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Megan and I trekked to Springfield, Oregon, a couple weekends ago–to visit two of our fabulous contributing nurseries. Bloom River and Gossler Farms are in beta testing with us for our online Marketplace. It’s plant shopping online–all in one spot, and from the comfort of your cozy sofa. But if you’re lucky enough to live near a nursery, head thee to their physical location. You’ll be glad you did, I promise.

Springfield is 2 hours south of Portland–a lovely drive through the lush Willamette Valley–when  the weather cooperates. Our first stop was Bloom River Nursery, where we met proprietor Mark Bloom in person for the first time. Visiting is not only FUN, it’s good to remind myself how much work goes into providing all these fab plants. I don’t imagine nursery people find much time to goof off.

A field of conifers told us we were in the right place.

We took a whirlwind tour. Mark had a prior engagement with the score keeping desk at a University of Oregon Basketball game. Thusly, I snapped wildly, trying to capture the bounty of gorgeous conifers. But that did not include getting the names. I’m going to number the photos, mostly without commentary. Your observations are most welcome.





4. I did learn that the single trunk is known as a standard.




6. A second snap of this weeper. So gorgeous.


7. These guys have outgrown their britches and are queued for repotting.
Megan and Mark deep in conifer conversation.


8. Swoon!




So many great plants. Love the skeletal framework.


10. Rhodies and Azaleas too.


And more broadleaf evergreens.


Megan managed a few snaps too. She probably kept better track of names.

There was no time for shopping. Dang.

Rhododendron stenopetalum ‘Linearifolium’ — how is it possible I do not have this plant?




Rhododendron ponticum ‘Variegatum’


12. Salix ‘?’


13. Berberis ‘?’ Tiny plant already blooming!

Back out front, near the office and field of conifers. We were almost out of time. Snap. Snap. Snap.

13. Monkey Puzzle Tree


14. Close up of #3? I lost track. Love the color and contrast.


15. Another great plant that got away — Golden Atlas Cedar?

Really, how do you choose? My garden is seriously deprived in the conifer department. Seems every time I fall in love, the label tells me it will get sixty feet tall–or more. I just want a few smaller, open canopy, bird friendly evergreens. That’s a possibility, right?

Gorgeousity at every turn.


I distinctly remember Mark telling us the name of this beauty. I don’t distinctly remember what he said.

Alas, it was time to go. On the next visit, we get to tour the gardens. We’ll allow more time. And I’ll do a better job of noting names, I hope.