I have featured this plant before and I think I referenced at the time how it has been maligned in some bulb reference books as coarse leaved and small flowered. I for one am a huge fan, I think it can look stately on it's own, and while the color may be a bit of white-washed pale purple tending towards nothing to write home about, I rather like the upright form.
One of the funner aspects of the plant is who it was named for, William Conklin Cusick, the deaf botanist who explored so much of the wonderful Elkorn, Blue and Wallowa mts in Oregon. The part I like best is how he grew up right smack dab in the country that Illahe now occupies. He lived on kingston praire (now a nature preserve and close to where I used to do some mitigated riparian restoration work). He attended Willamette University in 1864-65, (My sister works for the University that occupies much of downtown Salem). He also lived for a time in Dallas, OR (the drummer in the band I was in in High School lived in Dallas). So many aspects that hit so close to home!
Anyway, I won't do the great man justice with these little snippets, but he also has one of my favorite Monkeyflowers named for him and you can read about it and his life in the great NPSO publication: http://www.npsoregon.org/kalmiopsis/kalmiopsis14/love.pdf
The weather has been spotty, rain mixed with some sun. Supposedly headed for temps in the 80's this weekend.
Cheers and happy friday,
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Friday, April 29, 2016
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The chocolate lily wandering its way through a rhododendron on the corner of the old farmhouse.
Headed for some grand weather this weekend and excited to host the David Douglas Society and the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society for a garden tour this weekend.
Monday, April 11, 2016
|Sunset over Bali Hai|
|Neomarica in bloom|
|The Uncles Palm Tree plantation|
|Anya and the landscaping at Pepperwood.|
So back to the grind, work and gardening, the weather warmed up while we were away so spring is in full swing the Cherries are in full bloom now and I'll post up some bulb pics again soon.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Last year it was Chicago, this year we are going to kauai. Super excited about the trip, I might be blowing the blog up with tropicals. But since we haven't shipped out yet I'll show you some of the bulbs we are leaving behind.
This nice clump of Trillium chloropetalum, growing in rich flood plain stands of black cottonwood and Oregon ash.
The Junos are starting into full effect.
Looks like we are headed into a warm spell Temps are supposed to push into the 70's finally!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Borrowing text from the Pacific Bulb Society site "Fritillaria davisii is found on hillsides, scrub, olive groves and cornfields at low altitudes in the Pelloponenese (Greece).". If you are not a member of the PBS, please join at once.
I have found this charming little plant to be an outstanding performer in the raised beds. I'll be out planting some to the rock garden this fall for sure.
It's been wet and rainy for thr start of spring. Temps in the 50's.