A week ago, I left the garden in reasonably good order to travel to the west coast. Weeds were mostly under control, and I even fit in a bit of planting before leaving since a few afternoon storms were forecast. The storms faded, so the small perennials barely survived the week, but otherwise the garden was in fine shape when I returned. Still, there was some catching up to do before I can get back to my routine.
Many of the garden’s Japanese maples have been found on this annual journey to nurseries in Oregon, and again I’ve returned with plans to order a few. Now, I must figure out where they can be planted (Acer japonicum ‘Meigetsu’, above).
Until I’m back on track, here are a few photos taken upon my return.
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Your garden is stunning!
I live in Portland, OR, curious what nurseries you visited?
In our week in Oregon we visited 4-5 nurseries each day, mostly in the Gresham, Woodburn, and St. Paul areas. Many of these are growers that I have been dealing with for thirty years or more, including Spada Farms, Woodburn, Ernst, nurseries operated by the Ekstrom borthers, and many smaller growers. There are a few growers I have not visited in thirty five years traveling to Oregon, but not many. Since I have a particular interest in Japanese maples and conifers, this is my favorite region of the country for visiting nurseries.
What are those large ferns next to the Bluestone path?
Ostrich ferns, that were transplanted from a damp spot at the edge of the forest that borders the garden. While they are best suited to damp shade, this spot is moderately dry with much more sun than would seem to be ideal. But, like many shade loving plants, they will grow most vigorously in sun until a point where the sun is too intense, and then they will fail.
Thank you. I have lots of ostrich ferns but none are that big, perhaps because they do not receive that much sun. I may try t relocate some of them.