Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Flower house

Another of the many black and white photos Andrew has collected for me...

I wonder, is the photo one of those "mistakes" that occurred when you didn't advance the film all the way before snapping the next shot? (yes, I'm old enough to remember having done that) Or is it simply a trick of the light and reflection?

Written on the back...

So of course I decided to look up those words and learn more. I was surprised to discover there are actually two possibilities for where this photo was taken. The Ed Lycan Conservatory at the historic Will Rogers Gardens, or the Crystal Bridge Conservatory at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

The jewel of the Gardens is the Ed Lycan Conservatory, a glass-enclosed Lord & Burnham greenhouse inspired by 19th-century Victorian architecture. The greenhouse was first installed inside Douglass Park near NE 10th and Eastern Avenue in 1924, on what were the grounds of the original State Fair park. It was moved to the Will Rogers Gardens in 1936, and later named after Ed Lycan, the Parks Department's first employee.

For many years, the Conservatory served as a popular venue for flower shows and gardening exhibitions. A 2013 renovation project revitalized the historic structure, and the Conservatory now houses one of the state's largest permanent collections of cactii and succulents. It is also available as an event hall for weddings and other celebrations.

The centerpiece of the 15-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens is the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, home to thousands of beautifully displayed tropical and desert plantings. Within the 13,000 square feet, you will discover 750 varieties of plants, a cascading waterfall and a sky bridge to experience stunning views into the tropical forest.

Its unique design has earned attention and praise in the architectural community. It is 224 feet long, 70 feet in diameter, and is covered by 3,028 sections of translucent, double-layered acrylic panels. The Conservatory includes 13,000 square feet of the plant display area in two distinct climates: the Tropical Wet Zone, which is at the south end and is watered daily; and the Tropical Dry Zone at the north end which receives water from April through September, followed by drought from November through March. Some 750 varieties of plants and multiple waterfalls cascading from a total of 35 feet round out the spectacular features of the Conservatory. 

How is it that Oklahoma City, with a metro area population of roughly half that of the Portland metro area has two conservatories and we have none? Just doesn't seem right...

Weather Diary, July 13: Hi 80, Low 54/ Precip 0 

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Greg Tyler's NE Portland garden...agaves galore!

Last week I shared photos of Ryan Wilson's garden, it was part of a tour of private gardens I took part in last August. Today we'll visit Greg Tyler's garden in NE Portland, the second stop on our tour. Greg's garden is just a mile and a half from mine, but I'd never seen it. I guess I just never turned down the right street...

Agave parrasana


I adore teddy bear sunflowers...I must remember to grow them in one of my driveway stock tanks next year. Or maybe even ask a neighbor if I could take over their hellstrip?

I wish I could share the name of this gorgeous arctostaphylos, isn't it hot? 

But there are many more agaves and isn't that what's really important?

I believe this is Agave montana, with a Yucca rostrata friend.

It's also flawless...

Agave sharksin

Such a superb coloration.

I'm slightly stumped by this one, some 11 months after my visit. I want to call it Agave parryi but I dunno...

Here I'm standing in the street looking at the extra wide hellstrip and across the sidewalk into the garden proper.

Agave xylonacantha? But that's not hardy here in Zone 8...

So many agaves! And they all look so happy...

Argyle flashbacks!

I really need to add this Phlomis 'Sunningdale Gold' to my garden, I've been head-over-heels in love with it since I first saw it at Argyle Winery on a hot September afternoon.

Agave ovatifolia

I think that's a pair of nicely limbed up Pieris japonica? And a sexy big-leaf rhododendron to go with.

Schefflera delavayi

I didn't manage to get a shot of the outside of the greenhouse, it seems I was super focused on the contents of the greenhouse. Imagine that.

Back outside and heading around the back of the house...

Wait what!?? A Magnolia macrophylla in a cage? Turns out there are birds in there, hence the wire. That tree is gonna have to escape sometime soon though. It's hard to believe but our Clifford the magnolia looked exactly like this once upon a time.

Now we're back out on the side and front of the house.

I want to call these guys Cyphostemma juttae, aka wild grape, which is a bit of a misnomer because while the fruit looks like grapes, it's not edible and contains toxic levels of tannic acids (and I'm not sure that's what they are anyway!).


Some type of cycad.

The built-in brick planter by the front door is filled with an Agave parryi... 

Maihuenia poeppigii

And an unknown opuntia.

Finally, I have no idea where in the garden this scrumptious lupine foliage was exactly, but hey, since I took a photo of it, why not include it? It's so beautiful...

Weather Diary, July 12: Hi 77, Low 59/ Precip 0 

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Another trashcan lid, another project...

Standing on the patio, looking towards the shady corner and the back of the garage, it occurred to me that I needed something of interest adding height. Look at that expanse of emptiness and brown siding... plants are obviously needed!

The fence behind the shade pavilion has plenty of plant interest...

So I got to thinking, and scheming. The answer definitely included another* trashcan lid, but this one needed to hang, and not horizontally like you saw in yesterday's post, but vertically, against the garage. Luckily I happened to have one on hand, ready to go! (picked up last summer for just $1)...

*another = because there are two already there, perched on top of a pair of galvanized cylinders planted up with bromeliads (photo above). 

Once I decided I wanted to use a trashcan lid I grabbed an old 3-pronged hanging pot thingamajig. I wrapped the three pieces of metal wire around the lid's handle and Andrew added a piece of wood behind the lid to keep everything sold and flat—that's what the two screws go into—so the lid wouldn't tilt forward when hung...

Then came the fun of planting it up! I'd saved this arctostaphylos branch thinking it was destined for something like this...

... I made a couple of small holes to wire the branch into place. That way everything else (the plants) could just tuck in around the branch.

I started tucking...

I'm not thrilled with how the bottom part of the branch disappears, but then again, it's doing the job of keeping the plants, soil, and moss in place.

Done and getting watered in...

Well almost done. I took advantage of a recent sale on the Bird Rock Tropical's website (hey my birthday is coming up... I kinda had to) and there's a Portea nana on it's way which will be tucked in above the Dichondra argentea

Here's the whole thing in place... I love it.

Will I be able to stop at just one? Probably...maybe...(we'll see...).

Weather Diary, July 9: Hi 78, Low 58/ Precip 0 

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

On Instagram? You should be following @planty_magoo

Are you on Instagram? If the answer is no, why the heck not? It's a fabulous place for gathering inspiration and learning about new plants. I resisted for a long while, but since jumping in several years ago absolutely love it. Today I want to recommend that if you are on Instagram, you should follow my friend Max Cannon, aka @plantymagoo. Why? Because you'll see creative ideas like this fan-cage repurposed as a hanging planter...

Or perhaps this is more your style? 

Yep, that's a trashcan lid! Max credited me for this one but I say he was being overly generous. I've used lids as planters placed on top of various pillars and supports, but never hanging like this, that was all his idea...and isn't it fantastic?

You'll also see all sorts of jealousy-inspiring garden photography—Max and his husband Justin garden in the mild East Bay area of California and they have great plant taste too...

Finally, if you're a hummingbird lover you'll really appreciate all the stellar photos of these cute little guys that show up on his page.

Get on over there and follow @plantymagoo already!

Weather Diary, July 8: Hi 74, Low 59/ Precip 0 

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