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Gossler Farms Field Trip

Wednesday 30 June 2010 - Filed under General

Gossler Farms greenhouse
I had a day off a couple weeks ago, and decide to make a day trip of it, visiting nurseries and gardens. My mom and I headed off to Eugene, to spend some time at Gossler Farms, then Greer Gardens, and then we were going to try a nursery that we always see off I5 on the drive down there, and possibly make our first visit to the The Oregon Garden in Silverton. Ha. We drove the two hours to our first destination. I made it about 10 minutes before my back decided to lock up again again. I hobbled back to the car, where drove straight back to the city just in time for rush hour traffic.
Fortunately it wasn’t all a bust. I got some pictures of good plants before I had to call it quits. I would have liked to come away with more to show for four hours worth of driving, but at least I have the memories of some great plants.

Rosa pteracantha

Rosa sericea pteracantha aka Wingthorn Rose

Rosa sericea pteracantha aka Wingthorn Rose
While I don’t care much for roses, this is the one you grow for the thorns, not flowers, and I’ve always loved those thorns. I’ve seen some around that look rather messy, but at Gossler, they cut theirs down to a foot each March, which leaves a much tidier looking plant. They don’t get flowers this way, but who needs them when the thorns are the star of the show?

Fiscularia bicolor ‘Spinner’s Form

Fiscularia bicolor 'Spinner's Form'
Do you ever see a plant and wonder how it’s possible you’ve gone so long without being aware of its existence? Fiscularia somehow has never been on my radar, but sounds like it should be. It’s that spiky. jagged, draws-blood-when-you-touch-it form us plant nerds love. Unless I’m in denial, I read the tag to mean that I can grow it in my garden where the similar looking sun-lovers don’t thrive. From the catalog:

This bizarre Chilean plant came to us indirectly from Spinners Nursery in England. F. bicolor is a bromeliad with narrow jagged edged leaves. When mature in the late summer the center of the leaves will turn fiery red. The blooms are baby blue and are a wild combination of colors. After blooming the red leaves will turn green. A great container plant for cool moist areas.

Rodgersia podophylla

rodgersia podophylla
Check out the size of those Rodgersia podophylla leaves! I thought mine was looking pretty big until I saw this plant.

Rodgersia pinnata

Rodgersia pinnata
I had never thought of using Rodgersia pinnata planted in a drift, I’ve always seen it in a neat little clump. I like it spreading along the front of the border like this.

Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Esk Sunset’

Acer pseudoplatanus 'Esk Sunset' aka Sycamore Maple
Amazing color variation on Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Esk Sunset’ – white splashed leaves on top, while the backs of the leaves are purplish. The leaves glow pinkish when the sun hits them. You can see a hint of the sunlit color in the background in the picture.

Gunnera chilensis

Gunnera chilensis

Gunnera chilensis
I don’t care how many pictures I already have of Gunnera – that plant is endlessly fascinating.

Astrantia major ‘Sunningdale Variegated’

Astrantia major 'Sunningdale Variegated'

Astrantia major 'Sunningdale Variegated'

Astrantia major 'Sunningdale Variegated'
Crazy variegation variation! On one plant, leaves were all green, variegated gold, and variegated white.

I’m going to attempt my road trip once again soon. Here’s hoping this time I actually get to shop and bring some of these new guys home.

2010-06-30  »  megan

Talkback x 8

  1. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    30 June 2010 @ 11:06 am

    You wanna know something funny? If you Google Fiscularia bicolor ‘Spinner’s Form’ you get 2 hits: Gossler Farms and Nestmaker!

  2. ricki - sprig to twig
    30 June 2010 @ 2:21 pm

    Great shots of the rosa…it’s been on my wish list for ages, but I would not have known to cut it back like that. So sorry about your back, and the aborted trip. After this taste, we will all be looking forward to your rescheduling.

  3. Loree / danger garden
    30 June 2010 @ 5:53 pm

    Back get better! You are too young for this.

    About the Fiscularia, I don’t know how similar it and Fascicularia (as spelled on the Cistus tag) are, but I lost my Fascicularia last winter, and I really protected it. Bubble wrap and a bucket for the cold snap. Of course last winter was extremely unusual so it may just have been my misfortune. It’s an amazing plant!

    As is that Rosa pteracantha! I know somebody who may want one…if there is extra room in your car on the next trip…

  4. Grace
    3 July 2010 @ 10:17 pm

    Hi Megan~~ First try and my computer burped. My apologies if this is a repeat and it probably won’t be because I can’t remember what I wrote anyway.

    Sorry about your back. This is just NOT fair!

    I’ve got this Acer. Apparently it was ‘Eskimo Sunset.’ Perhaps this was politically incorrect.

    I think I need the variegated Astrantias. I wish my Rodgersias looked this good. More compost. More water…. I think.

  5. Jane/MulchMaid
    4 July 2010 @ 6:34 am

    So sorry the bad back is still dogging you, Megan.
    The astrantia is lovely: looks like a wildflower. And the rogersia pinnata has wonderful red accents. They don’t look like the new growth…maybe the older leaves?
    Look forward to hearing more when you’re up to the return trip.

  6. tina
    5 July 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    That spotted acer is real cool. I have a ‘pseudo’ acer (Korean Maple) and love it! Sorry about your back. Hope you are feeling better now.

  7. Karen
    19 July 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    Missed this before, sorry to hear about your back. Hope it’s better by now! If it keeps up, I have a book to recommend before you go too far down the road of MRIs and PT and all of that.

    What a great lot of photos you got before you had to go, though! Love that one of the wacky rose thorns. Hm, the layout with plant name bolded, then the photo, then a brief but informative description almost looks like it belongs on another web site, one that (I hear/hope) is coming soon… :)

  8. Karen
    19 July 2010 @ 8:05 pm

    PS I got a grevellia from Gossler Farms, the guy I bought it from called Mr. Gossler himself to check on the hardiness! So, I feel like I’ve got a connection even if I’ve never visited the actual nursery.