Thursday, July 20, 2017

Potted, the book (a review and a give-away)

Most of my readers probably realize I'm a huge fan of Potted, in Los Angeles. I've visited the store several times, and wish they were closer — they're just so GOOD. I've known there was a Potted book in the works for a couple of years now, since Annette asked me for a photo to include in the book (more on that below). To say I was excitedly anticipating holding it in my hands is an understatement...

The book briefly touches on the origins of Potted and we learn that tile-inset-pavers, and perfecting the technique of creating them, were the impetus behind Mary and Annette opening the store. I took a photo of a few of those pavers in the hellstrip in front of the shop when I first visited back in 2012...who knew? I just thought they were fabulous.

Anyway, the book...

In the very first paragraph Mary and Annette (henceforth referred to as "the authors") acknowledge that "outdoor planters are seductive and sultry as they lure you in with their rich colors and clean lines. You can hardly wait to add them to your garden — until you see the price tag, which can be out of reach for many budgets." How refreshing is that? The owners of a high-style retail store are acknowledging that many of us can't afford to purchase the items they sell. And yes, before anyone has to point it out I do have two Circle Pots and a Point Pot. All of which I hold near and dear, but. But those were splurges, special focal points. I should also be able to find (or make) less expensive options that don't lack for style, right? That's just what the authors show us how to do...

The projects (23 total) are broken into sections based on the materials used to create them: concrete, plastics, metals, terra-cotta, and organic materials. I love this way of classifying, you can read them all for inspiration but then hone in on your favorite materials. Like metal, you know I'm a lover of stock tanks and they show you how to customize the look, in case "all silver" isn't your thing...
photo © Potted, used by permission
I think we're all familiar with the cinder block planter wall originated by the ladies of Potted (see an Anthropologie version here), but for the book they've jazzed it up with painted nooks accented with candles.
photo © Potted, used by permission
What I find most useful about this book (and Handmade Garden Projects, by Lorene Edwards-Forker, which is listed in the "further reading" section at the back of the book) is the inspiration the projects provide. You may not replicate a project exactly as it's done in the book (which has amazingly detailed materials lists and how to photos) but you'll be inspired and learn techniques that will enable you to take off in your own direction...

Case in point? Their "Flying Saucer Planters"...
photo © Potted, used by permission
Inspired by my dish planters...

The authors couldn't find the exact materials I used but that didn't matter, they created their own version...just like you can do with the ideas in the book. For example I'm crushing on their PVC planter. I could do something like this with the metal fence posts I use for the base of my dish planters...
photo © Potted, used by permission
Are you thinking you need to own this book? Well you're right, of course. If you're in the L.A. area I'm sure you can pick it up at Potted. It you're not you can purchase it from the Timber Press website (note: Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and Pacific Horticulture members get 35% off the list price of Timber Press books!) or from Amazon.

AND...Timber Press has generously supplied me with a copy to give-away! Just comment below to be entered to win. Of course I'd love to hear about any containers you've DIY'd, or hope to learn to DIY, but any comment will get you entered to win — as long as (and this is IMPORTANT) you include a way for me to get in touch with you (a link to an active blog or an email address) and you're in the contiguous USA. All comments left before midnight July 26th will be eligible. The winner will be announced on Thursday the 27th. Good luck!

Weather Diary, July 19: Hi 82, Low 56/ Precip 0

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Vignette, Western Tiger Swallowtail

The garden is alive with flying and buzzing creatures. This one was nice enough to sit still for a moment. Just a moment...

Weather Diary, July 18: Hi 84, Low 57/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Those who follow me on Instagram may recognize this image...

I snapped the photo in our hotel room during the Capitol Region GB Fling. The kind Laurin Lindsey of Ravenscourt Gardens had spotted these vintage DANGER signs on Etsy and purchased one for me.

Once home I tried it out in various places around the garden, but I think this is where it's destined to live...

It was Andrew who suggested I take advantage of the fact the sign is metal, and use magnets to attach it somewhere. I like the fact it's not permanent and I can move it if the mood strikes. Although for now this just feels perfect.

Metal is certainly a consistent theme throughout the garden. Earlier this summer I found a online supplier for custom cut galvanized steel and ordered a top for this cheap IKEA table.

I have no idea what this little metal piece was supposed to be (picked up at the ReBuilding Center), but naturally it became a planter. While I was immediately drawn to its shape, it took Andrew to point out its similarity to our oval stock tanks.

This gorgeous Cryptanthus was a gift from The Practical Plant Geek (as were the others in the planter)...

I still may plant up this Steel Life Mod Dish, from last fall's visit to DIG. But for now it's become a sort of catch all for small Tillandsia and bits I pick up around the garden, like fallen (unpollinated?) cones from the Magnolia macrophylla...

Empty wasps nests (the brown bit is a resurrection fern, in need of resurrection).

Callistemon seed pods.

Okay the sand dollar didn't actually come from my garden, instead a visit to the beach with a friend, years ago...

And the Eucalyptus button came from a garden in California.

One of the gifted Tillandisa I received a few weeks ago is blooming, wait I'm repeating myself. I shared that a couple of days ago on Bloomday didn't I?

What else should I focus on? Oh, the Bromeliads...

They're looking good. Although the big one on the right has lost some of its purple color, since it's in so much shade. Bummer.

