Joy Creek Nursery was our last stop on our three day extended Memorial Day weekend.
Tuesday afternoon, after touring the Elk Rock Garden, and lunch in North Portland, we drove north on the Oregon side of the Columbia River to Scappoose, then up on the hillside overlooking the valley of the confluence of the Willamette River and the Columbia River.
Joy Creek Nursery is a special place run by special people which features special plants not commonly found.
The nursery has cool displays and lots of interesting plants to explore, but first you have to visit the display garden around the house.
We love Kalmias, but they do not seem to like our garden. We have killed several.
Growing fields in the distance.
I loved this fern like plant with the magenta flowers, and finally found an expert to tell us what is was. It is Centaurea hypoleuca 'John Coutts', and it took some doing, but the persistent staff found one for us. Hopefully it will be happy with our new hostas.
That purple clump in the foreground is a Pineapple lily - Eucomis- and we bought one of those too.
That red flowerings tree is a Chilean fire tree, We did not buy one, but they are wonderful.
Dropped rhodie petals make hostas bloom.
Back in the nursery, we did some serious shopping, but the displays always catch my camera eye.
Tom paid for his plants, which included a Mahonia 'Soft Caress', a Hydrangea Nigra that has black stems, and a native blue eyed grass - Sisyrinchium agustifolium. (I hope my serious gardener friends appreciate that I looked up all these botanical names. I don't even try to keep them in my head any more, let alone spell them!)
We loaded our latest plant finds in the trunk of our little red car (must come up with a name for our little red car - Jill already owns the name "Little Red" for her car) and began the drive north, back to Seattle and home.
It was a fantastic three day trip, one that still lingers in my thoughts two weeks later. Of course it helps that I have all these photos to share.