1 Here I am with Daisy, Heather, Andrew, and Bob. We had just eaten a delicious meal at Ava Gene’s, which is named for the owner’s daughter.
2 I took this picture of the serving station at Ava Gene’s because I think it's so beautifully designed that you hardly notice it in the middle of the room. It was designed for the restaurant by OSMOSE design. http://osmosedesign.com
3 At Andrew and Bob's house, Andrew told me that the birds in the Pacific Northwest are spectacular and he and Bob are reading up on all of the species they can see from their front porch.
4 This is Andrew’s cabinet of curiosities. He's been collecting all sorts of skulls for years.
5 This is a giant fig tree in Andrew and Bob’s yard. They think the variety is ‘Desert King’. They described the fruit as having light green skin and strawberry colored pulp, with rich flavor and excellent fresh-eating quality.
6 This is one of the many beds in their new garden. It has a lot of growing to do before it is as lush and beautiful as they want it.
7 They can grow euphorbias so well in the Pacific northwest, a mild winter region. This is Euphorbia wulfenii and I love the color. It has blue-green foliage that stays evergreen and the huge clusters of yellow flowers contrast so nicely.
8 Posing with Andrew is in his new garden - He claims there is way too much mulch and that he needs more plants. Keep working at it, Andrew!
9 The sun came out just as we reached Cistus Nursery on Sauvie Island. The owner, Sean Hogan, met us and showed us around. He has so many wonderful plants. I bought myself several early birthday presents for my garden in East Hampton and Sean is shipping them to me.
10 We then stopped at Bob’s shop Hyland Garden Design and Contained Exuberance, where he offers residential garden design, coaching, and container garden planting and wizardry. http://www.hylandgardendesign.com/
11 Bob has beautiful pots from all over the world. I was impressed with the many beautiful glazes.
12 This is Bob’s office. As you can see, great big pots have so many uses.
13 These beautiful Hover Dishes are fun. Bob has displayed the dried flower head from Allium schubertii in this one.
14 These pots are all made of lightweight composite materials. From looking at them, you would never know they only weigh a few pounds each.
15 Andrew knows how much I love faux bois and this beautiful faux bois container is planted with ferns, epimediums, club moss, and oxalis. All of these containers are so attractive.
16 These are Austin Griffith's Manzanita set in lightweight Gertrude Jekyll pots. The pots were cast from concrete ones that I found on the east coast. How funny to see them all of the way across the country in front of Bob’s shop. This plant has red bark, red stems, large flower clusters of small pink flowers, and glossy green foliage.
17 Bob sells planted containers too. Here is a great container of Sedum reflexum and Sempervivum arachnoides ‘Robin’. The small pebbles add a nice contrast and texture.
18 This fun planter on the sidewalk in front of Bob’s shop draws a lot of attention. It's planted with Crassula marnieriana, also called the jade necklace vine. It's so much fun!
19 I grow many of these large-leaf podophyllum pleianthum, or May apple, but I really like this fern, Polystichum setiferum ‘Divisilobum’, a lovely variety of native evergreen fern, with filigree-fine fronds, forming a lacy rosette.
20 We also stopped in at the nursery next to Bob's shop. Xera Plants has a wonderful selection of specimens, which have adapted to the Pacific Northwest climate.
21 There were many great succulents, which are the perfect size for planting in containers. I have many of these in my plant collection.
22 A nice shot with Bob, Greg Shepherd - co-owner of Xera Plants, and Andrew