Friday, November 16, 2018

The garden of Donna Fowler, from the 2018 GB Fling...

On day 2 of the Austin GB Fling both buses converged on the garden of Donna Fowler for lunch. You know a garden is large when it can host 90-ish people who all spread out and find a spot to sit down and eat.

From our Fling paperwork: "My garden is about carving out my own little piece of heaven on earth by filling it with beautiful plants, so many of which are edible or useful for medicinal purposes. It's also a natural habitat for all kinds of critters and pollinators. The garden is full of art and sculpture of all sorts. To me a garden should be a place where you can relax, think, entertain, and have interesting encounters. I do my best to grow Texas plants and plants that are adapted to central Texas. Sometimes temptation overpowers me, and plant something that needs extra attention." The garden dates to around 2005.

A quick glance at this photo and I had no problem identifying a few of the pictured Flingers, left to right: wearing the visor is Shirley of Rock, Oak, Deer; in the white shirt is Denise of A Growing Obsession; wearing a straw hat with black ribbon is Pam of Digging; Pam is chatting with Kelly; in the blue jacket is Beth of Plant Postings; and taking a photo on the far right is Jane, the Mulchmaid.

This structure was crazy-cool.

Lorene (editor of PacHort) is about to enter...

And now it's my turn...I wonder what it looks like in the winter when it's bare?

As Donna said in her garden intro there is a lot (A LOT) of art in this garden. Much of it glass and/or metal. It was a bit much for me, but I photographed quite a bit of it. Wait, quite a bit? No. A small fraction.

The plants seemed to take a back seat to the art and garden structure.

But there were a few stand-outs, like this patch of Hesperaloe.

I want a three-branched Yucca!
What an interesting interplay of glass and metal framework.

Oh so very green...

This photo confused me, such is the problem with waiting 6 months to look at your photos. At first I thought "are those ceramic flowers?"...then I thought "the tops of persimmon fruit?" (in May, in Austin?)....

I'm still not sure.

Is Graptopetalum hardy in Austin?

Ah yes! This is the garden where I discovered Callisia fragrans.

I did really like this piece made from plough discs and other rusty metal bits.

Lots of garden art...

Graptopetalum must hardy in Austin...

This garden had a lot of hippos, I think it was a tie-in with a local school? This/these (one is submerged) are the only ones I managed to photograph.

I do remember taking this photo. I was standing in the baking sun with several other ladies in line to use the restroom. The garden owners were kind to let us use it, but waiting was miserable.

Finally, our Portland-bloggers "group photo" happened here, Portlanders represent! But where are our men? Left to right are Tamara/Chickadee Gardens, moi, Jennifer/The Rainy Day Garden, Alyse Lansing/Garden Inspiration Blog, Ann/Amateur Bot-Ann-Ist, Darcy/E-Garden-Go, Jane/Mulchmaid, and Heather/Just a Girl with a Hammer. Did I mention this garden is where I got my first ever fire-ant bite?

Weather Diary, Nov 15: Hi 56, Low 43/ Precip 0

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bloomday, November 2018

Oh November, you were cruising along all dreamy and then...bam! That harsh east-wind kicked up and things got cold. Not that the garden has had a freeze, which is nice, but it hurts to be outside. I bundled up, grabbed the camera, and recorded what's in bloom. These two Abutilon: A. Nuabyell...

And A. Nuabytang have been going for months now.

As has Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'

Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths' is budding up.

Begonia 'Jurassic Silver Point' is in the basement for the winter, mainly to protect the ceramic container from freezing but if the plant lives too, well that's a bonus. The flowers, I do not like them.

Nor do I like the flowers of Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery' — with foliage like that who wants flowers?

We've been pretty dry this fall, which allows the puffy Clematis tibetana var. vernayi seed heads to keep on looking fresh.

Seemingly overnight the Fatsia japonica are in flower.

Normally they're covered in buzzing creatures, I think the wind was keeping them away during this photo shoot.

The variegated version is also in fluffy bloom.

I bought this one as Fatsia japonica 'Camouflage' but it's non Monrovia name is Fatsia japonica ‘Murakumo Nishiki’...

Grevillea miqueliana is covered in buds, many of them starting to open.

And there are lots of flowers on the Eriobotrya japonica (loquat) this year.

Mahonia x media 'Charity' is said to reach 10 to 15-ft tall, mine's nearing 10-ft, maybe a little more.

Luckily there are still a couple shorter branches so I can see the flowers.


