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Wednesday 29 October 2008 - Filed under Nurseries + Plants

We had breakfast last Sunday at Bread and Ink on Hawthorne. Justin was a little sick, so I couldn’t be dragging him all around, but since we were in the neighborhood, I wanted to swing by Portland Nursery, just to grab some information about greenhouses, since I have acquired a bunch of non-hardy plants this year, and now I need somewhere to overwinter them. Just a quick little in and out trip, get a brochure, get out, right?

Once we were inside, though, I couldn’t resist a quick look around. Everything was so bright and vivid and beautiful. I did my best not to buy much, but I did get a little box full of evergreen ground covers for shade, I get a pass on those. I’m calling this the year of the ground cover, and I actually have plenty of room to plant it, so I am not on a spending freeze in that area, like I am for the other plants.

I had no idea red twig dogwoods got white berries, but here one was. This one was naked of leaves and decorated with white berries. I lost one of these in my wild weed patch out back, but once I get it cleared out next year, I’m going to have to get another one.

Red twig dogwood

Now THIS is the fall color I wanted out of my witch hazels, but didn’t get.

Hamamelis (witch hazel) fall color

A Sassafrass Albidum, the common name is apparently “Mitten Tree,” which I did not know. A lot of common names are goofy. I propose the common name be changed to “sassafrass.”

Sassafrass Albidum

This one fell into my evergreen ground cover for shade exception, and I got a few of these gaultherium procumbens (wintergreen). They have white bell flowers, followed by the scarlet berries showing here, plush they have reddish foliage, especially on the undersides. I especially appreciate evergreens that still change with the seasons, since some evergreen heavy gardens can get kind of stagnant. I like the idea of having these bright red berries show up every year to announce the arrival of fall.

Gaultherium procumbens (Wintergreen)

I have so much less color in my garden than the plants at the nursery. I have an oakleaf hydrangea that’s starting to turn a little, but it looks more sickly than anything. This is what I picture when I think of oakleaf hydrangeas in fall.

Oakleaf hydrangea

I’m not sure, but this may be the year round color on this Rhododendron ‘PJM Elite’. I’d be pretty happy with it, but it gets lavender pink flowers in early spring. I know I say this all the time, but if only it didn’t bloom!

Rhododendron 'PJM Elite'

I think this is a Monroe vine maple, and it is beautiful. I have one out in my wild area in back, and this year, I tried to give it some good clearance from the weeds, but I don’t think I was successful. It dropped all its leaves early, so it might be gone. It’s worth leaving in the ground until next year to see if it recovers, since its so beautiful.

Monroe vine maple

2008-10-29  »  megan

Talkback x 2

  1. Karen
    29 October 2008 @ 8:45 am

    Free pass on groundcovers, I like your thinking. I need to get more before it’s too late to plant anything. Lots of bare spots the weeds keep filling in. I tried wintergreen in my previous garden and had a hard time keeping them going for some reason – hope you have better luck. They are super cute!

  2. James
    30 October 2008 @ 5:08 am

    Poor Justin gets drug around sick or not. Finally has an excuse and it gets disregarded. haha

    Like the revamp on the site – nice and clean. Sorry, been out of the loop for a bit.