Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Vignette: Maude planted up, finally!

Remember when I visited apotspot? Well Claire generously shared one of her containers with me, a Maude. I've almost planted several things in it, but never felt that I hit on one that was "just right" until now...

This vignette is currently atop my patio table...planted in the Maude is an Agave victoriae-reginae 'Golden Princess', Aeonium 'Kiwi', Aeonium 'Some fabulous green one that I didn't get the name of' and Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea...

Four plants is definitely a little much for this small pot (and way out of my "one plant per pot" comfort zone) but they'll only be there for a couple of months. I'll pop the Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’ in the ground before winter and probably leave the Agave in the pot alone after that.

With this table-top vignette I'm joining up with Anna over at Flutter & Hum, who hosts our Wednesday Vignettes every week...check out what Anna's sharing and links to other blogger's WVs.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

An overdue garden visit, on a sunny afternoon...

I've been trying to make the huge 7 block trek to this garden for years now...but it finally happened. What took me so long? My most recent near-miss was a private party where the owners of Far Reaches Farm were speaking and selling their amazing plants. That was last spring, March I think. I got sick, very sick, and stayed home...bummer. Still, finally seeing the garden on a gorgeous sunny afternoon did kind of make up for all the lost opportunities...

Does this chair look familiar? The garden owner/designer Suzinn Weiss had just picked up a couple and when I remarked on their good looks and comfort she clued me in to where I could pick up a pair for my own garden. Thank you Suzinn!

There was so much to see and I had to find the sweet spot between enjoying Suzinn's company and personally experiencing the garden vs. photographing it for a blog post. This is something I wrestle with! I've sort of come up with a compromise — if it's an open garden on a tour, or through the HPSO, then it's all about looking and taking photos. Whereas if it's a visit to the garden of a friend or new acquaintance I try to keep the camera tucked away, to be there as a person not a "journalist"...of course the rules do get broken. Hence the fact I was taking photos on this visit...

The back of the garage has been converted to a studio. I love this idea!


A fountain for the birds.

But also quite sculptural.

The deep colors of the Hydrangeas seem extra magnificent this year.

Metapanax delavayi

At its base a happy Fuchsia.

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'

And there were lilies, beautiful, fragrant lilies...

And these guys too. Suzinn grows them well.

Trochodendron aralioides

Trochodendron aralioides and Schefflera delavayi

Schefflera delavayi

I wish I could remember the name of this ground-cover. It smelled terrific.

Pathway made of salvaged stone, turned on it's rough side.

The house has one of those huge front porches dreams are made of...

Complete with a fabulous paint job and space to relax!

I had to leave in a bit of a rush (dog duties) but had every intention of returning to photograph the intensely planted hellstrip before posting on this garden. That was 3 weeks ago. I realized I'd better just post these inspiring photos now and hope to be invited back in the future. Thank you Suzinn!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Understanding or resolve? Either way an appreciated gift...

Last week I celebrated a birthday – since it was one of those numbers with a zero after it we decided to celebrate big and flew down to Santa Barbara, California. Why Santa Barbara? We could only be gone a couple days, so it needed to be somewhere we could get in and out of quickly. Plus there needed to be an attraction and Lotusland (over the top garden fun!) seemed like a suitable place to commemorate the event. Of course there will be photo-filled posts on that garden visit soon, but today I'm sharing a gift Andrew gave me before we left. A seriously amazing haul of rootcups...

As fun as these were to receive, I was more thrilled by the fact he seems to have come to terms with my need to bring home strays when we travel. And I quote: "I wanted to give these to you before we left to encourage you to steal plants while we're in Santa Barbara...."

Oh now just calm down! He wasn't really giving his blessing for theft, and I would never EVER steal a plant. However if there's an Agave bloomspike dripping bulbils on the ground I am going to stop and pick up a couple. If I see a broken piece of a pretty sedum on the sidewalk I am going to bring it get the picture. Still, he's not been a fan of this behavior over the years...this was a new chapter in our relationship!

And of course most of the things I'd be adopting wouldn't need to root in water anyway – but that's a mere technicality.

So what did I pick up? We passed this terribly sad Aloe clump on our way down to the beach...

Parts of it were still green! And it just so happened there was a broken bit laying on the sidewalk.

I brought it home and just for fun tried it in the rootcup, The base was so thick though that it didn't really work well...

...however I am excited to try the rootcups with basil cuttings soon. I'm always pinching my plants back and sticking the cut pieces in water where they quickly root to make new plants. If you're curious about the design (and the man behind it) there's an interview with him over on treehugger. I remember seeing these in a kickstarter campaign way back and read a lot of criticism (why waste your money on something you can do in a glass jar!?) but what the heck, they're fun!

As further proof that I know where to draw the line I didn't pick up any of these Aeonium pieces seemingly discarded at Alice Keck Park. Had there been a "free"sign I would have been all over them, but there was not.

Perhaps a worker had recently cut them from this mass and had plans to plant them elsewhere in the garden? Or perhaps they were destined for the compost pile? I'll never know...

So what's your level of comfort when it comes to this sort of thing? I remember a friend of my mom's who regularly took cuttings of plants in restaurants, I think that's theft...plain and simple. What about you? What's okay and what's not?

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate' – observations

My bargain Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'  is really stretching out and achieving some size. I love it.

Bought for the foliage I've been dreading the day it finally blooms – but that day is here.

And surprisingly I think the flower is actually quite attractive.

Truth be told I hadn't noticed the flowers until a couple fell onto our new chairs. Looking up at the tree I still couldn't find any signs of them. Thank goodness eagle-eye-Hogan (aka Sean) was over for a visit and spotted another flower and a few buds.

For such a lacy foliage it casts a fine shadow.

The flowers are less pink than I expected them to be, maybe that's why they're getting a pass.

A couple days later I spotted this odd specimen at Portland Nursery.

Both chocolate and green foliage, on the same plant!

It was being sold as chocolate. I wonder how common it is for leaves to revert to green? And isn't it interesting the photo on the tag appears to have both colors? (and ye gads...check out that price!)...

Curious George, very curious...

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

OYGBV – at Dancing Oaks

Orange, yellow, green, blue and violet that is – my apologies to red and indigo.

During the Salem Study Weekend (which I've only written one post about) we were treated to an evening at Dancing Oaks Nursery: food, drink, music, and plant vendors. Not necessarily appreciated in that order. I shopped from Far Reaches Farm and Windcliff Plants (Dan Hinkley) and then wandered through the Dancing Oaks greenhouses*. I was about to start touring the display gardens when word came the caterers were packing up...oh no! After a day of garden touring I was quite hungry. Garden wandering would have to wait.

As it turns out that may have been a blessing in disguise. As I ate, and chatted with fellow attendees, the sun fell lower in the sky and a magic light spread across the garden. Orange first...

Colutea x media was in blooming and podding (?) perfection.

And I discovered a never seen before (I've toured these gardens many times) planting of Opuntia.

With multi-colored blooms!

And double danger! If the spikes don't get you the wasps might.

Yellow or blue? I chose to concentrate on the yellow.

And now green...

Just a touch of blue.

(blue, in the lower right hand corner)

And violet...

There were several plantings of Dierama pulcherrimum in the garden.

So dramatic. So difficult to photograph well...

Until suddenly they're not.

*if you're wondering what I bought just one plant! Sinofranchetia chinensis from Dan Hinkley: "An uncommon Akebia relative with handsome white stems and axillary flowers followed by long chains of purple fruit." Yes sir, looking forward to those long chains of purple fruit...

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