The hanging containers...I decided to try Dichondra argentea in this (oddly shaped) chartreuse pot.

The painted ferns are still doing well in the orange Hover Dish.

And the orange circle pot got a mix of Bromeliad and Tillandsia this year. It's a pity this photo doesn't really show the remarkable color of that Bromeliad.

But then again this post was supposed to be all about the DANGER sign...I just tend to ramble.

It's perfect.

Weather Diary, July 17: Hi 81, Low 55/ Precip 0

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Monday, July 17, 2017

In a Vase on Monday — Lilies from my garden!

What was I thinking? I've gardened here since 2005 and only just planted lilies this spring. WHY!? I couldn't tell you. I guess I thought they were difficult and demanding? Last spring a friend posted a question on Facebook, asking for recommendations of lilies to add to his garden. I started asking questions and decided when I attended the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle I would buy a couple from their vendor. I am so glad I did...

I'd learned I probably wanted to go with Orienpet Hybrids (a cross between Oriental and Trumpet Lilies) but all that went out the window when I saw the photo of the 'Kaveri'...

Then when deciding where to plant them I was at a loss. Long story as to why, but they ended up kind of tucked in next to the fence, behind the Loquat on one side and Hamamelis on the other. Not the best for garden enjoyment but perfect for cutting without guilt. After all they were basically hidden away, I had to liberate them!

They're even better than the photo promised. Creamier, less "tart"...

When it comes to big sexy blooms like this you don't need anything else in the vase...

Just the lilies.

My other purchase was 'Conca d'Or', because I think that's what my friend Heather shared with me last July (here)...

I've been watching them develop and propping up their heavy buds. I was surprised to find one of them open on Sunday morning.

Since it refused to stay where I'd propped it I practically had to cut it, right?

This one...

And this one, are staying semi-upright in the garden.

Honorable mention to this, my only other lily, an inherited (with the garden) 'Stargazer'. It always blooms for my birthday which is later this week. Looks to be on schedule!

The cut 'Conca d'Or' stem...

Since Andrew was already a little freaked out by the orange stamens on the 'Kaveri' (stain potential) — which are minuscule in comparison to these — I removed them before taking them indoors.

The color contrast with the orange stamens would have been nice, but c'est la vie. There's still a lovely contrast between the two different colored blooms.

Oh and the 'Conca d'Or' brings that lovely lily scent into the house.

I'm in heaven and will definitely be planting more lilies next spring, I'm hooked! Visit Rambling in the Garden for links to all the bloggers sharing their Monday vases....

Weather Diary, July 16: Hi 74, Low 56/ Precip 0

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Bloomday!

Here in Portland we've hit the sweet spot. Blue skies day after day, warm (sometimes hot) temperatures, THIS is what erases the memory of all that winter rain, or this year all that winter snow, ice, and rain. Oh July, how I love you!

If I was a real flower floozy I'd more flowers to share this Garden Bloggers' Bloomday (thanks for hosting Carol) but I think I've got a pretty substantial line up, even for a foliage lover. Admittedly I'm rushing things a bit, sharing these Agapanthus buds. They'll open before the day is over though...

Last year I only got a single flower cluster from my Alstroemeria isabellana.

Thankfully this year it's back to it's florific ways and there are many.

Eryngium agavifolium, always a pollinator favorite.

Something's been snacking on the Clematis florida var. sieboldiana flowers. Not cool!

Abutilon Nuabyell, which has come back from being killed to the ground last winter, and it's already flowering.

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'

Acanthus mollis

Thalictrum ichangense 'Evening Star' — which has been blooming since April!

One day, almost overnight, this NOID Tillandsia started to turn pink. I should have known blooms were eminent.

Another long bloomer, Calycanthus floridus 'Athens' — since April.

Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophylla

Nymphaea 'Marliacea Chromatella'

Love my waterlilies!

Grevillea 'Ned Kelly'

I have never caught these little grafted Moon Cactus blooms open. This is the entire show...

Anigozanthos flavidus

Macleaya cordata, with Trachycarpus.

NOID Sempervivum

NOID Sempervivum

Paris polyphylla - Heronswood form

Moving out to the front garden... it's Yucca time!

If memory serves (cause I'm not going outside to count right now) this year's crop was 13 spikes.

Both Y. filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ and the plain green Y. filamentosa are blooming.

Interestingly the 'Color Guard' stems are white...

And the plain green are, well, green....

Genista aetnensis

Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen'

Another NOID Sempervivum

The end of the Morina longifolia flowers.

Grevillea x gaudichaudii

Scabiosa stellata 'Paper Moons' (flower on the left, reason for growing the flower on the right).

Hey, how'd that get in here? Another Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen'.

These NOID Lewisia have been blooming for months.

Indigofera amblyantha

Gaura lindheimeri

Bougainvillea × buttiana 'Barbara Karst'

Callistemon ‘Woodlander's Hardy Red’ — at the very end of it's bloom cycle.

While I'll always wish for more, at least one of my Hesperaloe parviflora saw fit to send up a bloomspike this year.

Luckily it's right by a window so we can watch the hummingbirds dine.

Finally I'll wrap up with Datura 'Ballerina Purple'. Where ever you are I hope you're enjoying July in your garden!

Weather Diary, July 14: Hi 86, Low 56/ Precip 0

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