lovely native plant. Cistus has a good selection of Pacific Northwest natives.

 Purdy glowy goodness!

Some native Oxalis and ferns in the gardens...nice...for a shady area the native Oxalis is great for naturalization. I know some don't like it, but if it's given enough space and placed in a larger garden, it's quite lovely.

 Like I said, even the parking areas and surroundings are dreamy....

How about that gorgeous Acer color??

That's some fancy exfoliating bark!

Aah, the Eucalyptus. Such lovely fragrance. 

Then there was this funny tree... I did not catch the name but it had these odd fruits  hanging on.

What the corn? Anyone?

And now we've come full circle, back to the parking lot where the sale was winding down. I managed to find several little treasures to take home.

I did not photograph them, but I got three Hosta 'Mouse Ears' sweet, a Yucca 'Blue Boy', some Impatiens omeiana, a couple Yucca schottii - one for me, one for a friend. Nice haul, really. I know there was something else but my mind fails me right now. All in all, a steal at only $3 each.

And it wouldn't be a visit to Cistus without a beautiful Arctostaphylos. I am not sure which variety this guy is but they do have quite a large selection. If you were looking for one, they've got a great assortment and can help with one to fit your specific needs and size requirements. They are native to this area and Cistus does a great job educating the public about their many landscape virtues.

So next time around, I think we'll have to ponder the effects of the cold snowy weather we are experiencing...let's cross our fingers and hope that the spiky goodness is spared. And also hope my plant-wrapping skills are up to par. Until next time....what's new in your garden?