It’s true; I found yet another excuse to visit Cistus. My parents were in town last weekend and they’ve never been, so we decided to make a day of it on Sauvie Island.
There are several small farms on the island that host fun fall activities including pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hay rides. We visited one, enjoyed a tasty slice of pumpkin pie, watched a 500 lb pig and a chicken “share” a meal and bought a few crisp tasty asian pears to take home.
We also stopped at one of the beaches on the island (above, it was a little too cool for even the bravest sun worshiper) and saw this evidence of why Horsetail Rush has a reputation for being invasive. Look at this…
It went on forever along the beach. Scary.
Last but not least we visited Cistus. Naturally there were plenty of new things to see, and want. When we were there in July this wall of Canna’s and Ginger next to the parking lot was not nearly this tall. Begonia luxurians, or Palm leaf Begonia, only hardy to zone 10. Otherwise I would have taken this one home.
This Eryngium pandanifolium, or False Screw Pine, was HUGE, and eventually gets over 8 ft tall. I wanted it, I really really wanted it.
Here are a couple more. Dramatic!
Pyrus pyrifolia ‘Shinko’ or Shinko Asian Pear. These are hardy to zone 5! I wonder if we have a place for a pear tree? I love asian pears!
Oh and they had Pomegranate trees too!
It has been forever since I’ve seen a Woolly Bear…
It took him awhile but he eventually relaxed and started crawling around Andrew's hand.
Aren’t these yellow flowers amazing? The petals are so thick, and soft. Almost like felt, really thick felt. The vine was huge, we searched and searched and never could find where it was actually planted. It trailed through several plants at the main entry.
I’m sure I’ve walked under this tree fern many times. Somehow I’ve managed to miss it. Aren’t the patterns on the trunk interesting?
So you are probably wondering when I am going to cut to the point and tell you if I bought anything? Well of course I did. Just look at this Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor' even though it means another borderline hardy agave to add to my collection it was just way too beautiful to pass up. My parents bought this Rubus parvifloris ‘Ogon’ Thimbleberry, it’s hardy in their zone 5 winters. And they bought me this Agave bracteosa ‘Calamar’ which is hardy to 10-15 F, so it will be going in the ground! Although since it’s so late in the season I’ll wait to plant it out until spring. Two new agaves! Yippee!