Monday, February 8, 2016

In a Vase on Monday – well, that's odd

This is not where I thought I was headed for this week's "in a vase" creation...

But when I noticed several crossing branches that needed pruning on the Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' – that became my focus. Why wait to prune when doing it now means heavenly perfume inside the house? Exactly.

So the plans were adjusted and a tall green vase became the center focus. It's quite challenging to find something that looks right with long, bare, brown stems. I needed a couple of strong players.

Meet Phormium 'Apricot Queen'

Beautiful, right? A couple leaves were cut...

Along with a few Sword Fern fronds.

But of course I didn't stop there, it was time to redo the entire mantle-scape...

How about a bouquet of Agaves? (oh how I wish I had carried something like this in my wedding!)...

Last Friday I wrote about a wealth of Agaves that recently arrived at my doorstep. My original plan for this week was to create a large arrangement with them, instead I made a couple of simple bouquets by arranging them in my hand...

Wrapping a couple of wet paper-towels around the roots...

And placing the handful into a vase.

Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to do something more creative with these soon, after all it's only February so none will be going in the ground anytime soon.

I decided to work exclusively with my green vase collection. How I feel about these varies depending on the day/my mood. Right now I'm loving them, sometimes not so much, I think because the green is a little dull. Oh, that clock is an oldie but goodie that I've had for ages but haven't used for a very long time. It works!

If you're experiencing any Edgeworthia confusion – in some photos they appear more open than others – that's because I snuck in a few close-up images after they'd been in the warm house long enough to open up a bit more.

Did you notice the doorknob set? (sorry, it got a little cropped here) Those are the knobs on our interior doors, this extra set is from an old door that was removed (no longer used). I needed something to keep the rustic brass orb upright and liked the way they worked with the color scheme. Oh and yep – that Agave parryi is the one from this post. The poor guy was uprooted and is spending a little time drying out in the house.

The patina on the brass piece is wonderful...

The Corokia Cotoneaster is still looking good from when I cut it for a vase way back on January 18th. Oh and look! The Tillandsia bulbosa (I think) is having a baby!

I realized there's a circle theme going on here (clock face, doorknobs, brass orb, etc) so a wreath was needed. I put it together with moss and things from the old mantle-scape that I tore apart to make this one.

And now for the namesake of this post (as labeled by my husband). I found this old TV antenna at our local rebuilding center and decided to treat it as sculpture. Having grown up pre-cable television (I grew up rural so even when cities had cable we still did not) these were staples in our house, although none as cool as this one (and most had wadded up aluminum foil on the ends)...

The Haworthia plays nicely with it.

And it's the same colors as the clock, on the other end of the mantle.

Was the light-bulb shape purposeful or accidental?

One final Agave pup finishes the tableau.

That's my run-on creation for this week's In a Vase on Monday event. As always Cathy is our hostess gathering up the links...visit her!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Unpack with gloves on!

You know it's going to be good when you open a mystery package and see this...

Agaves!

After unpacking and sorting here are my riches. Clockwise from top: 3 x A. scabra, 7 x A. salmiana var. ferox, and 2 x A. colorata.

How lucky am I? And who sent me this Agave care package?

Here's a hint for those of you who garden in Portland, and shop Garden Fever. It's Richard, contemplating a ginormous (beautiful) Agave salmiana var. ferox. And check out that Opuntia in the background...
photo credit: Lori Vollmer

Richard and his wife Lori own Garden Fever nursery, in addition to their home in the PNW they also have a home (and garden) in Arizona. They "de-pupped" several of their agaves and shared the wealth. Yippee!

Here's the mama plant to my pair of A. colorata, good genes no?
photo credit: Lori Vollmer

Look at those teeth!

I'm in love. Thank you Lori and Richard!!! Now what will I do with them all...

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time for our annual look at the Kuzma garden...

Where the heck does time go? Last August I visited a very special garden. One I've been visiting, and writing about, since 2011. It was a hot day, but somehow that seems like just the weather one needs to tour this paradise...

You're probably familiar with this garden not just from my photos, but from the posts other bloggers did when we visited as part of the Portland Garden Blogger's Fling in 2014.

Here's some exciting news...it's also a featured garden in Pam Penick's new book "The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water" due out in late February. Finally someone is going to break the myth that it rains "all the time" in Portland!

No, this is the same photo again, it's taken a bit further back. I just love the way the blue of the Yucca Rostrata blends into the green foliage all around and yet looks like blue shock-waves reverberating out to the blue blue sky.

Rhododendron pachysanthum (L) and Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (R)

Love that tomentum!

Every gardener needs a Nolina 'La Siberica', or three.

And lots and lots of Eryngium!

There are many exotic Passionflower growing in this garden.

Maybe I should plant a Datura this year...

Now we enter the private back garden...

Another crazy Passionflower.

And an enormous Phlebodium pseudoaureum.

Agave ovatifolia

Leucadendron argenteum

I wonder if my Setcreasea purpurea 'Purple Heart' will come back from the roots this spring?

Things are really happy in this garden, the heat of last summer did it good.

I wonder if he got blooms on the Acanthus sennii?

So beautiful...

I wonder if my Caesalpinia gilliesii will bloom this year?

The Agaves have gotten so amazingly large...

Be still my beating heart.

This might be my favorite stage of a Datura bloom.

Acacia dealbata (I think).

All roads lead to the orange container...

Look...

Bananas!

Variegated Daphniphyllum.

And just like that our tour is over. I can't wait to see what summer 2016 brings!

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