Monthly Archives: April 2014

Refreshing Your Spirit: Adventures in the Evolving Garden

Presented at Joy Creek Nursery by Lucy Hardiman

Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM
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Does your garden still satisfy and excite you? If not, why not? Sometimes a non-judgmental look at the garden can lead you down a new pathway. Lucy will give practical tips to help you refresh your garden and in the process refresh your spirit.

Free and open to the public.

Dress appropriately for the weather.                                                                                                                           There is a $10.00 class fee for ‘CEH’ Certification.
For details visit http://www.joycreek.com/education.htm

See you there!

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THE EVERGREEN FOLIAGE OF Clematis cirrhosa

For the last two decades we have grown Clematis cirrhosa and its cultivars. Their evergreen foliage and their long bloom during a time of year not known for flowers, makes them an attractive choice for gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. The species is found in many sites throughout the Mediterranean area – from Morocco, the Balearic Islands, Spain, Portugal, Corsica, Sardinia and the like. Its wide distribution has given us many varieties of leaf shape and flower color and shape.

Here is a sampler of the foliage of three of the varieties…

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Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica as its name indicates comes from the Balearic Islands (and also Corsica and Sarinia). Its well-divided foliage has good substance and shows typical purple staining in the leaf that develops with cold weather. Its flowers are creamy white and flecked with maroon dots within.

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Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens ‘Freckles’ also comes from the Balearic Islands. The RHS Registry of Clematis tells that it was grown from seed gathered by Allen Paterson in Mallorca and named and introduced by the well-known clematis breeder Raymond Evison. It has much broader foliage and purple staining on its leaves. The flowers are larger and have more dramatic freckling of dark red purple dots within.

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Clematis cirrhosa ‘Wisley Cream’ was also raised by Raymond Evison from seed collected by Ken Asler at an undisclosed site in SE Europe. The foliage is a glossy green and is not deeply divided but rounded. The flowers are cream colored and lack the freckling of the other two forms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Plants/Lower Water Bills ~ Maurice Horn

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 1:00 PM
For decades, local and regional experts have been warning us of impending drought. Recently, gardeners have been going into sticker shock at the cost of watering their gardens. Although, there are many techniques to help lower water bills in the garden, perhaps the best way to do so is to choose appropriate plants. Come and get acquainted with a range of colorful shrubs and perennials that demand little to no water to look their best. You will be surprised by the number of choices.

Free and open to the public.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

There is a $10.00 class fee for ‘CEH’ Certification.

For details visit http://www.joycreek.com/education.htm

Mixed Shrub Border ~ Andy Stockton

Sunday, April 20, 2014 1:00PM

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Mixed shrub borders serve a variety of purposes. They can form tapestry hedges for screening, or make an artistic statement as the “bones” of an ornamental garden. They can offer year-round interest through flowers, foliage, fragrance, bark, and fruit. We will look at some different designs, talk about plant selection, and discuss care and maintenance to help you get the effect you desire.

Free and open to the public.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

There is a $10.00 class fee for ‘CEH’ Certification.

For details visit http://www.joycreek.com/education.htm

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Flying Jewels: Keeping Hummingbirds Happy in Your Garden

A workshop with Ramona Wulzen
Sunday, April 13, 2014 1:00 PM

Hummingbirds are some of the most engaging visitors to our gardens, delighting us with their beauty and behavior. If we provide them with a garden environment that meets their needs, they will return year after year to entertain, pollinate and contribute to the control of some pesky insects. Some will even spend the winter with us if given the right conditions. Join us to learn which plants and combinations will keep them in your gardens. Free and open to the public. Dress appropriately for the weather.
There is a $10.00 class fee for ‘CEH’ Certification.
For details visit http://www.joycreek.com/education.htm