Friday, August 26, 2016

August Favs...but wait, how is this the last Friday of August!!!???

So this is it, the last Friday in August. What the, really? Around these parts — and since we don't have kids (no "back to school")  September is still very much summer, so I'm not quite in panic mode yet...

As is my tradition for the last Friday of the month I'm gonna share a few favorites. Funny most of these are in the shady parts of the garden. Ya, it's been hot here the last couple of weeks (finally). First we're taking a look at that small variegated Farfugium...

I love it! Picked up at Cistus Nursery recently, here it is still at the nursery — or rather I think that was a couple of plants  when I was holding the beauty contest to see which one got to come home with me...

The Cistus description: "Farfugium japonicum 'Argenteum — an evergreen form in cultivation for many years though never common, this slow grower for dappled shade and moist soil produces 6-8" delicately rounded leaves streaked dark green and white. Great plant for containers or to add brightness to a shade spot. Frost hardy and evergreen to mid USDA zone 8; regrows in spring with mulch in zone 7."

I don't really feel like "streaked dark green and white" convays the magic happening on those leaves. The Joy Creek Nursery description does a little bit better job: "The 10-inch cupped leaves of Farfugium japonicum 'Argenteum' are very thick and have irregular cream white margins and some blue green streaks in their centers. Their undersides and the surfaces of young leaves are coated in fine hairs. The purple stems are woolly. Yellow daisy-like flowers late in the season." Ugh! Those damn yellow "daisy-like" flowers!!!

It's in a container still because I'm scheming on a new planting area which I'll probably do in the fall. That Ligularia to it's left will be part of it too. Moving on to the next "fav" see that dramatically variegated Aspidistra at the bottom of this shot?...

It was a gift from the Outlaw a last year and I couldn't decide where exactly to plant it, thus it's living in a container too. I'm hopeful it can be a part of the future shade planting alluded to above.

Aspidistra elatior 'Variegata' is hardy in USDA Zones 7-10, wants part sun to shade (mine is in bright shade) and even moisture. It should get those strange ground level flowers someday.

Next I want to talk about that purple business, in the green hanging planter. I think it might go by the name Tradescantia zebrina var. purpusii?

I bought it in a 4" pot simply labeled "annual"...it's one of those "grandma" plants that I used to run from, but this year looked at with fresh eyes. I needed something that would contrast with the odd green of the ceramic pot and not mind being in the shade.

Although the sun does hit the leaves every so often and really light them up — the back sides even sparkle.

And for only $1.99 it's performed marvelously! (and it's grown A LOT) Heck I might even take cuttings and call it a houseplant over the winter, we shall see.

Next up is another gift from Peter (aka the Outlaw) Strobilanthes gossypinus...

I first saw this plant at the NWFG Show last February and immediately had a bad case of plant lust. I never expected it to be fulfilled so soon! Peter was kind enough to grab one for me at a spring plant sale where Dan Hinkly's Windcliff Plants were for sale. Dan's description: "Sensational evergreen species from South Africa is sadly only appropriate for container culture in our region, but long lived and easy to overwinter in a cool, bright location.  Spidery webbed leaves in tones of mercury possess a near iridescent like quality in the waning light of evening.  Full sun and even moisture"

I think it partners very nicely with the Rhododendron pachysanthum I recently purchased from Gossler Farms nursery.

One more "fav" to talk about...Aeschynomene fluitans (Giant Sensitive Fern).

Early in the spring I started to get another bad case of red algae bloom in the stock tank and purchased several water hyacinth to help combat the problem. They did a great job put I never have really like the look of them so finally gathered them all up and tossed 'em a few weeks ago. I was yearning for another of the Giant Sensitive Fern (last year was my first year growing it, but it died over the winter) and was lucky enough to score one at Portland Nursery on Division St.

The foliage on it's long ropey arms is what I love about this plant...

Eventually yellow pea-like flowers will bloom and black pods might follow. Plus it's a very fast grower. Both good things...

So those are a few of the plants I'm loving in my August garden, what about you???

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wind Dancer revisit

When I signed up for the Salem Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend (held in June) I thought I'd be seeing all new-to-me gardens, so I was pleased when I noticed the garden of Carolyn and Larry Kolb on the program. After all it's always fun to revisit a great garden and see how things have gown and changed.

That first visit (covered here) was in May of 2013, back then we just pulled up and parked in the driveway. This time however I was seeing the garden on the same day as several hundred other people, so I parked just down the street and thus entered from a different side. All the better to notice the chicken coop and its plantings.

"Hens and chicks" (Sempervivum) along with various Sedums...

I was surprised to see this shady (cool) table unoccupied.

Ah the spikes! I was hoping they'd still be here.

Such a pristine collection.

And towering above them all a beautiful tree (which I believe is Robinia Pseudoacacia ‘Twisty Baby’)...

The area that had been dedicated to selling grasses (Carolyn used to run Wind Dancer, a grass nursery, from her home) is now filled with chairs and tables. Many were full of relaxing tour-goers, I didn't want to intrude by sticking a camera in their faces, thus I'll show the empty chairs...

This must be where all those lovely spikes spend their winter vacation.

Carolyn and Larry have lived here for 17 years and built up this beautiful garden from an empty lawn-filled lot with just a few Fir and Aspen trees.

The Koi pond is located right off the back of the house, perfect for enjoying while drinking your morning coffee (we should all be so lucky).

This is an idea I'll be stealing. See the water lettuce in a floating metal dish? Love it! I have a few small pieces of Salvinia minima, which get kind of lost in my stock tank with the other plants. This would be a way to keep them together and highlight them...

Moving on...

See the "ocean wave" made of grasses?

Sexy succulents.

I love these Bromeliad and Clematis features flanking the garage, what a treat to see as you come and go from home.

There is so much to see in this garden!

Including wildlife.

But all good things must come to an end. Here I'm making my way back towards my car.

Thankfully there's a lot to look at on the way...

I've only shared three of the many gardens we visited during the weekend's activities. Oh so many more to come!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Vignette; poison much?

Headed home from an afternoon dog walk and this scene greeted me just across the street. Granulated weed killer dotted liberally across the landscape...

It's repeated throughout the year, such a throw-back to earlier times. Times I'm glad most (hopefully?) have left behind.

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