March 8, 2011

Garden Tour: Northwest Woodland Garden in Spring



During my hellebore-buying trip, I took these photos of the gardens surrounding the Northwest Garden Nursery. I believe the gorgeous tree above is an old moss-covered Corkscrew Hazel (which I misidentified as a willow at first), also known as Harry Lauder's Walking Stick or Corylus avellana.



Of course there were plenty of hellebores dotting the garden, including these by the creek.



Here is a closeup of those hellebores from above. There were plenty of white snowdrops (Galanthus species) in bloom as well, and you can see a few in this shot if you look closely.



This is my favorite scene - all those ferns and mossy tree branches are the essence of a Pacific Northwest garden, don't you think? As I drove from Portland to Eugene and back, I loved it that even though the deciduous trees along the freeway hadn't leafed out yet, they were already green from all the moss on their branches. Spokane trees don't look like that!



The pond was restful with a hundred shades of green surrounding it and a fountain trickling in the center.



I'm pretty sure that the yellow pine is supposed to be that color, probably a rare and valuable form, but it just looks sick to me. However the color is cheerful next to all the other green conifers.



I'll end with the shot of several hypertufa pots filled with succulents, which were colorful despite the earliness of the season. This garden was a delightful backdrop for the hellebore stars of the show.
Meanwhile, in my garden there are four golden crocus in bloom, finally, though nothing else yet. Spring will come!

15 comments:

  1. I Love the Helebores! They add such wonderful colour in the winter graden. The succulents are great too - the carved out stone pots add to the striking feature!

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  2. Yes, spring will come. At this time of year we're grateful for even the smallest signs aren't we? What a beautiful garden. Thank you for posting photos. Now I'm wishing I had made the drive. Oh well.

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  3. OMG, VW, I want to gaze at these photos for hours! The Corylus is amazine, well everything you have shown is. All that moss and the evergreens and the hellebores... Ahhhh. I never thought of combining moss and the semps, it looks fabulous. :-)

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  4. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your post.... wonderful and exciting photos that really 'hit the spot' as I look out our windows at yet another major snowstorm, beautiful as well, but not what I'm wanting to see at this time of year! Larry

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  5. That corkscrew tree is just fascinating. I love the mossy limbs. They do have some lovely landscaping around their nursery.I wish I had the nerve to make one of those troughs for sedums. I just love the looks of them. Maybe they remind me of old gardens.

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  6. I am jealous of your adventure and yet happy for you too. What a nice treat to escape the grey of Eastern Washington this time of year. I appreciate the reminder of how green it is here in Portland...I can get caught up in our version of grey which is silly when really we've got it good. You are right the gold tree is supposed to be that color, I believe it is a Chief Joseph Pine. Fairly rare still with a price to match.

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  7. Beautiful pics! You have just convinced me I have to have a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick!

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  8. I feel the urge to get in the car and start driving down there. I love Eugene, now I have another reason for the drive. What a gorgeous garden and so much inspiration! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you had a great trip all around.

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  9. Yes it will indeed! All the moss you all have in the northwest is so pretty. Reminds me of a fairy living in a deep woods in a tree. A lovely thought sometimes!

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  10. What a gorgeous nursery. I love all the moss on the trees. I often think gold variegated plants look sick but that conifer really lights up the landscape.

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  11. VW, that Harry Lauder's Walking Stick is really neat looking with the moss all over it. Great photo.
    I kind of like the yellow pine, love the contrast against the other conifers. I really NEED to do a hypertufa and fill it with some succulents.

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  12. How artistic! And exciting. :-) I'm ready to make more hypertufa this Spring, too!

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  13. Gorgeous photos! I remember the first time I saw a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick in a botanical garden. I thought it was the most amazing plant I'd ever seen. I don't know that I've seen one as big as the one in your photo, though. You're making me wish I had scheduled more time to check out gardens when I was in Seattle last weeek.

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  14. How gorgeous your heleboros are, deep colors and beautiful shapes!!! And this place is a magical one.
    hugs

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