Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Vignette; poison much?

Headed home from an afternoon dog walk and this scene greeted me just across the street. Granulated weed killer dotted liberally across the landscape...

It's repeated throughout the year, such a throw-back to earlier times. Times I'm glad most (hopefully?) have left behind.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The potential! At the ReBuildng Center...

When I wrote about my Bromeliad dish garden I referenced the ReBuilding Center, later I realized I've never dedicated an entire post to this amazing Portland resource. Time to right that wrong!

The Rebuilding Center takes donations of reusable building materials. According to their website... "Every day, eight tons of building materials move through the Rebuilding Center warehouse, with all donations and sales serving our mission to reduce waste and build local community."

There are several buildings and many departments in the complex. I tend to head right to what I think of as the "vents and ducts" area.

This piece had great potential for replacing the problem part of my dish garden, if only it were smaller.

I so love the possibilities of shiny metal!

These! OMG! They were aged just right. A pair of tall planters...can't you see it? Somehow I left them behind. As I write that was 3 days ago. I wonder if they're still there?


And this! I see a long shallow planter.


They have wood too, if you're into that sort of thing.

In another section these perforated squares have been haunting me. No doubt most of you know what they are, but I do not. I just know they're terribly cool.

And there are buckets of them!

There arealso a ton of light fixtures...

And bathroom bits.

I rarely see the front of the store (usually entering from the alley), but it is impressive!

Love the fence too, although the color is not a favorite.

Now that we've had a quick little tour around the store how about I share some of the things I've done with my ReBuilding Center finds?

I have no idea what this piece of metal really is, but once I found it I knew it would be a planter. It's all one piece, open at the bottom, but I sealed off the long base while still allowing a little water to drain.

This is year two for the Aloe and Sedum combo. I suppose next year I'd better pull them out, root-prune, and refresh the soil.

This is one of many traditionally "pot-shaped" metal pieces that have become planters.

This one is open at the bottom, essentially just a ring. I used it to help increase the drainage for the roots of this Agave parry var. couesii, it is planted in the ground and will stay here over winter.

Ditto for the piece the Agave bracteosa is planted in. Where as the Agave nickelsiae planter has a solid bottom and gets moved around.

This old metal funnel has held a few different Agaves.

Each only spend a season in such root-cramped quarters, but they look good while they're doing it!

That metal drum was a ReBuilding score. Again I have no idea what it's supposed to be. There's a hole in the top with a piece of PVC glued into it. Great for planting!

Of course the pie-plate and other pieces used to make the dish garden were recently written about here.

I still love it!

This tall perforated piece of metal is playing trellis to a Passionflower.

And a few loops of metal wire are allowing another Passionflower vine to use the Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate' tree for support without overwhelming it.

I just have to remember to train it around the wire every so often.

I do love the ReBuilding Center and hope you have something in your city similarly inspiring for re-purposed "could-be" gardeny things!

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Monday, August 22, 2016

IAVOM...that's pretty girly

For this week's "In a Vase" creation I started with a pair of small (under 5") vintage yellow cornucopia vases. I wish I could remember where I bought them, I suspect it was probably a thrift shop, they've been with me for at least 20 years...

I started the cutting with the Artemisia stelleriana Silver Brocade...

I thought it would be an interesting foliage texture and, truth be told, it was over-running it's neighbors.

Looking around for petite flowers none seemed to be quite right, that is until my eyes settled on the Scaevola, yep that will work.

Then for a touch of green I snipped a few Pyrrosia hastata fronds.

Finished vase #1...

I am equal parts attracted to, and repelled by, the sight of these spores. I can't help but brace myself for when they start to move, like little insects.

Vase #2

The pair ended up on the dining table, joined by a green-leaf dish I've also had for years and can't remember where I picked it up.

Oh and the title of this post "that's pretty girly" was Andrew's observation upon sitting down to dinner and noticing the latest. He has a way with words don't you think?

Due to our mini heat wave (3 record-breaking days 99/100 F) I also cut a handful of those Zinnia flowers that I keep going on about. I figure if they're going to get blasted they might as well be enjoyed inside.

Love them and their individual personalities.

As always our Monday vase extravaganza is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Thanks Cathy!

Oh but wait! An update on the Tragopogon dubius (Western Salsify/Yellow Goat's Beard — from the Weeds 3 Ways post). A few of you wondered how the seed heads would hold up. Well 12 days later and they're still looking fabulous...

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Following a hunch...the Morgan & Laufenberg Garden

Last August, when my garden was open for the Green on Green tour, I got to chatting with a nice fellow who knew all the cool plants. Turns out he was the friend of a friend and planned to open his garden through the HPSO this summer...I made a mental note to attend.

Can you imagine having a front garden so tiny? It's basically a hellstrip!

Thank goodness there's a nice side-garden

I was sure to take a photo of the label on this lily. Only all I manged to capture were the words "Lilium orientalis"...that doesn't help!

I like how it manages to work in the slightest hint of orange.

I do love the cramscaping. When you've only got what, 6 feet (?), to work with you really have to make it all count — and they have.

Headed down the steep side yard towards the back garden. This is not an easy site on which to garden, things drop off quickly at the back of the house.

I thought this guy was the official greeter but he remained rather quiet.

It wasn't until the end of my visit that I went up on the deck to have a look, but in order to give you a better idea of the overall space I thought I'd start our tour there.

Looking down to the left. See the fellow standing below the bananas pointing up? He's on a second planting level beneath the one you see here, on the other side of him the land drops off again. Oh and he's also the man responsible for this amazing garden.

Looking a little to the right, now you can better see the level he was standing on — as well as the drop off on the other side of the palms and red bananas.

A little more to the right...

And the last shot from above. Gorgeous!

Time to explore!

While I was there another visitor commented she was worried about the eventual size of the three Senecio greyi along the edge of this border. Ya I suppose theoretically they could become a problem but I appreciate the "plant now, worry later," style (that's the way I garden!). Besides in chatting with the Laufenberg half of the duo I learned she frequently cuts from the garden for arrangements and this foliage works so well in a vase.

Mr. Morgan has a love for variegation and combines plants that could be jarring — to instead bring out the best qualities in both.

Continuing straight along the back of the house...

Alstroemeria psittacina 'Variegata'

One of several Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'.

Daphne × burkwoodii 'Briggs Moonlight' (I think ?).

Now I'm standing under the covered deck you saw from above.

And admiring the wonderful scissor collection! (yes, okay, and the Agave too)

This is the lower pathway I pointed out earlier.

Isn't the repeated color and texture fabulous?

I can't remember which bamboo this is but it's kind of soft and fuzzy.

One of the bananas had flowered and fruit was forming, my photo of it didn't turn out.

See, they've got all the cool plants! Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca'...

I hope my photos managed to convey the amazing beauty of this garden. Not only were the plants all happy and healthy (and so perfectly combined) but the entire place was immaculate! I'm so glad I was able to visit, thank you for opening your garden!

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