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- 05/21/18--06:00: _In a Vase on Monday
- 05/22/18--06:00: _Rare Plant Research...
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- 05/24/18--06:00: _Xera Plants and Con...
- 05/25/18--06:00: _A Little Friday Fun...
- 05/28/18--07:32: _Cecile Brunner In a...
- 05/29/18--06:00: _Drawing Inspiration...
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- 05/31/18--06:00: _A Spectacular and M...
- 06/01/18--06:00: _Willow Tree Gardens...
- 06/04/18--06:00: _In a Vase on Monday...
- 06/05/18--06:00: _Surprises in the Gr...
- 06/06/18--06:00: _Wednesday Vignette ...
- 06/07/18--06:00: _We Needed Something...
- 06/08/18--06:00: _Another Mystery Gar...
- 06/11/18--06:00: _In a Vase on Monday...
- 06/12/18--06:00: _A Few New Additions...
- 06/13/18--06:00: _Wednesday Vignette ...
- 06/14/18--06:00: _The Smith Display G...
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- 06/18/18--06:00: _In a Vase on Monday...
- 06/19/18--06:00: _Miniature Gardens f...
- 06/20/18--06:00: _Wednesday Vignette ...
- 06/21/18--06:00: _So, What's Happenin...
- 06/22/18--06:00: _Discovering Sunnysi...
- 05/21/18--06:00: In a Vase on Monday
- 05/22/18--06:00: Rare Plant Research Annual Open House
- 05/23/18--06:00: Wednesday Vignette - Clever Design.
- 05/24/18--06:00: Xera Plants and Contained Exuberance
- 05/25/18--06:00: A Little Friday Fun at Digs Inside and Out
- 05/28/18--07:32: Cecile Brunner In a Vase on Monday
- 05/29/18--06:00: Drawing Inspiration from Friends
- 05/30/18--06:00: Wednesday Vignette -What is That?
- 05/31/18--06:00: A Spectacular and Mysterious Garden
- 06/01/18--06:00: Willow Tree Gardens and Interiors
- 06/04/18--06:00: In a Vase on Monday - June Pruning
- 06/05/18--06:00: Surprises in the Greenhouse
- 06/06/18--06:00: Wednesday Vignette - Almost and a Color Combination Not to Try.
- 06/07/18--06:00: We Needed Something at a Hardware Store
- 06/08/18--06:00: Another Mystery Garden
- 06/11/18--06:00: In a Vase on Monday - Bamboozled
- 06/12/18--06:00: A Few New Additions to the Hoard
- 06/13/18--06:00: Wednesday Vignette - Sometimes You Get Lucky
- 06/14/18--06:00: The Smith Display Garden at Sunnyside Nursery
- 06/15/18--06:00: Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day June 2018
- 06/18/18--06:00: In a Vase on Monday - Cindy Jenkins and Summer Strike Again
- 06/19/18--06:00: Miniature Gardens from Sorticulture
- 06/20/18--06:00: Wednesday Vignette - Texture
- 06/21/18--06:00: So, What's Happening Here?
- 06/22/18--06:00: Discovering Sunnyside Nursery
Today's vase started with Loree's idea about using Buddleja globosa in a vase. I couldn't find the vase I'd thought of for today but this one has been sitting around, waiting to be used for months.
In addition to the buddleja, I found a few other things out int he parking strip to throw together: Ceanothus 'Dark Star,' NoID rhododendron, Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, and a bit of Cupressus arizonica 'Blue Ice' foliage.
May is such a wonderful month in the garden when simply trimming wayward plants can yield a bouquet.
The Cascade Cactus and Succulents Society visited the garden today and in honor of their visit, joining the arrangement are this made by Jeff Pinto silly-looking cactus whose spines are tied up in a bow
There was more
Rare Plant Research is a wholesale grower of unusual plants that opens it's doors to the public one weekend a year. I'd purchased their plants from local nurseries for years before visiting myself and now try to make it to the open every spring. To see many previous posts from RPR, look here. You can also search my blog by typing Rare Plant Research (or any other term you might be interested in) in the white box with the magnifying glass in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Once again this year, I met my pal Loree (yes, THE Loree Bohl of Sunset Magazine Fame.) in her equally famous garden from which we set out to Rare Plant Research together. Loree warned me that the garden was a mess so I didn't ask about taking pictures but his lady doesn't know from mess - her garden looked fabulous as always. Here's a bit of what we saw.
Trachycarpus wagnerianus for a ridiculously low price had me wondering where I could squeeze in another
The hot and bright conditions in these greenhouses really bring out the vibrant colors of these beauties.
