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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Vignette: A Sneak Peak of Gerdemann Botanic Preserve

Wednesday Vignette is hosted weekly by Anna of Flutter & Hum. This week, I have a series of vignettes from a very special garden near Yachats, on the Oregon Coast. I spent this past weekend at Gerdemann Botanic Preserve, helping with a little garden maintenance while I enjoyed the scenery, the cool coastal climate, and the company of a group of fellow plant lovers. I'll be sharing much more from this hidden gem of the Oregon coast, but for today, here is a view into the beauty of the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve.

Crooked stems of rhododendrons form fascinating patterns.

Rhododendrons and western hemlock create a beautiful foliar vignette.

A beautiful opening in the garden, with cordyline in the foreground, trachycarpus to the right, and Eucalyptus niphophila in the background.

Abutilon vitifolium bears a few final flowers for the season.

A lush groundcover of Oxalis oregana and Corydalis scouleri contrasts beautifully with the flaking mahogany bark of a rhododendron.

Sunset through a leptospermum, likely L. lanigerum. It doesn't get much better.
You can follow the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve on their new Facebook page, where you can see more photos and receive updates about the garden.

20 comments:

  1. Wow, what a fabulous Oregon gem. I'm going to "like" their FB page. Great photos, Evan.

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    1. Thanks, Grace! It is beautiful, and Yachats is a nice, quiet little town to vacation in.

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  2. I'm so glad you got to go, but envious too. I wanted to, but had to work. Couldn't justify going down there for just one day. Thanks for the preview of the adventure - I'm SO looking forward to seeing more...

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    1. It's beautiful, Anna, and full of geek-worthy plants! More coming soon...

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  3. Such lovely plant combinations - it certainly speaks to a climate that can grow almost anything from almost anywhere!

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    1. It's a fantastic climate. Not so good for anything requiring a lot of heat, but perfect for so many plants i'd love to grow. And good for me, too. I love cool, mild coastal climates.

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  4. Now I can tie in some of the pics I saw on FB ;)

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  5. All beautiful photos, Evan, but I particularly like the one of the Oxalis and Corydalis surrounding the rhododendron.

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    1. Isn't that fantastic? I wanted to transplant the whole combo to my garden. Too bad the rhody probably isn't reliably hardy in my colder climate.

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  6. Oh thank goodness! I'm so glad you captured some photos of your time there and I'm glad you went (I think you probably enjoyed it more than you would have the other option for your time). Looking forward to even more...

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    1. It was so much fun and definitely worth the drive. I'm already yearning for another visit.

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  7. Great shots! Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about this place!

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    1. Thanks, Peter! I need to get writIng. Took a couple down days.

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  8. Flaking gnarling bark with green undergrowth. Priceless.

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    1. Gorgeous, isn't it? I need to find some way to emulate the combo in my garden.

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  9. The coastal climate is often referred to as difficult, but plants that like it there REALLY like it there. These beautiful photos make me want to visit.

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    1. Difficult for anything that requires heat, like many edibles. I'll bet Andean crops would do well there. And it's so enviable for growing treasures from places like Chile and New Zealand. I fantasize about living in such a climate one day.

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  10. So glad you were able to make it. I'm afraid I couldn't have helped much during this trip but I will try to go next time. Beautiful photos too.

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    1. Thanks, Ann! Sorry you missed out this time. You could have come just to enjoy the garden. Work wasn't mandatory. I heard talk of another possible trip there in October.

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