Friday, September 17, 2021

I went for a walk...

Today we're flashing back to Sept 2nd, when I decided it was time to go for a walk. I remember thinking when I could finally walk to McMenamins Kennedy School then I'd know life was returning to normal. It's just under a mile round trip, or about a mile when I weave my way up and down a few blocks. It felt mighty good to get out and walk just because I could...

Dried artichokes in a neighbor's side garden.

I remember when this Yucca rostrata at the entrance to the Kennedy School parking lot was just a wee thing. Now look at it, it's got a decent trunk.

Their Agave ovatifolia has recovered from it's ugly tween years.

Looking down the sidewalk towards 33rd Ave, I love the wild overgrown look of it all.

Yikes! A beheaded Schefflera taiwaniana. Me thinks it must have been burned badly during the June "heat dome".

The nearby tetrapanax don't seem to have suffered.

Who says you can't grow a large Yucca rostrata in a pot?

COVID-safe dining on the front lawn seems to have necessitated extra protection for the planting beds...

Oh! Amaryllis belladonna...

And sexy arctostaphylos legs.

This is the first place I ever saw the red fruit of the Cornus kousa and I remember being so amazed and curious. Thankfully I knew the gardener at Kennedy School, Erich Petschke, and he was always willing to answer my random plant questions. That's a nice Poncirus trifoliata growing underneath it.

A solid green Fatshedera? I might need this.

Somehow I've missed that there's a Pseudopanax x 'Sabre' growing near the back entrance to the building. How have I not seen this before?

Since this plant isn't known to be completely hardy here in my NE Portland area (and I planted mine out last year) I will keep an eye on this nice specimen.

Fern at the backdoor...

Cyrtomium falcatum (Japanese holly fern) I believe.

I drool over this one everytime I visit. Tucked in all nonchalantly when really it's a fabulous and hard to find beauty, Pyrrosia sheareri.

I've taken this photo a few times... this combo just keeps looking fabulous (mangave and arctostaphylos)...

Back over in the spiky corner things are looking grand.

So many agaves!

Almost done with the McMenamins property I stopped to admire the small veggie garden.

Tis the season...

Moving on towards home I was terrified to discover there are scorpions in NE Portland!

And what looks like maybe an alternative classroom?

I've seen rhododendrons eat houses but here's proof that bananas can do it too.

Security dog? I dunno, he's kind of flat. 

In case you're wondering he's guarding these opuntia.

California's Governor isn't the only elected official facing a recall. I'm not a fan of recall efforts but Ted definitely isn't acting in the city's best interest.

And just like that, I'm back at this garden which looks really familiar. Thanks for walking with me!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Blooms in September...

Last weekend I did something that would have been completely normal at any other time in my life—that is took a little road trip up to the Seattle area to visit friends and gardens. However I am completely out of practice when it comes to travel! Five days away, with three different overnight locations, was a significant disrupter to my equilibrium. Thus this month's Bloomday snuck up on me, I've scrambled to get photos taken, edited and uploaded, but here we are...

I'd forgotten that I planted these Cyclamen hederifolium 'Xera's Sterling' last fall, their blooms were an unexpected surprise when I returned home on Monday...

The front garden bougainvillea are also blooming again...yay!

Walking into the back garden I discovered quite a few Passiflora 'Snow Queen' blooms had opened...

As well as a few Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel', this one has been on a significant bloom strike since our June heat wave.

Just one small flower on the back garden's Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum.

The Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ flowers look nice against the foliage of the variegated Daphniphyllum macropodum.

Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'  

There is just one small bloom cluster on my Aralia cordata 'Sun King'. I've been growing this plant in a container, because when I bought it I didn't have a place in the ground for it. I do now I and I plan to finally plant it out in the spring, it's going to be so happy!

That damn begonia—Begonia semperflorens ‘Harmony Plus White'—just keeps blooming, 

Thalictrum ichangense 'Evening Star', also keeping on with the blooming. I think this one is about three months in.

Chasmanthium latifolium, aka northern sea oats and about a million other common names...

Last month I shared some of my other Nepenthes alata pitchers, because they're as colorful as blooms, so I thought I would share the pitchers on this plant for September.

Just below them is a blooming NOID tillandsia.

Paris polyphylla [Heronswood Form]

Way way way up high, Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' is still doing it's thing.

And we'll back out of the back garden looking at the aralia, first up the tiny blooms of Schefflera brevipedunculata...

Metapanax delavayi 

And a group shot with Schefflera delavayi in the starring role, up front. 

That's it for my September blooms! It's been a hot and dry summer and the garden is tired. I could go on for another month or two but things are starting to show signs of turning to fall. We've got rain in the forecast for the weekend (everyone but me is excited about that) and the sunlight is no longer at it's summer angle. I'm trying to deal with the change gracefully...

For more blogger's blooms visit May Dreams Gardens, our charming hostess for this floral extravaganza!

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