I would want more bromeliads if I didn't already have so many from a number of years of attending this sale.
Fucrea gigantia is such a stunning thing. Mine is struggling along in the greenhouse. Wouldn't it be divine to live in a climate where these could happily grow in the ground?
It jumped into Loree's new plantmobile along with a few other things. To be fair, some of these are Loree's. (well, one box) Someone has no control.
Garden statuary is becoming more and more realistic all of the time. This vignette was captured at Xera Plants in Portland.
Notice how the blue of the pot is echoed in the cherub's blue shirt. and how the garden designer cleverly used golden foliage to set off the blues beautifully.
As we drove up to Xera Plants in Portland, the bright color of this rose caught my eye. One also caught a ride home with me.
Xera had been a great wholesale grower of plants for many years before they opened their own retail space. Luckily, their plants are still carried by other retailers but there's nothing like visiting their own space which is always packed with fabulous plants.
Epimedium x 'Pierre's Purple' has great purple flowers but the color of it's new foliage is also very attractive.
After thirteen years, Digs Inside and Out is moving from it's Alberta Street location in Northeast Portland to a new location in Sellwood, an area of Southeast Portland. As packing boxes were being filled and the move was imminent we visited the Alberta Street location one last time.
They're hoping to open in their new location on June first. Do check their website for updates.
Those of you who've had the pleasure of visiting the private garden of JJ DeSousa, the owner of Digs, will recognize her eclectic style and sense of humor.
As an object, this string bean vase is cool but just think how great it would look filled with blooms. It would look almost as if the flowers were standing on their stems right on the table.
Things aren't always what they seem and although the loss of Digs will be felt on Alberta Street, I'm certain that the creative force behind this special store will work it's magic in their new home. (A cool historical building which you can check out on google maps.)
One might say that Cecile Brunner is in her cups on Monday but casting aspersions on such a sweet little thing might not be the best way to start the week. On the other hand, the climbing Cecile Brunner in my garden, planted on the previous site of a compost heap, grows is such a wild way that it might seem inebriated. Rose experts call it vigorous and healthy. Even in a jungly/casual garden like my own, frequent pruning is requited to keep it from taking over the world. The tiny, perfectly-formed blooms are so endearing that a few got rescued from being tossed into the yard waste bin.
The cheery blooms and luxurious fragrance are a joy to experience as we pass through the butler's pantry. Of course, the yard waste bin smells pretty nice at the moment too.
Okay so the title was a nice way to say stealing ideas from blogging pals. In keeping with the theme, I'm stealing some photographs to illustrate this post. I'd long admired Pam Penick's fabulous entry planting of Dasyliron longissimum in her entry garden.
More than 20 years ago, I admired this garden from the outside and it's gardener, who was working outside, invited me to view the garden inside the gate. She said that she wished she hadn't planted ornamental cherry trees in the front as they're so prone to disease. As I recall, those trees were sizeable.
What lies behind the well manicured shrubbery is a magical treat of a garden that can be enjoyed from the sidewalk.
One simply cannot walk briskly down this part of the sidewalk as there are surprises tucked away in every corner of the garden. Everything is exquisitely well manicured, coiffed, fluffed, and trimmed and yet the garden is exuberant and welcoming.
Feeling especially bold, I knocked on the door but no one answered. What a treat it would be to once again see the inside garden and all the changes that must have taken place in the last 20 years or so.
An imaginative and talented colorist came up with this great mostly-evergreen combination with coleus and tuberous begonia jewels.
In a sunny corner, near the intersection of the sidewalks on this corner lot stands this perfect pairing of Yucca rostrata and pot.
Can you believe that this is the last day of May already?
I always visit Willow Tree Gardens and Interiors' Christmas open house when the entire space is transformed into a wonderland of decorations. Not far from home, this is a fun nursery to find both garden standards and unusual plants alike. I'm drawn to the interior part of the business because it's in an old house and walking through feels more like visiting the home of a crazy collector (nirvana for me) than shopping in a retail space.
If grown in a pot, Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon' is perfectly well-behaved. I love those colorful leaves!
Pennisetum setaceum rubrum is a common sight this time of year but there's something fabulous about pink foliage.
Senecio candicans 'Angel Wings.' I've seen this same photo tag calling this plant a temperennial. Annie's says it's hardy to zone 8 or 20 degrees as long as it's not too wet. Mine made it through the winter in it's four-inch plastic nursery pot on the back steps without suffering any winter damage and has put on some nice growth already this year. Perhaps I should find a place for it in the ground.
