Monday, July 8, 2013

Joy Creek Nursery

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)

I've been familiar with Joy Creek Nursery for a long time but I don't think I've ever ordered from them. I don't know why since hydrangeas are one of their specialties! They are located about 20 miles north of Portland and we drove up there on Saturday afternoon. It was a bright sunny day with not a cloud in the blue sky and it was unseasonably warm.

I did wind up buying a plant - Hydrangea "Oregon Pride" - but I spent most of my time wandering through the incredible display gardens and taking photos. I don't know what a lot of these plants are and I didn't take any notes or ask many questions. The nursery was very busy with customers and a workshop was going on.

Of course, one of the treats was getting to see some fabulous plants that don't grow well here in Alabama. Like -


Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)
Fushias - and not just hanging basket fushias, these were shrub size!


Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)
Delphiniums


Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)
And (sigh) Mountain Laurel. It grows beautifully in the mountains of North Carolina. Here, not so good.


Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)  

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)  

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)  

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)  

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)
I did recognize this - Maltese Cross and Virginia Sweetspire?


Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)
I'm curious to know what this is - anyone know?
 

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)  

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)  

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)
Kniphofia
Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)  

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)  

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)  

Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)



Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)
I wanted to ask about this house that sat in the middle of the gardens. I'm not sure if someone lives there or perhaps it is their office.
Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)
Foxtail Lily
Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR)  



Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose, OR) Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

14 comments:

  1. I've never ordered from them, but the photos are so inspiring. Lovely.

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  2. Lovely photos. I've never ordered from them, but I've heard of the nursery.

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  3. I believe your mystery plant (iris-like with yellow flowers along the stem) is Sisyrinchium striatum.
    --Emily

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  4. I think Mike, one of the owners, lives in the house with Yowler. You did see the orange tiger cat Yowler, didn't you? He's quite a character. They do have a wonderful display garden. You really have to come to the Fling next year in Portland. You'll learn what all these cool plants are!

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  5. For your sake it was a pity they were busy and you couldn't chat with anyone who worked there. I think those white flowers are pretty and they remind me of lilies - upside down lilies but still...

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  6. I bet you came away from there with a bad case of plant envy.

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  7. The delphiniums on the West Coast make me cry. The Blue Himalayan Poppies make me wail.

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  8. I think your white lily picture is Lilium maragon (Turk's Cap lily). I have wanted to try these but haven't yet. They are supposed to grow in light shade and I have seen pictures of them with hosta.

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  9. Glad you got to visit this special nursery while you were in the area! I agree with Alison that it would be great to see you at next year's garden bloggers fling in Portland!

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  10. It is wonderful to visit nurseries like this. So inspiring. I live near Nasami Farm, the propagation arm of the New England Wildflower Society. Lucky me!

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  11. Can you tell I grew up in the south? I had NO idea fushias could get shrub sized.... I'm shocked! I have always had plant envy for fushias, so beautiful! Great pictures, looks like you were there at a perfect time for photo ops.

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  12. Those fuchsias get me every time - so lush, so colorful, so messy as they drop spent blooms on my porch floor. But worth putting up with! What fun to visit a new nursery, Phillip.

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  13. Good for you! I managed to keep most things alive last year...two of things (out of about 5) that I managed to kill were delphiniums and fushias..I'm in awe.

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