Friday, April 17, 2015

Greening Portland, the rural and urban versions

Last Saturday was a day of extremes. Bright sunny skies followed by intense downpours, repeat, repeat, repeat. Such is spring in the Pacific Northwest. Andrew and I made a quick trip out to visit a plant sale at Westwind Farm Studio during one of those sunny times. The lady in red (pink?) below was our hostess.

Attendees to the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland spent a warm, sunny, July afternoon here. I did not since Scott and I needed to get back to the hotel to set up for the dinner later that night. In other words, this was the first time I'd been here...but with much anticipation of how wonderful it would be.

And it was! Thanks to the owner and hostess Maryellen who broke away from the sale to give us an impromptu tour of the garden.

The greenhouse was our destination, so many good things happening inside.

I am jealous. There, I said it.

Such fabulous plants.

There's a shady side too...

This big beauty was a remnant from earlier days, a planter extraordinaire.

Heading down to the pool area while looking back up at the greenhouse.

I could hang out there.

I love the horsetail, I know many don't. Maryellen shared that they've resigned themselves to it.

Walking back towards the sale area this arbor was worth stopping to gawk at.

Back at the sale...

Lots of great plants.

Some from Xera...

Others they'd propagated onsite and others from Blooming Nursery. I bought a sweet pair of echeveria. The next event will be the Lavender Festival, 2nd weekend of July, reports are there will be many cactus and succulents available for sale during that event. I'll probably need to be there.

So that was the rural, later in the evening we were back in the city and headed to meet a friend for dinner. The skies weren't so blue anymore, in fact there were raindrops falling as we stood outside and waited for a table. Luckily there were some interesting "green walls" across the street worth staring at.

The Woodlawn boasts all sorts of "green" attributes, in fact..."The Woodlawn is the epitome of green living in Northeast Portland" and among other things (which you can read about if you click on the link) it has "1100 square feet of living wall siding, The Woodlawn seamlessly blends the best of modern architecture with all of the benefits and aesthetics of natural flora." They think a lot of themselves!

I pledge to keep an eye on this installation and see how it fares over time.

Turning back towards the outdoor seating (risky under those skies!) of the restaurant we hoped to eat at Andrew noticed the "green roof" over the bike parking. Only in Portland...
Barrels cut in half and planted up.

The over flow water drains out the hole at the end and into a gutter, that then drains into another running perpendicular to the first. You can see it just above the street sign and the pedestrian crossing sign.

It then drips into a bioswale next to the street. I should have got a photo of it but 1) we were starting to make the folks sitting outside nervous with all our picture taking. And 2) our friend showed up and it was time to eat!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tulip crossing

Funny, a single tulip growing in an expanse of lawn. It looks a bit odd though...

What a thin stem, kinda brown too.

Hey!

"Tulip Crossing"

Did you notice the other one in the photo above? (across the sidewalk)...

Nice garden too...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Bloomday, 2015

Tax day? No, Bloomday. That is if you're a garden blogger and your priorities are in order. Our freakishly early spring here in the PNW has slowed down considerably. Or at least mine has. We've returned our our cool and wet weather, although if the weather guys have it right next week is going to be uncharacteristically warm, maybe even into the 80's!

When it comes to the garden sometimes it's the little things that make me happy, like the color echo between the new growth on the Cotinus ‘Royal Purple' and the blooming Pulsatilla vulgaris.

Only the really observant notice the tiny yellow star-shaped flowers on the Corokia Cotoneaster.

Oh this silly, wandering, Clematis montana var. rubens!

It grows in my garden (inherited) but is thrilled with the trellis my neighbor planted for her hops vine, it's kind of taken over their garage...

Most of the blooms are no longer in my garden.

I've previously mourned the blooming of the Lupinus albifrons, I didn't want to see flowers at the expense of foliage.

But at least the flowers are pretty sweet.

Grevillea ‘Poorinda Leane’ - it's been blooming for months.

Geranium phaeum 'Samobor'

Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow'

Saxifraga x urbium

Magnolia laevifolia, it's a fav.

Epimedium 'Amber Queen'

Podophyllum pleianthum, they're going crazy this year.

The leaves are bigger...

And the flowers more numerous.

The Banksia ericifolia bloom seemed to take a break for the winter months. It's been bulking up slowly as the temperatures have warmed.

Grevillea x gaudichaudii started to form the bottom bloom last summer. It's really getting with it now...

Ceanothus 'Dark Star'

Ajuga 'Black Scallop'

I thought the flowers would annoy me and detract from the foliage but that's not the case.

The Stachyurus salicifolius is having a very good year.

Such a cool plant.

And once I'd counted the Sonchus canariensis out for the season it looks like it's going to bloom after all.

To wrap things up we're heading inside...Ludisia discolor, there are several blooms on this dark leaf beauty. They're not all that spectacular and I've been threatening to cut them off.

There are a couple of aloe surprises this month too, Aloe 'Blue Elf'...

Blooming away in the basement.

Along with Aloe 'Carmine'

A pass-along from Ricki during the last blogger's plant swap.

I'll put a wrap on things with a small Begonia luxurians bloom. Another gift from a blogging friend (Peter) I am thrilled that I've managed to keep this one alive over the winter months. It's about time to start working things back outdoors. In fact I'm starting today, yay! For more bloomday fun visit May Dream's Gardens.

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