From Little Prince of Oregon (Prince of Paradise, Tender perennials with a tropical flair) comes this striking Begonia rex 'Royal Crown'
And Begonia rhizomatous 'Oregon Midnight' which appears much darker in person than it does in this picture.
Petunia 'Night Sky' tugged at my heart last year when it first came out and so a couple came home with me.
It's considered poor form to simply take something that one admires in another's home but here that sort of thing is encouraged. There's the little matter of exchanging payment for items before leaving with them but still it's swell.
It's the first day of June and Friday. Hooray! Only three more weeks of school. Come on into the dining room and let's celebrate.
The contents of today's vase were all cut back to keep the stop sign at the corner visible or to keep paths passable.
Weigela 'Rubies N' Gold' and lots of Argyrocytisus battandieri (Pineapple Broom that really does smell like pineapple.)
It's a little wide for the vase but the stems just didn't want to stand up and I was too lazy to take it apart and put it back together using wire, foam, or a frog so I'll just avert my eyes and enjoy the fragrance as I pass by this week.
In a Vase on Monday us hosted by the fabulous Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click here to see what others have brought inside to enjoy this week. Many thanks to Cathy for continuing to host our weekly party!
Sometimes things get a bit busy and I don't see the inside of the greenhouse for a few days. At this time of year, things are happening quickly and there are usually some surprises to be found after a brief absence. Here are a few that greeted me this weekend. The church choir is off for the summer so I actually had a two day weekend which I celebrated by not leaving the garden.
Amorphophallus knojac is hardy to zone six but outside it emerges late in June by which time I would have forgotten it was there and planted something else in it's spot. In the greenhouse, it comes up much earlier and it happens very quickly once it warms up.
Mine came from Cistus Nursery several years ago and now has produced several offsets. the huge central leaf will be huge again this year. Why not enjoy it a bit longer by keeping it inside? It'll need a bigger pot soon. (This is a 5 gallon size.)
A big surprise was this bloom on an Echinopsis subdenudatum rescued from a box store last year. It's rewarding me for pulling off those silly strawflowers that were glued to it. Looks like there'll be a few more blooms to follow and as if the little cactus to the right will be blooming as well. Such big, pure, and delicate flowers from such a small and prickly character.
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum. Click here to see what's captured the attention of other bloggers this week.
A succession of several chickadees flew down from the Contorted Filbert tree to this bird bath to get a drink and splash around in the water. By the time I ran in and got my camera, attached the telephoto lens, and focused, the last one had just finished and was taking off. Oh well, almost.
Last year, I was thrilled that the very scarlett blooms of Tropaeolum speciosum had finally made it to and climbed the very blue foliage of Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Pelt’s Blue.' The old pink rose nearby blooms in June and the Tropaeolum blooms after the rose is finished. Except this year when they decided to bloom together.
Red on the orange side combined with pink with blue undertones is not a combination that I would have chosen. Thank goodness I'm a master of averting my eyes...
which comes in handy while walking through this amorphous mess o' plants in which I live.
Funny, I don't even remember what it was we needed but it was on this trip to our local McLendon Hardware that I found the stove pipe planter and a couple of 18 inch ceramic spheres with fire-engine red glaze sold under the Chelsea Gardener label. All ceramic items were 50% off and these seemed to have been priced too low to begin with so they somehow jumped into my cart. McLendon has a year round nursery section that carries a nice variety of plants. Here are just a few.
The evergreen section is especially nice and features plants from the wonderful Iseli Nursery in Boring, Oregon which is responsible for introducing a large number of coniferous delights.
Brunnera macrophylla 'Hadspen Cream' is nice but I still love the silver foliage of 'Jack Frost' on the left.
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana imbricata 'Waterfall' was a serious temptation as it would look spectacular cascading over a pot but I have too many plants already so it stayed.
And...There's always an agave. Just this one left from last year when they got a whole slew of them along with other succulents.
There it is again, Petunia 'Starry Sky,' a relatively new introduction which is quite eye catching.
Don't know the name of this petunia but it was new a few years ago and still seems quite popular.
Interestingly, Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso,' which was all the rage not so long ago is still around here and there but seems to be not so popular now.
Just when you thought that evergreen Lithodora covered with intense blue flowers couldn't be any more vibrant, they introduce one with gold foliage. L. 'Gold 'N Sapphires'
Delphinium is a long time favorite of mine that used to grow very well for me in my garden in Alaska. However, they've never liked any of my gardens here.
