Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A small garden I drive by...

We have a default Thai take-out place not too far from home, it seems I pick up food there at least once a month, maybe more. Headed home I drive by this house and it's tiny front garden. I finally had time to make a quick stop and the light was decent for photo taking, so...

Normally I'm not a fan of the garage out front style of home-building, but at least this one has a cool door, less garage, more funky old warehouse window. And that tree! It makes everything okay.

The scene to the left of the driveway. Looks like they're in the process of building a nice wooden corral for their waste bins, I love that and wish my neighbors would do the same.

Here's the garden I check out as I drive by, it's to the right of the driveway.

There's some sweet yucca action going on...

And some choice little succulents. Some of them are not going to last through a typical Portland winter...

Whereas others will be fine...

When I see a garden with plants like these I wonder if they made choices understanding hardiness issues, or if the rotting death of the tender plants will be a surprise (either due to poor labeling/signage where they bought them, or their not knowing what hardiness zone we're in). Of course someone could walk around my garden right now and ask the same question. I have plants in the ground that are tender here. I may lift them or I may not, so I wonder. Obviously this sempervivum will be fine.

Some of their other plant choices have me concerned for size, however, again there are examples of this in my own garden too.

The Araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle tree) and Japanese maple just a couple of feet apart could become a problem, someday. Or maybe the maple is just there until the monkey puzzle grows up?

The opuntia though, pure fabulousness!

And another shot of the yuccas at the top of the mound, love them. I'll definitely be watching this garden to see how it develops.

Weather Diary, Oct 21: Hi 62, Low 52/ Precip .01"

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Monday, October 21, 2019

The Greenhouse Complex, Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, and Green Roof—all at the Denver Botanic Gardens

That's a mouthful, right? I could have tried to make it easy, but decided to stick with the awkward title. Why? Because I found the Denver Botanic Gardens a little confusing. I studied the map and tried to familiarize myself with the different areas, but I still ended up confused. I'm sure if I lived in Denver and visited regularly it would all make sense.

The buildings we're visiting today are 4, 31 and 22 on this map. They're all connected, but yet don't have sequential numbers on the map. Isn't that confusing? Anyway....this first photo shows the Greenhouse Complex, and along the front (but still undercover) is the Orangery. There were potted oranges...

And colorful seasonal plantings.

Bam! That's bright.

Unfortunately (BIG SAD FACE) you couldn't actually go into the greenhouse complex.

And you guys, there were A LOT of cool bromeliads in there.

Along with tillandsia growing in the window frame.

Imagine the treasures lurking in there...

Its's almost painful, right? Well, it was for me.

I don't know which one of these was more impressive, the nepenthes or it's castle.

Oh wait, the nepenthes, definitely.

Now we're in 31, the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. The sign reads, in part: "Why Bring the Tropics to Denver? When the Gardens moved to this location from City Park in 1959, the trustees and then director, Dr. Aubrey C. Hildreth, realized the value of a conservatory—a landmark for Denver, an educational opportunity, and a chance to expand the Gardens' collections. Since then, the increased importance of rainforest education and stewardship of threatened plants have been added to the Conservatory's relevance."

There were a lot of bromeliads here too, not many had labels however—or at least not ones I could see.

This fern reminded me of one I saw at Dick's greenhouse (here) I should have asked him if it was something he thought I could keep alive, and if so, bought it. I do love it.

Oh! This one had a label, Vriesea hieroglyphica.

This guy was trying to pass unnoticed, which is hard when you're as big as he is.

There was an upper level, a sort of tree house of bromeliads. Naturally it was closed for construction or some such thing.

So we went up to the Green Roof instead (22 if you're following along on the map): "A Living Laboratory; The plant species in this garden are being tested for their suitability for green roof use in this climate. Traditionally, green roofs are built in climates with more rainfall than ours. Green roof gardens in Denver and along the Front Range have different requirements. We use this space to experiment with irrigation frequency and plant choice, and methodically document the results"

It looks pretty darn good...

They're going to have to replace the agave though...

Back down on the ground here's a shot of part of the conservatory building. I wish we had one of these in Portland...

Weather Diary, Oct 20: Hi 59, Low 47/ Precip .03"

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Darcy Daniels' Portland Garden, an HPSO Study Weekend visit

I've had the pleasure of visiting Darcy Daniels' garden a few times, still I didn't want to pass up the chance to see it all fluffed and primped for the HPSO Study Weekend...

The sign above is in Darcy's hellstrip, as are the plants below. The lady in the purplish shirt (above) is standing on the public sidewalk.

Darcy's driveway, which is not used, obviously.

A wider view...

From the Study Weekend brochure: "Darcy has been gardening since 1998 when she and her husband moved to their little plot in NE Portland. At the time she was new to gardening but dove right in with a passion...Since then the garden has been in a constant state of development—evolving and changing as gardens and gardeners do. The latest incarnation has been focused on making edits to her maturing landscape. For example, she's in the process of making adjustments to her back yard after removing two large trees." Learn more at darcydaniels.com

I love this shot!

I know these next three photos are still in the front garden but I'm not sure what's hellstrip and what's her actual lot.

Here we've stepped up into the front garden.

Tempting to sit for a bit, except for the fact I've still got other gardens to see!

The pathway that heads around to the back garden.

One of the very best side yards in all of Portland...

Mangave, maybe 'Bad Hair Day' and my shadow hand...

I love this wall planter!

Darcy's office is in their converted garage. Pretty sweet...

Another tempting sit spot.

Staniding here I could tell there were trees missing but I thought they were gone from a neighbor's yard, not Darcy's.

Love the combination of chartreuse and black. I need to ask Darcy what the chartreuse is.

Even the skinny side yard is fabulous...

Thanks Darcy for opening your garden, again!

Weather Diary, Oct 17: Hi 58, Low 51/ Precip .28"

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