Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A visit to Hidden Acres

Way back on March 13th, BCD (before coronavirus distancing) I enjoyed an annual outing with my sister. We were headed to Pacific City for our book group's beach weekend, but just south of Tillamook, we stopped for lunch and a nursery visit at Hidden Acres Greenhouse & Café.

Not to be confused with Hidden Acres Nursery (a wholesale rhododendron nursery in Sheridan, OR) Hidden Acres Greenhouse and Café is a modest family business that has operated at least 15 years just off Highway 101 in Tillamook County.

I can't remember just how I first learned about them, but Sally and I have enjoyed stopping here in March for at least the last four years, for lunch and a stroll around the greenhouses and grounds.  Here's a hazy shot of the café, where there are lots of gifts and garden-related items for sale in addition to food. I heartily endorse the sandwiches and salads, and their soups are the perfect warm lunch on a cold, early spring day.
If you visit over winter or early spring, you might see a pile of greens in a large front bed, sheltering an enormous overwintered gunnera. In this shot from several years ago, you can see the gunnera is just beginning to emerge from its winter covering.

In the open back area, there are some colorful seasonal shrubs and containers.


I liked the stiff presentation of this rare conifer: Abies bornmulleriana, native to northern Turkey, near the Black Sea coast.

Hidden Acres' greenhouses are full of rows of annuals and perennials.


It looks like they do a lot of their own propagation, or maybe they buy poppers to grow on.

Calibrachoa starts in multiple colors.
They had many 4" pots of tiny-flowered fuchsias.

For those of you with LOTS of room...

Hidden Acres supplies the City of Tillamook with all their hanging baskets, but unfortunately I failed to get a good picture of the baskets planted out.

From a year or two ago, some happy succulent plantings managing in the slightly warmer coastal climate.

Their perennial supply is kind of a mystery; there will be one or two of one species, then a whole row of another species. A couple of years ago, I took home a Fothergilla 'Mt Airy' that has made me very happy. I almost always find something interesting and this last visit was no exception; the two below had to go home with me, especially after I was introduced to the beautiful blue flax on the Denver Fling in 2019.




And that concludes my most recent visit to Hidden Acres Greenhouse and Café. It's a small family nursery making a big contribution to gardens in Tillamook and beyond - full tummies are a plus!




Sunday, March 15, 2020

Flowers in the time of Coronavirus, or Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 2020

What a weird two weeks it has been. Sad and sober reports of increasing infections and deaths, lack of leadership on a national level, panicked clearing of grocery shelves, and cancellations of events both big and small have helped me appreciate what a solace my garden can be when the world becomes unpredictable.

I'm soothed by the way the irrepressible pink flowers of Ribes sanguineum seem to say, "Life will go on."
Serious pinky goodness in Loropetalum chinensis 'Sizzling Pink' reinforces that message.

The whole shrub is an extra-large helping of pink optimism. It's an example I need.

More pink perfection in this impeccable bloom on Camellia 'April Kiss'.
Not to be outdone, Mahonia aquifolium, our native mahonia, is bursting forth with ebullient yellow flowers.
A young Acacia pravissima, whose buds I showed last month. has opened its fabulous little puffball flowers for us this month; don't worry, be happy!



No Epimedium in my garden has a name, as they each came unidentified in plant swaps from generous gardening friends. What a nice reminder of the special thread that runs between us all.


Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance' reminds that steadfastness is a strength to be valued in these days of uncertainty.

The little white flowers of Beesia deltophylla look great against its coppery foliage.
Camellia transnokoensis is a challenge to photograph. It's an odd shrub that I really haven't given enough room in my garden, but I like seeing its small, simple white flowers in spring.



Osmanthus x burkwoodii is a mass of bloom this month. After three years in the garden, it is outgrowing the severe shape it was pruned into and is finally opening up to its natural form; slow and steady, that will get us through.

Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, hosts Bloom Day in the middle of each month. Hop on over there to see what's happening in gardens all over today.

Happy Bloom Day, all - stay safe, and let your garden do the heavy lifting for awhile.


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - February 2020

It has been raining cats and dogs these past few weeks and I missed "official" Bloom Day yesterday, but the sun is shining now, so I went out to see what's blooming here at Longview Ranch.  It can take a little looking, but I'm happy to say blooms are emerging, though they can be small and often inconspicuous.

First up, the tiny flowers of Azara microphylla. They have a very light scent, and the honeybees are enjoying the fluffs of yellow


A big, NOID Epimedium with pretty yellow flowers.

More tiny yellow flowers are almost open on a young Acacia pravissima.

I can't ignore the only clump of daffodils in my garden, a past spring's small pot of Narcissus cyclamineus 'Tete-a-tete', put out to pasture.

Ribes davidii is a ground cover for me, but in early spring it has these little flowers.

More weird little blooms: Luzula sylvatica 'Aurea'.
 And more pink: Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Sizzling Pink', in fact.

Below the Loropetalum, a NOID Hellebore provides a nice color echo.

As in so many gardens, my snowdrops are the first ephemeral to emerge, and they last beautifully.

More long-lasting flowers: Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths' blooms are turning white and covering the ground beneath it, but the shrub is still a lovely sight.

Abutilon megapotamicum is back to blooming after a several-month break.

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' is doing its best to prolong the holiday season.
This Rosemary had designs on the stop sign and needed to be cut back hard a year and a half ago. It rebounded nicely and is blooming with abandon this year.


Lastly, I'm dedicating this Bloom Day post to my sweet kitty Elvis, who left us unexpectedly just few days ago. Although he wasn't a garden cat per se, he enjoyed watching me out in the garden, and gave me an enthusiastic and loving welcome whenever I came back inside. This is a shot from shortly after he and Pearl came to live with us thirteen years ago, and I like to think he has gone to meet up with his old friend Pearl once again. They will always be in our hearts.

Bloom Day is celebrated by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, where she invites us to share what's blooming in our gardens each month on the 15th. Check out more flowers there from all over.

Happy belated Bloom Day!


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - January 2020

It's a new year and a new decade, but some of the same old reliable plants are coming through for January's Bloom Day at Longview Ranch.

In the back garden, Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths' is a happy camper, and so are our resident hummingbirds.
A few random blooms are showing on Loropetalum chinense var rubrum 'Sizzling Pink'. I love the way the new foliage provides a brilliant foil for those perfect pink flowers.

Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' is up to its old tricks. No scent yet, but I'll take those flowers.

A prostrate rosemary is brightening up a south-facing brick planter in the front garden.

Lastly, a NOID sarracenia has decided to bloom indoors. Maybe it likes the warmth, but I really have no idea why I actually have more flowers indoors than when it was outdoors for summer!

I'm joining Carol at May Dreams Gardens, where each month she hosts garden bloggers and their flowers from all over.

Happy Bloom Day, all!