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I've enjoyed passing this garden in Fife every day for the last 20 years. It's on a road that once ran through the middle of growing fields which are rapidly being replaced by apartment buildings and warehouses. The sweet and modest old homes along the road keep vanishing but there are a few that remain. There's always something interesting going on in these beds but I've never seen anyone working outside.
You can't see it in this picture but behind the rose bushes at the back there is a large plot of tilled soil which I'd imagine is a vegetable garden. Behind that there are quite a few Monkey Puzzle Trees (Araucaria araucana) in huge pots. They're a mystery but may be progeny of the Monkey puzzle tree in the garden next door.
The street is very busy, the shoulder is tiny and there are no sidewalks so one has to pull into the driveway to investigate. I didn't actually enter the garden but took snapshots from the side of the road.
Okay, so to knock on the door to hopefully meet the gardener, I did have to approach the house and may have taken a few pictures from there as well. On the other side of these hedges is an orderly fence with a lovely gate and a walkway to what once was a neighbor's garden. When the properties here go on sale, they're usually purchased by developers as the zoning has changed. The homes are either demolished or just left to fall apart.
A view just to the right of the back door. I so wanted to walk in and explore. On this warm afternoon, the fragrance of roses filled the air. Impressive was the fact that they were very well grown with no black spot whatsoever, unusual in our climate.
The neighbor on the other side of the house is obviously a plant person as well. Notice the pots of epiphyllum on the porch spending the summer outdoors.
Have a great weekend all!
Ah, floriferous June with so many choices for a vase. It's also prime bamboo shooting season and every stroll in the garden includes snapping, kicking. and cutting bamboo culms coming up where they're not wanted. There also may be a bit of swearing involved followed by a vow to do more rhizome pruning. Anyway, the new shoots are interesting and it always seems a shame to just throw them into the yard waste container. The severed shoots usually sit around the garden for a while before they're thrown out. On Sunday, I decided to put a few in a container.
These were meant to be the centerpiece for lots of blooms but nothing looked really great with these giant lumps in the middle of the container.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click here to see her vase and to find links to those of other participating bloggers.
Here are some of the more interesting plants that have made their way into the collection recently.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Danger Garden in mid May and saw Loree's gorgeous specimens of Agave 'Sharkskin' and Agave utahensis eborispina. Of course these aren't plants that pop up a lot at local nurseries but through the magic of the interweb, look at what arrived in the mail recently.
With wrapping like this, you know something special is inside.
Haworthias have been pretty happy in my greenhouse conditions, they stay small, and there is quite a nice variety of shapes and colorations. Here's H. 'Ice Jade'
Surprisingly, Aeonium 'Party Platter' was found in a flat of assorted succulents at a big box store. It's a hybrid. Do you think that Aeonium tabuliforme might be one of it's parents?
On Saturday, we drove up to Sorticulture in Everett. We drove through several heavy rain showers and even thought of stopping on the way to buy a raincoat or umbrella. as Sorticulture is an outdoor festival. In a surprising turn of events, (rain had been predicted.) the sun decided to shine and the day was warm and beautiful. Lucky. (A post or two about Sorticulture will pop up one of these days.) I could have spent the entire day at Sorticulture but after five hours, the non-gardener deserved a change of scenery. The plan was to go straight home but the lady in the phone said that Sunnyside Nursery wasn't far. I'd never heard anything about that nursery but can only say wow! What a fabulous place. Again, a post or two will follow. A lucky find.
While wandering the spacious nursery, a Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) butterfly landed on a Buddleja and seemed very happy to totally ignore me as I snapped a few pictures of it. Usually wildlife doesn't pose so nicely for me. Sometimes you just get lucky!
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum. Click here to get lucky by joining the fun!
On Saturday, the day of getting lucky, I discovered Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. A separate post about the nursery will come later but today, let's take stroll through the Smith Display Garden which surrounds a home next to the nursery. I'm imagining that the owners live here. I'll definitely ask next time I visit the nursery.
The garden is designed so that there are surprises around every corner, even in long expanses like the one below where one might imagine that everything was visible
I'm in love with these ceramic, larger-than-life asparagus spears. The excellent placement doesn't hurt, either.
Out in front a golden catalpa glows in the sun on one side of this bed while a coppiced paulownia offers more huge foliage. Was there a Magnolia macrophylla in there as well? It was so exciting being in this garden that I've forgotten.
On the fifteenth day of the month, Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, a way to both share what's blooming in our gardens each month and to keep a journal from year to year. Having participated in GBBD for six years now, I can now look back at previous year's posts when I think something is blooming earlier or later than usual. Thanks, Carol for coming up with this great idea! To see more Bloom Day posts from around the world, visit Carol's blog.
