Friday, June 23, 2017

The personal garden of Dan Heims, aka Mr. Terra Nova


I've been so busy working in my own garden that I've only made it to one HPSO open garden this year: the personal garden of Dan Heims, President of Terra Nova Nurseries.

The height of this Schefflera taiwaniana was impressive.

As was the row of stunning Hosta beneath.

And this being Dan's garden you knew there would be a few of these...(Heuchera)

The garden was a shady oasis.

With picturesque moss growing between the cobblestones.

And so many Podophyllum...

Check out that dark purple number back behind the Onoclea sensibilis. I never did get a chance to ask Dan its name (much less work my way back there with a shovel and steal it).

I'm still pathetic at fern ID, but this one's cool!

The heavy shade was not a friend to my camera and its capabilities. This was actually quite a dramatically colored (patterned) combo.

And then there was light...

I think this greenhouse was Dan's...although there didn't seem to be any way to actually get down there.

The plants were spilling out of it though...

Dan and his wife Lynne have lived here long enough that this play structure must have originally been built for their own children. Now there's a grandchild who will be making great use of it, no doubt.

Heavy duty swings in the garden, how fun!

The new foliage on this Rhododendron 'Blattgold' was quite lovely.

Don't care for how it ages though.

Lest you think it's all about shade and soft plants...

And yes! There was an Agave...

A small one, but it counts, Agave striata. With great color.

The foliage on this plant was lovely, a little stinky though (relax people...this is Oregon, where such things are legal).

More Heuchera.

Wowsa! Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

After all the shade the sunny strip next to the street seemed even more shocking.

Simple, yet sturdy, boards for crossing the drainage ditch.

Getting in my car to leave I noticed this Magnolia macrophylla, which it looks like is going to be enjoying more sun this year, thanks to a missing neighbor. Thank you Dan, for opening your garden!

Weather Diary, June 22: Hi 82, Low 51/ Precip 0

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Just another windy day...

There are windy days.

And then there are windy days. This particularly ugly mess happened on a day with no high wind warnings. At random times, when the wind is just right, the male cones from the towering fir trees behind us rain down with a audible sort of  "theck" (as opposed to "thick").

Whatever the sound I am sick of cleaning up the mess.

They fall throughout the summer.

And even if I didn't mind the look of them each one has just a bit of sticky pitch at the base.

Which means they stick to your feet, and your dog.

And end up being tracked into the house.

But of course I do mind the look of them, and end up sweeping and sweeping. Which wouldn't even be so bad.

But picking them out of the potted plants...

...that gets really tedious.

This particular day I filled an extra large (19 gallon) tubtrug with the little uglies.

I find a wooden skewer is handy for flicking them out of the center of Agaves.

And I finally broke down and bought a little hand vac (this one) for getting them out of hard to deal with spots.

Plus I've learned a valuable lesson.

In my next garden I will look up. Never again will I put a patio and dozens of potted plants under a conifer that drops as much trash as these trees do.

Never.

Weather Diary, June 21: Hi 75, Low 51 / Precip 0

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