a vignette from the coast & some recent acquisitions


In order to join Anna (Flutter and Hum) for her Wednesday Vignette, I was scrolling through photos. When I came across this stately tree, seen near Ecola Park earlier in the summer (escaping searing heat in the city) I thought “this is it”. Do click through to see Anna’s eye for pattern, on display with this week’s offering.

Begonia boliviensis 'Bonfire Orange'

Begonia boliviensis ‘Bonfire Orange’

As promised, I want to show you some of the things I picked up on my road trip with Amy. For seventy-five cents, how could I resist Begonia boliviensis ‘Bonfire Orange’? It might seem silly this late in the season, but I hear taking cuttings is quite effective. I’m going to find out.

Helenium 'Ruby Tuesday'

Helenium ‘Ruby Tuesday’

The Helenium I had by the fence line disappeared, and now I know why. They like to be kept moist. Time to try again with Helenium ‘Ruby Tuesday’.


I was smitten by the flower color and its stature (nice and tall).


I didn’t even know there was such a thing as White Star Creeper. Get a load of those plummy berries and that one remaining white flower. If this takes hold, I will be back for more. I also picked up a wooly thyme and a Sedum pluricale ‘Isle of Saklahlin’. All of the above came from Starkey’s Corner, formerly Larsen Farms.

Polypodium vulgare 'Bifidomultifidum'

Polypodium vulgare ‘Bifidomultifidum’

On to Dancing Oaks, where it was the ferns that called out to me. This Licorice Fern was spectacular growing in their display garden, still in tip-top shape after our extended heat wave.

Blechnum penna-marina

Blechnum penna-marina

One of the perks of traveling with Amy is her sharp eye for things I might otherwise overlook. Once she called my attention to the Alpine Water Fern, I knew I had to have it.

Asplenium ebenoides

Asplenium ebenoides

Dragon Tail Fern is pretty darn cute. Factor in the name and I’m hooked. A week of clouds and rain (whew) gave me the opportunity to get all of these new treasures into the ground. Which reminds me: better get out there and give them a drink to fortify against the latest heat wave.

22 thoughts on “a vignette from the coast & some recent acquisitions

  1. That tree certainly has character! Great plant haul. If you want to keep B. b. ‘Bonfire’ in a pot, simply bring it in after frost cuts the plant back or cut it off yourself when you’re ready, throw the whole pot in a dry place (doesn’t have to be very warm at all, and neglect it for the winter. (mine get thrown in the dark basement.) Around the end of February or beginning of March, you’ll see foliage emerging. Give it some water, light and a bit of fertilizer and you’ll have an even bigger plant. They’re cold hardy here but the rain gets to them and if they’re in the ground, they take forever to emerge (late June)

  2. I love that white star creeper and looked it up. I was pleased to find that it’s suited to zone 10 but then disappointed to find it wants more water than I can give it or Mother Nature will provide it here. Oh well…

  3. I also like the color of ‘Ruby Tuesday’. This year I planted Helenium ‘Short and Sassy’ and was very pleased with it. Though now I wonder if it’s getting enough moisture …

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