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...


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'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...



Variegated Daphniphyllum.

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

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