Thursday, December 12, 2019

Beth Winter's garden, my second visit

I've shared a pair of quick vignettes from Beth's garden (here and here) but finally I'm posting a longer look. Granted it's still not long enough (for a look at my first visit back in 2015 go here). I was there to take a few photos for my book (due to be published in 2021, sigh...long wait) and so that was my main focus. Then we ran off to have a delicious lunch and visit a nursery. Still, I think you'll enjoy...

Beth has exquisite taste in plants and garden art. Since you probably know I am not a fan of most garden art, that's a huge compliment.

Acorns on her cut-leaf emperor oak! Quercus dentata 'Pinnatifida'

Cornus sanguinea 'compressa'

Just one of many photogenic vignettes...

You knew there were going to be agaves, right?

And opuntia, of course...

Those large rocks are actually big chunks of glass.

More rusty stuff...

This entire section is new since I last visited. Oh and since I was there in August (think hot and dry), the sprinkler was hooked up.

Semperivium and Graptoveria (I think).

Those geese are just as impressed with her Symphytum × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold' as I was.

And the Salvia argentea was pretty fab too...

I think this may be that crazy acer I saw in Richard Hartlage's garden; Acer palmatum 'Peve Starfish'

And this! The ornamental peach I adore...

But now it's time to appreciate Beth's container collection, par excellence...


I mean really! Look at this...

So many gorgeous combinations of plants and containers...

And here's where they all go in the wintertime...

Okay, sadly it's time to take our leave.

Hopefully I'll get a chance to visit again soon, and wander the entire garden...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wednesday Vignette: the moss man endures

Last week I mentioned Beth Winter and her propensity to collect. I first visited Beth's garden in July of 2015. I tour many gardens but Beth's stands out in my mind, it's not just her collecting of objects, but she's also got great taste in plants and knows how to put together a stunning vignette. I had the opportunity to visit Beth's garden again last summer, to interview her and take a few photos for my book. There's a full post coming up tomorrow, but today I'm sharing photos of the moss man...

I was worried he would have moved on since I last saw him—in 2015—after all 4 years is a log time to sit in one place.

Thankfully he's still there, still waiting for someone to join him. That's a sad face staring at an empty chair...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Visiting Arium Botanicals, in Portland

At the urging of my friend Ann, I attended a meeting of the PNW branch of the American Begonia Society back on Nov 24th . That meeting took place at Arium Botanicals, a shop I'd never even heard of—even though they're burning up Instagram with 47K followers. Where have I been!?

The houseplant craze just keeps building (which I suppose means it isn't just a craze?) and shops like this are popping up around town (and in my Instagram feed).

I'll admit seeing Instagram explode with houseplant pictures and the accompanying hashtag madness (#plantparenthood #houseplantsofinstagram #monsteramonday) had me rolling my eyes—at first. But many (most?) of these houseplant lovers are actually serious plant people with impressive knowledge of these plants.

Here at Arium the plants are all labeled with their proper botanical names. This should be standard operating procedure when selling plants, but it's definitely not.

This Rhipsalis boliviana was pretty adorable, but at $30 a little rich for my blood.

They had some really nice pottery too...

The space is full, but not cramped.

And installations like this...

And this...

...are very inspiring. As is the moss-covered column for growing plants up, up, up. Note there are smaller ones available (on the right)...

I must admit watching and eavesdropping I was very much feeling like the 20-something apartment dweller I used to be...the younger me longing to own a home and thus a garden.

I didn't buy my first home until I was 34—that was a few years ago (just a few...)—but I've come to take having soil to plant in for granted now. How I would have loved shops like this when I did not.

Wait! I love shops like this now!!! Like a great deal of my plants, these are houseplants in the winter, patio plants in the summer (thanks to Ann for that great label—"patio plants")

Anthurium pedato-radiatum (kokedama version—$205)

There were lots of mounted plants available...

Dischidia imbricata

And a nice selection of kokedama too...

But the reason I was there was for the Begonia Society meeting, right? They were very enthusiastic plant people, and of course brought lots of great plants to show and share.

This spiky guy—brought by Emily, of In Search of Small Things—is Begonia versicolor. I also visited Emily's home garden and propagation area and will have a post on that amazingness coming up soon.

Here Linda is showing off a leaf cutting of Begonia masoniana (the iron cross begonia).

I went home with cuttings of Begonia soli-mutata (Sun-Changing Begonia) and Begonia bowerae nigramarga, which I'm trying to get to root. I also bought a fabulous little bird's nest sansevieria from Arium...it was a good night!

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