The Rosemary blooms never disappoint.

And of course I have to record the race of the Tetrapanax flowers (to open before a freeze). They're ahead of where they were last year on November's Bloomday.

Finally, speaking of racing a freeze, my volunteer tomato is still blooming, but the fruit is held in green limbo. I'm leaving it to see just how late in the year it can last, although I've given up hope of any fruit ripening.

As always visit May Dreams Gardens for links to all the bloggers posting for Bloomday.

Weather Diary, Nov 14: Hi 53, Low 37/ Precip .03"

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday Vignette: What are you doing here? This is my greenhouse!

Last week I received an email from Camille, a friend up in Washington that I met via Peter and Alison (Alison wrote about her garden here). Camille included a few Agave photos with her email and I thought this one was so fabulous I asked her permission to share it. That's Momma Cat, who became rather used to having the entire, warm, greenhouse all to herself, catnaps whenever and wherever she pleased. Momma Cat was rather dismayed when another, not so friendly, resident appeared in the greenhouse recently. Hopefully there's room for both of them to enjoy the warm, dry space...

Weather Diary, Nov 13: Hi 47, Low 38/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A long weekend in Newport, Oregon


It's been close to two years since Andrew and I visited the beach, pretty sad considering we're only a couple of hours away. We finally made it out last weekend, arriving at Nye Beach on Thursday evening to enjoy the view above from our hotel, and the one below on Friday morning when we trekked down to the beach.

Andrew had fun with sea creatures...

This little crustacean was still alive, we got it back into the water.

But not before taking a close-up.

November 9th and I was walking on the beach with just jeans, a t-shirt and light jacket, the wind was almost non-existent and it was warm.

Back when we booked a November weekend away we figured we'd be holed up in the hotel, watching storms from our picture window.

That would have been nice too, but I preferred this version.

The textures in the sand were mesmerizing.

Walking on the beach in Oregon is so much more peaceful than in my home state of Washington, there they allow cars to drive on parts of the beach, something I've never understood. These tracks were from bicycles and other pedal-powered transport, some with really big tires.

This conifer outside our hotel was so fluffy it looked like you could hug it. I did not.

The hebes were blooming away like it was still summer.

Later that afternoon we made our way over to Yaquina Bay for lunch at Mo's (an Oregon tradition) and a walk along Bay Blvd, where I spotted this cute little greenhouse.

With no plants in it!

There were signs for a Deco District elsewhere in Newport but this stair-railing was a nice deco-touch.

We didn't buy crab from any fishermen (is it even crab season?) but there were two huge crab legs emerging from the cioppino I had for lunch.

The bay bridge...

Andrew tried to talk me into visiting the Undersea Gardens but it looked a little past it's prime.
Besides, there are diver-eating octopus down there!

Instead we saved our $30 and watched Sea Lion entertainment for a good 30 minutes.

They mostly napped...

But every few minutes one of them would need to spout off about something and someone else had to add their ten-cents...


Saturday we headed south about 25 miles to Yachats. I'd hoped to maybe catch Andreea, the owner of the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve, at home and get a tour, but our schedules didn't quite mesh. Instead Andrew and I walked the public trail next to the garden (pictures from that will be a separate post), and followed the trail (they've got quite a network in Yachats) along the coastline for a bit...

Such a different feel from the sandy beach in front of our hotel.

Oh those people who can't stop stacking rocks!

Interesting to see the layers of soil and sediment.

And rock-holes...

Heading back up to our home base at Nye Beach we spotted an Agave along Highway 101.

Very unexpected!

Andrew called it an Agave americana, but those teeth aren't right for an A. americana, at least in my experience. Any guesses?

We made it back to the hotel in time to head down to the beach for a sunset stroll. We were puzzled by what those four shapes were on the left, in the photo below, until we got closer and could see they were big buckets of flowers. There had been people, and dogs, gathered around them moments earlier, and now they'd all fanned out as you see them here.

When we got even closer we could see they were tossing the flowers out into the tide and it had the unmistakable feel of a memorial, made all the more poignant by the recent shooting in California and the fires and loss of homes, animals and life there. Life is so fragile and precious.

We strolled on to a grouping of rocks in the distance, and there were sea anemones! I love sea anemones.

The light was so low, I only managed to get a couple of halfway decent photos. We vowed to not let two years pass before we visit the beach again, there is so much to explore in this state we call home.

Weather Diary, Nov 12: Hi 51, Low 41/ Precip 0

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