Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday Vignette: #santaclones2016


I can't claim to have found the #santaclones2016 on my own, a Facebook friend posted a night-time photo with an approximate location. The next day I realized I was driving near so I looped around the block and there they were.

300 of them! All similar, but not the same...of special note this guy at the corner, who seems to know more than he's letting on.

So 300, did I count? No. The hashtag seemed worth searching, and I found an article from last weekend's Oregonian (here).

Don't you just love an obsession gone a little crazy?

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A farewell pilgrimage to DIG on Vashon

This sign announces you've arrived...

And the monster Echium plantings on the opposite side of the drive reinforce the notion this is not an ordinary nursery...

Those of you that know of DIG, on Vashon Island, probably also know the owners, Sylvia and Ross, have put the nursery and house (on the property) up for sale. As of this writing it's still on the market, awaiting the right owner. Even if the perfect person takes ownership it won't be the same place in the future though, how could it be? The creative duo behind this place are one of a kind!

That's why I had to visit, to fill up my imagination with the magic, one last time. Of course that's not to say whoever carries it forward won't have an equally marvelous sense of style, but it won't be this...

And these two (Sophie and Winston) won't be here!

Inside the Greenhaus (both a dry and warm area for the nursery, and an events space)...my love affair with Abutilon continues. Maybe this winter will temper that with tragedy in my garden, maybe not...

These look kokedama ready, thinking back to the marvelous examples of kokedama available at the DIG booth during the 2016 NW Flower and Garden Show.

And hey, good news...DIG will be at the 2017 show! They've committed and are making good on it. I am thrilled. Their booth is always a stand-out and I hate to think of the NWFG Show without them...

Looking at this display was the first time I really coveted the Esther Pots. Visiting DIG does that to you.

Okay, done in the Greenhaus and heading back outside...

Cordyline 'Electric Flash', I think...

Numbers and letters, waiting to be planted up with succulents.

Pyrrosia hastata, I was just talking with a friend about how this plant really shines in containers, and can get lost in the landscape.

This design still thrills me, both the 3-tier planter and the roof tank...

But this! This will always be the "water feature" upon which other water features will be judged.

I want to have it air-dropped into my garden. That could happen, right?

The surrounding plants help set the mood.

The backside of Sophie and Winston's lair.

Lots of rust...

(and fungi!)

Shiny metal too...(and rocks, don't forget the rocks)...

My Melianthus major 'Antonow's Blue' wasn't as strong this year. Maybe it's just getting old and tired? I think maybe next year I'll dig and replace it with 'Purple Haze'.

Speaking of purple!!! Yucca aloifolia ‘Blue Boy'... perfection...

These two! They were staring at Sylvia, transfixed.

So what did I come away with?

I've had a crush on the Steel Life Mod Dish for quite some time and I'm thrilled to finally have one. Sylvia made me an incredible "deal" that I couldn't refuse!

I purchased a few of these years ago and use them for random succulent plant-ups. I was glad to find a couple more!

Finally this Pyrrosia lingua 'Eboshi'...the curled leaves expose the tawny undersides perfectly.

Thank you Sylvia and Ross for sharing your inspirational vision with us and good luck with your future endeavors! If you'd like to read a little more about DIG here's a great story from the Vashon Beachcomber. And another from Curbed, with info on purchasing the property!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

In a Vase on Monday: I'm dreaming of a Cryptomeria Christmas

And not just any Cryptomeria, but C. japonica 'Rasen'...

I first learned of this fabulous conifer while researching a story I was writing for the OAN's Digger Magazine. My work took me to Youngblood Nursery, just outside of Salem, that's when I saw this awkward tree next to their office.

The way the needles twist around the already twisting branches is captivating. Lucky me, I was given a small tree that day, one that was a little too misshapen for shipping out to a customer, but would be just fine in my garden of misfit plants.

I still remember the words Chris Steinke, sales manager at Youngblood, said when he offered it to me. "If you have room for another tree, in your garden..." Ha! Since when has that stopped me? Seriously though, just look at that photo above, of the plant outside their office, who couldn't squeeze that in just about anywhere? Here it is now, two years after being planted...

I would love the opportunity to use this as a Christmas tree, but since it's in the ground that's not going to happen (well, unless it gets really big and needs to be cut down...).

However there's plenty of lower growth that I needed to prune, and that's what I've used in my vase today.

Along with the silverest plant in my garden, Lupinus albifrons.

And  Leucadendron 'Silvan Red' — for those red stems, and the fact this plant isn't really hardy here in Portland. Gotta enjoy it while I can!

In case you're wondering — I'm not one of those people that goes all-out at Christmas time, it's just a few targeted spots for me. The living room gets the tree (whatever form it may take each year), of course the mantle is "done," the dining table gets a Christmasy centerpiece, and there's a wreath on the front door. That's it, besides this...

The shelf in the bathroom gets a touch of Christmas too.

That's where I decided to use my Cryptomeria bits...

The Lupine doesn't read quite as silver indoors, but its still pretty shiny.

The holly pick is one I inherited with some ornaments from my grandparents. It seemed more appropriate than the severed elf head, another passed-down treasure.

That little framed tree print has been with me for 20 or so years. It makes me happy to see it each year.

And the new clock begged for a few shiny silver ornaments.

Another cherished part of the scene, this aluminum print from Gerhard, although it's here year-round.

And finally a few red Nandina berries for color (foraged nearby).

It's beginning to look like Christmas!

What greens can you cut from your garden to bring indoors for the season? Fill a vase and then join the "In a Vase on Monday" fun, links over on Cathy's site, Rambling in the Garden.

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