A few of my favorite things, Part II

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's no wonder that Kniphofia is commonly called red hot poker. It is definitely a hot plant! I included a shot of one variety in my last post, and this post will have even more.

We saw several varieties of Kniphofia--as well as oodles of other great plants--at Joy Creek Nursery while in Portland for the Garden Writers Association conference.

Kniphofia, variety #1

Kniphofia at Joy Creek Nursery

Kniphofia, variety #2

Kniphofia at Joy Creek Nursery

I don't claim to know what varieties these are, but you can check the Joy Creek Nursery online catalog for all of the varieties they offer for sale.

They also had a great selection of ornamental grasses.

Japanese Blood Grass (I think)
If this is what I think it is, it's supposed to grow in Zones 5-9. I don't know about its heat zone tolerance.

Ornamental grass at Joy Creek Nursery

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar'
This plant was amazing and I am definitely making room for it in my garden. It should grow fine here in North Central Florida, from what I've heard.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar' at Joy Creek Nursery

Variegated Yucca
This looks a bit like an ornamental grass, but it's actually a yucca. I liked it so much that I might have to find a spot for it in my garden. I think it would look nice next to one of my 'Queen Emma' crinums.

Variegated yucca at Joy Creek Nursery

Trachelospermum asiaticum'Ogon Nishiki'
And speaking of variegation, this variegated Asiatic jasmine was unlike any I've seen. I wonder if it would do well here in Florida?

Asiatic jasmine at Joy Creek Nursery

Apple tree

Apple tree at Joy Creek Nursery

I couldn't resist taking a shot of this beautiful apple tree that was spilling its bounty onto the ground. It made me nostalgic for the apples that Jenny and I would buy at the farmers' market in Northampton when we were in college. Sure, we have apples at the supermarkets here in Florida, but we just don't get the diversity that I used to see at the farmers' market there. The only northern apples we ever see here at the markets are 'Rome' and 'McIntosh'. Oh well. I guess it's the trade-off I pay for living in an otherwise blissful place where I don't have to shovel snow.


erin said...

great pics!
the blood grass has always been one of my favorites--but it's invasive here...but you might be able to do it in a container (if you can find it).

there's some 'gold bar' at kanapaha too-near the entrance outside of the main building. i thought of you when i saw it this past weekend! :)

and yes to the jasmine.

5/ said...

I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.


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