Here’s the little patch in the middle of the “lawn” meant to gradually expand to take over as much of the open space as I can manage. Several grasses came home with me from the swap so it will be expanding faster than I had even hoped. There’s a big rock there that we rescued from the highway verge (biggest one the both of us could manage…oh, for a truck with a lift).
Allium ‘Gladiator’ provided nice spots of color while blooming.
The foliage on the oak tree from the Tough Love sale (can’t seem to find the tag) has such delicate foliage that I think it will provide sparse shade even as it grows.
R did some selective mowing, leaving patches of buttercups (they are the bane of my existence as they try to invade every bed and border, but I love their cheery presence here.
This rose, purchased from Roger Gossler at the Portland Fling, was purchased for her shapely hips. This is the first time I have seen her brilliant, single red blooms. Now I am in love all over again. Pay no attention to that woman behind the computer who claims to not care for roses.
The Iris show was resplendent this year. A newbie this year is this near-black one…’Raven Girl’
Proof that a silly name can’t keep a delicate beauty down…’Alley Oops’…really?
And now for the Means report. It’s time for the super sales. All of these are 5 gal pots or larger, starting with Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’, one of my favorites, at $6.99 ea. It doesn’t look like much now, but the flower spikes are fabulous later on.
Good-sized Rhodys for $4.99.
At $4.99 ea. these variegated Agapanthus are a bargain even if they don’t make it through the winter.
They are just coming into bloom, with lots of buds showing.
If anyone is interested in Stella d’Oro, here they are for $4.99, about halfway through their bloom cycle.
Lots of good-sized Jaspanese Maples in several colors are $9.89 ea.
They are all dark, some redder than others.
I’m not exactly sure of the size, but those pots are larger than 5 gallons. If you’re out this way on Sunday, stop by Joy Creek to say hello. The garden is looking fabulous and we have a new batch of Heucheras for just $7.50 ea…’tis the season of hot sales, dontcha know.
Oh, what a great idea to start in the middle and expand out! I guess we’ve kind of done that here. The edges of the garden have slowly taken over more of the lawn. LOL. What a great deal on those Japanese Maples–they look so healthy and full!
This is a new approach for me. I’ve usually started by building a berm. I’ll be revisiting this project from time to time to document progress.
i believe the oak is quercus phellos , said former employe of cistus.
Thanks for speaking up and welcome. Now I’m off to check out your blog.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit I thought the Japanese maples were Castor Beans at first photo and was ready to rush out to Means. Duh.
And I must admit that I saw nothing of interest to you as I put together this post.
Wow! I can’t believe the prices in your sale (put me down for some of the Agapanthus please!!! ha ha don’t think I could afford the cost of delivery though). BTW are you sure it is an oak? the leaves don’t look oak-like at all.
The label said Quercis somethin-or-other. I thought the same thing and checked the tags on several others that were in the sale. Even Cistus could make a mistake like that on one, but on a whole group, I think not.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quercus_phellos , Oaks have an amazing range of leaf shapes. Quercus glauca , Q. oblongifolia, Q. hypoleucoides and Q. alnifolia demonstrate that diversity.
I’ve been falling for a lot of them lately, surprised by the variety.
Good luck with your expanding garden. Off to great start. Agapanthus at that price would make me happy. I bought 2 at the end of last fall for about that and one overwintered and has put out small amount of foliage. Hoping. Gorgeous black iris.
Thanks for the well-wishing, Susie…I’ll need it as I chip away at this massive project, one grass at a time.
It hardly seems fair – not only does the PNW have some of the best nurseries I’ve ever seen but you also have mind-boggling sales!
Not fair at all…but what can I say?
I think I may have to stop at Means one day! Are you working at Joy Creek this Monday ? I’m thinking of a doggie day out !
Yes…Sun Mon are my for sure days and Mondays are quiet enough that we could visit.
Great deal on those Panicums! If only I were closer.
I guess it’s kind of mean to broadcast those sales to those of you so far away.
It will be exciting to see your project expand over time! Your red rose is sweet! Looks like there are some great deals at Means & Joy Creek’s Heuchera sale sounds swell, too!
I’m a little frustrated at not being able to spend more time on it but some of those Means’ Agapanthus are waiting in the wings.
I can’t believe how cheap those plants are!!! Plants here are so much more expensive. 🙁 That lawn would disappear much faster if you just dug it up. 😉
Most plants here are more expensive too. This is just a place that puts its overstock out for incredible prices. That would be some big dig! I’ll stick with nibbling away at it slowly.