A messy tangle of fuchsia, Rose 'Zephirine Drouhin', clematis and a couple of jasmines. Some of this has got to go!
Centranthus ruber. Thirty years ago, his came from a crack in a paved parking area outside a big Victorian duplex in Seattle, the home of a friend. The building and parking area are long gone, having been replaced with s high-rise apartment building.
Winter pansies were flopping out of their pots so they got stuck in the ground and they seem perfectly happy there.
Salvia 'Amistad' and some annual red dianthus, a teacher appreciation gift last year. Seems they decided to stick around.
At the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in February, this painting done by artist and potter Cindy Jenkins brought memories of summers past and another that was still so far away. Time passes so quickly and here we are, on the verge of the official start of summer.
This vase/pot, also by Cindy usually sits by my computer holding the latest bunch of plant tags. It would be perfect to hold some of the Senecio leucostachys that had to be cut back from the walkway.
Might as well throw in one of Cindy's birds. (For the record, this is not what's meant by giving one the bird.)
Oh right, this is supposed to be about something in a vase so here's my vase for this week. Truth be told, the kitchen counter is covered with various prunings stuffed into containers of water but since we're approaching the lazy days of summer, maybe I'll just enjoy them there this week.
Sorticulture in Everett is my favorite garden festival of the year (so far) It's outside in a beautiful park full of wonderful old trees , there's live entertainment, plant vendors with outstanding offerings and garden-related art galore. I took way too many pictures for a single post and got home from work and errands fairly late so today we'll take a gander at a few miniature gardens.
I suppose someday, sooner than I'd like to think about, when they wheel me off to the home for ancient gardners, a garden of this size might be all I'll be capable of tending. But for now, for the moment, it's enough to enjoy the itty-bitty creations of others.
Walking through the park yesterday afternoon the bark of of an old Populus x canadensis caught my eye. Over a hundred years of life in a city park through storms and fair days has caused the bark to become interesting and beautiful. That's what our faces become as we age, interesting and beautiful.
Anna at Flutter and Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette. Click over to her blog to see what's caught her eye this week.
You may remember my posts (here and here) about the demolition of the Tacoma's Scottish Rite Masonic Cathedral. The fence was erected and the demolition carried out in short order of the sale and plans for a large apartment building announced. Since November, the scar of the old building has remained on the fenced ground. No sign of equipment or anything happening with the sight other than taggers going over or under the fence to express themselves on the remains of the foundation. I drive by this site at least twice a day and wonder what's happening. Then just the other morning a flash of red caught my eye.
Somehow, perhaps from seed brought in with the fill gravel, seeds of Poppy somniferum got spread all over the site.
In any case, it's sweet to see the cheery bright red blooms. Like the cathedral, they'll be plowed down to make space for the new building. A good reminder to savor beauty when we find it.
Today is the first official day of summer. Spring has gone way too fast. On this longest day, we revel in the arrival of summer. Let's relish every moment and not even entertain the thought that starting tomorrow, the days begin to get shorter again.
After attending Sorticulture, Everett's garden arts festival a couple of weekends ago, I decided to ask the lady in the phone if there were any new-to-me nurseries in the area and up popped Sunnyside Nursery only a few minutes away. What a delightful surprise to find this huge gem of a nursery bursting with plants. (It's June after all.)
It had rained before the sun took over the sky, a perfect combination to carry fragrance. Roses charmed my nose from a distance luring me closer.
Scentless 'Betty Boop' is a favorite in my garden because it blooms in what's become a crowded shady location.
The people working here were extremely friendly, helpful, and seemed to know and enjoy plants making the experience of this spectacular nursery even more special.
A nice young woman kept patting the opuntias with her hand and telling her friend how cute they are, how much she loved them. Sometimes love hurts as she was sure to find out in a few minutes.
The geranium (Pelargonium) house. There was also half of a house devoted to tuberous begonias, and they even had the old-fashioned varieties of which I'm fond.
Acer palmatum 'Radiant' with it's red branches and lovely leaf colors made it into my cart. (It was only in a gallon pot. Someone has too many little trees in pots.)
Somehow, Monrovia has gotten Hosta 'Curly Fries' to bulk up. Many folks have reported that this one hasn't gotten much fuller for them over a few years. I wonder what the secret to success is?
Speaking of fabulous plants in the ground, check out the tree ferns looking like they took winter in stride in this sheltered location.
Finding a new nursery is always fun but when that nursery is as stellar as this one, the experience becomes a special joy. I was surprised to find that I'd spent two hours here taking it all in. If you're ever in the area, this is a nursery not to miss!