Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Gerdemann Botanic Preserve, the public trail

As I mentioned last week Andrew and I recently walked the public trail next to the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve in Yachats, Oregon.

The trail began between a cluster of art galleries, walking past them and into the beginnings of the forest this is scene was on our left. I could hear someone working nearby, but really? You should never leave a fire unattended. It bothered me, but did I seek them out to complain? No. I just stewed inside and worried.

The smoke from the fire created a bit of magic as the suns rays filtered down through the trees.

Selaginella kraussiana, it was interesting to spot this non-native here.

The lower sign reads (in part): You are entering a wildlife sanctuary. On the edge of the Siuslaw National Forest, this 3.5-acre privately owned botanical preserve is thickly forested with native spruce and hemlock, and serves as the perfect place to test the hardiness of rare and unusual plants from all over the world. With its myriad microclimates, the Preserve contains many unusual plants, from southern hemisphere shrubs and trees, to significant collections of magnolia, camellia, and rhododendron species and hybrids. Protected under a conservation easement, the habitat created by this lush assortment of plants draws a wide variety of birds, mammals and other creatures to this very special place.

Andrew's foot for scale with an impressive mushroom.

The moss was thick and fabulous.

As were the ferns...

And fungus...

And lichen...

Andrew was always just ahead of me on the trail...

He thought this tree would make an interesting piece of furniture.

As we were starting the trail we passed a family of 7 or so people. I heard one of the kids say (slightly panicked) "we missed the grandma tree!" I had no idea what she was talking about, but now I do.

That's grandma.

Did I mention the moss?

Oh and the berries!

Looking into the garden itself, I see hints of the wonderful things growing there...

Back to the trail.

The light was perfect for illuminating the undersides of the big-leaf Rhododendrons.

I wish I could have gotten a better shot of the shelf mushrooms, they were pretty incredible.

Someone had recently chopped the leaves off the Gunnera and tossed them about, I hope it wasn't vandalism.

Blechnum spicant

Fertile fronds

Mahonia some-somthing

There's that man in the distance again, kind of spooky.

Oh this! I was smitten.

I emailed Evan (The Practical Plant Geek) photos and he identified it as a native clubmoss, Lycopodium clavatum.

Google that name and you'll find out it's a homeopathic remedy for all sorts of things that might ail you. I just think it's cool.

I did not expect to see bamboo, but there it was.

More shelf-fungi...

It was a fun walk.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

The Kuzma/Halme Garden, late summer 2018 visit

Back in September I visited the Kuzma Garden wait no, make that the Kuzma/Halme Garden, John and Kathleen were married in August, and Kathleen is already quite plant savvy and taking an active roll in the garden. I've been posting annual reports on this garden since 2011, we start in the front garden...

Where things are looking fabulous.

Someday I should do a "then and now" post on this garden. Comparing photos I took on my first visit in 2011 with the present.

I feel like we talked about why this Yucca rostrata is sporting a flat-top, but I can't remember!

My photos from this visit are hardly a comprehensive overview; I was there with many friends, and there was wine. Still I think I hit most of the high-spots. You'll want to take a look at Gerhard's post (here) to get many more details than I'm providing.

Oh wow, I really need to get my Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' into the ground.

Damn! That's some sexy foliage.

There are two of the folks who shared my visit, Nick Macer and Sean Hogan (with beer)....

My Melianthus major 'Purple Haze' has been buried by Hakonechloa. I really need to right that wrong.

Now we've made our way up to the crevice garden, which is looking fabulous.

Agave ovatifolia, probably 'Frosty Blue'

Caesalpinia gilliesii

More of the crevice garden...

Palms! Bananas!

When I visited back in May (photos here) the palms were all in bloom, now there are seeds.

Yes, another look at the crevice garden, but we must move on...

Abies koreana, Korean fir, I think (I was told, but that was months ago)...

Salvia discolor

I really need to find this one again next spring so I can enjoy it for a season.

Acanthus sennii

More foliage magic...

An Oleander...

And the Passiflora!

I've always associated this garden with Agaves but this returning exotic may change that.

It's very happy here!

I was allowed to take cuttings last year and failed miserably.

Moving on, one of my favorite vignettes...

Oenothera macrocarpa (I think?)

Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea', a gorgeous, but not hardy in Portland (magic happens in this garden), small tree.

I end this fantastic post with this! I'm not sure which Passiflora it is but wow. It's a beauty...

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