Friday, April 20, 2018

The Marsh Garden, a stop on the 2016 Salem Study Weekend

Think European. In Salem, Oregon. We're flashing back to June of 2016...

From our Study Weekend brochure: "Our Mediterranean-style home and 2-acre garden began as an abandoned hilltop pasture 17 years ago. Our garden reflects the influence of our visits to gardens in western Europe. Italian influences dominate our interior garden, including a Tuscan fountain, dining pergola and loggia, as well as extensive hedging. Think Italian with color. A French inspired allee connects the upper garden to the lower tropical garden. Other features include a white garden, an English cottage garden, a Mediterranean garden, and a new prairie garden. The gardens outside the wall are informal, reflecting a northwest style."

Honestly I remember being a little hesitant to devote much time to this garden, fearing it would be something like Trump's idea of a European garden.

My concern was misplaced, it was wonderful...

Rosa glauca

Wish I had room.

Kinda magical, right?

Daphne × burkwoodii ‘Briggs Moonlight’, I swoon.

These were a little unexpected.

I can imagine walking out those doors on a summer morning, coffee in hand, ready to admire my estate. Yes I can.
My view would be a little different, but still, this is downright lovely.

That's quite the shade pavilion.
Euphorbia stygiana, I think.

Sweet vignette! (Santolina and Kniphofia)

Impatiens mash-up.
I've never seen a Gunnera used at the back of a planting bed like this. It works, and they must have some amazing irrigation to get it the water it needs to grow that tall.

Pots on plinths
Pots and pots.

We're about to make our leave of this charming garden.
And in case you're wondering, yes, really. I am still posting photos from a garden tour I took part in back in June of 2016. What can I say? I've made it a personal goal to get through my last six Salem gardens before the second anniversary of the tour! I can do this! (fingers crossed...)

Weather Diary, April 19: Hi 68, Low 39/ Precip 0

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Flora Exotica at Flora Noble

When several of your creative friends are linked to an exhibition called Flora Exotica you have to go check it out, right?

Flora Exotica took place last Sunday at Casa Rana (aka Flora Noble). Owners Elsa and Tyler Lang invited Portlanders into their open-air outdoor plant studio space to admire (and purchase) hand painted pots.

The pots were created by Claire Bandfield of apotspot. We toured Claire's home studio back in May of 2016 (here)

I only got to chat with Claire briefly (her fans all needed a bit of her time), I wish I would have asked about what appears to be a slightly different finish on the pots she brought for display.

Here are the painted-up and planted pots...

Hey look, a Kate Blairstone original!

And another, I think this one might be my favorite of the whole show, excellent plant pairing too! (Fish Bowl, $225)

Cut-Outs, by Taryn Cowart ($85)

I neglected to get the name of the artist behind this one, isn't it fabulous though? And that Aloe! (One gripe, the pots, especially this one, could use a little gravel or glass mulch hide the potting soil)

Forest Floor, by Meg Hunt ($275)

This Monstera is V Deliciosa, by Sarah Martin ($125)

The prints were done by Elsa and Tyler Lang.

I contemplated the purchase of this one.

And this one. But didn't follow-through (what was I thinking?)

Their utility sink set-up had me mourning the loss of our basement sink. We had one just like this, but it was cracked and rather abused. It got demolished with the start of our basement bathroom project. I would have loved to use it in the garage for planting and potting.

There's Elsa, she was so busy this was the only photo of her I managed to snap. Don't you just love the monster Tillandsia (Bromeliad?) in the hanger?

There was another.

Outside the studio, their garden is taking shape.

A monster Lilac with Opuntia taking shelter underneath. Only in Portland.

I do love me some Lilacs...

I think I recognize a trio of apotspot pots!

They've got a fine cactus collection going.

And an Agave too!

Oh look! It's the (famous) artist Kate Blairstone with Nathan Limprecht.

Alas it was time to take my leave.

But not before I photographed these florific stained glass windows hanging at the side of the house.

Thanks Flora Noble!

Weather Diary, April 18: Hi 64, Low 43/ Precip 0

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