Travel induced plant lust…

Travel induced plant lust…

On the short list of ways I enjoy spending my time, and money, traveling comes right after buying plants. Or maybe they should be equal, because while traveling I can buy plants?

Wherever I venture I make a point of visiting neighborhoods. Walking up and down streets and seeing how the residents garden (or don’t) tells me a lot about an area. My most recent explorations took place in the Bay Area of California, a climate that sends me into plant lust overload. Seeing a garden like the one pictured below is escapism at its best!

plant lust overload

(more photos of this garden here)

However it is one thing to lust over something you cannot have, it’s another when you discover a new obsession that just might be in your growing zone. Let me back up a bit…

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Gardenspotting

Gardenspotting

I just love it when I’m driving down the street on some uninspired errand, when I spy the house of an obvious mad gardener. Even better when I have time to stop and poke around for a closer look.

This garden makes me happy. Clearly the person who lives here loves plants. They are gifted in a way I envy. They’ve densely packed the garden with a diverse living privacy screen that’ll look good all year round, all without looking like a hoarder.

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On Garden Design and Plant Shopping

On Garden Design and Plant Shopping

I really meant to draw up a blueprint for Flamingo Park Gardens, develop a strategy, make a definite plan—on paper. And if wishes were horses…

I seem to be buying plants, quite a few plants, and working the “plan” outward from there. Oh, I can hear professional garden designers yelling into the universe: NO, don’t go about it that way. But can you blame me, really? A large part of our mission here at plant lust is to support independent nurseries. It’s my job, not to mention, there are Fall Plant SALES. I just got another email from a neighborhood favorite, Garden Fever, a sweet nursery, not too big, but with a well-curated selection of plants. Why, it’d be criminal to not to participate. And it’s time for the Cistus Nursery tough love sale. What’s a gardener to do? Shop, that’s what! (more…)

Nursery visit: Cistus Design Nursery

Nursery visit: Cistus Design Nursery

One of our primary goals at plant lust is to support the fabulous independent and specialty nurseries which grow (as well as discover and then propagate/or breed) the plants we lust after. While you can always peruse their offerings on our website a visit to the actual nursery is a special treat and one we intend to share occasionally here on the blog.

retail vignette with Yucca rostrata
Today we’re visiting Cistus Design Nursery on Sauvie Island, just 15 miles from downtown Portland. The folks at Cistus have been enthusiastic supporters of plant lust since (practically) the very beginning and we certainly feel the same about what they’re up to. Here’s a little background on the nursery: “Cistus is a unique micro-nursery founded in 1996 by Parker Sanderson and Sean Hogan. The nursery has a strong botanical foundation drawn from the pair’s professional backgrounds; Parker having been Horticulturalist at the Arboretum at University of California at Davis and Sean a Curator at University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Their exciting collection of treasures, gathered around the globe with brilliant plantspeople, quickly outgrew a 100-year-old greenhouse in North Portland so the nursery opened to the public on Sauvie Island in 2000, expanding in 2003.”

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