Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wind Dancer revisit

When I signed up for the Salem Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend (held in June) I thought I'd be seeing all new-to-me gardens, so I was pleased when I noticed the garden of Carolyn and Larry Kolb on the program. After all it's always fun to revisit a great garden and see how things have gown and changed.

That first visit (covered here) was in May of 2013, back then we just pulled up and parked in the driveway. This time however I was seeing the garden on the same day as several hundred other people, so I parked just down the street and thus entered from a different side. All the better to notice the chicken coop and its plantings.

"Hens and chicks" (Sempervivum) along with various Sedums...

I was surprised to see this shady (cool) table unoccupied.

Ah the spikes! I was hoping they'd still be here.

Such a pristine collection.

And towering above them all a beautiful tree (which I believe is Robinia Pseudoacacia ‘Twisty Baby’)...

The area that had been dedicated to selling grasses (Carolyn used to run Wind Dancer, a grass nursery, from her home) is now filled with chairs and tables. Many were full of relaxing tour-goers, I didn't want to intrude by sticking a camera in their faces, thus I'll show the empty chairs...

This must be where all those lovely spikes spend their winter vacation.

Carolyn and Larry have lived here for 17 years and built up this beautiful garden from an empty lawn-filled lot with just a few Fir and Aspen trees.

The Koi pond is located right off the back of the house, perfect for enjoying while drinking your morning coffee (we should all be so lucky).

This is an idea I'll be stealing. See the water lettuce in a floating metal dish? Love it! I have a few small pieces of Salvinia minima, which get kind of lost in my stock tank with the other plants. This would be a way to keep them together and highlight them...

Moving on...

See the "ocean wave" made of grasses?

Sexy succulents.

I love these Bromeliad and Clematis features flanking the garage, what a treat to see as you come and go from home.

There is so much to see in this garden!

Including wildlife.

But all good things must come to an end. Here I'm making my way back towards my car.

Thankfully there's a lot to look at on the way...

I've only shared three of the many gardens we visited during the weekend's activities. Oh so many more to come!

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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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