What gives….hungry vegetable thieves? A marauding dog? Snacking raccoons? Well they certainly aren’t taking any chances now are they?
Next door to the veggie Ft Knox is this Euphorbia dreamscape.And just across the street this. Knowing how these Euphorbia tend to self seed do you suppose the wind, or a bird, carried the seed across the street? Then the owners of the previously empty gravel strip just didn’t have the heart to rip out this brave pioneer in no-man’s land?
This packed parking strip belongs to a neighbor of mine. We recently found out that she is 82 years old. She doesn’t look, or act, a day over 65. Proof that gardening keeps you young!
Here and at the very top are the requested pictures of the other neighbor’s garden boxes. She has tomatoes, peas, spinach, tons of lettuce (we’ve already been gifted 2 big bowls!) a fig tree, onions and carrots in here – maybe more. The lettuce is under the protective fabric. The peas are starting to climb the bamboo U’s. Now that I'm posting I realize I really should have taken a close up. Duh. Sorry.
Some of you may notice that the sidewalk just abruptly ends; it’s the same on both sides of the street. I have no idea why this is. The same thing happens with the streets here in Portland. One moment you are driving along a perfectly normal paved street and the next minute it’s dirt and full of pot-holes. And I’m not talking about rural Portland, this happens in the inner east-side neighborhoods!
Ok, back on topic…this one we refer to as the project strip. I had huge hopes for this when it started, 3 or 4 years ago. Then nothing. Dunno.
A very study little box. Not a veggie in sight but lots of happy lilies, grass and euphorbia.
My parking strip. Kinda boring, just yucca and Japanese snow bells, one of the official Friends of Trees street trees here in Portland. The husband wanted to rip them out when we moved in but he’s grown to tolerate and maybe even them. I liked them simply because they already had a few years growth. Maturity won out in this case (the trees, not mine). The yucca were chosen because I don’t have to water them and they look good while being tough. We get a lot of soccer parking here on weekends (there is a park at the end of the street), the yucca bite back if someone gets too close!
Whoa. It was really hard to cut this one down to just 3 pictures. There is SO MUCH going on. I’m sure there must be a point to all the crazy things thrown in here but I can’t sort it out....
I’ve seen the owner out in her housecoat weeding in the early morning hours and I swear she had rollers in her hair, doesn’t it just figure? The front yard is more of the same. I’m just glad that I don’t have to look at this everyday. It would drive me insane.
These boxes are on a very busy street that heads into a ‘not so nice’ part of town. When they went up I was afraid I’d see them vandalized but so far not at all. I also keep expecting to see a vine growing on the cross pieces, or something that explains their purpose. Not yet. These boxes are always full of something blooming. I wonder if she digs the bulbs or just leaves them?
Lastly I had to snap a shot of this little parking strip forest. I wish my camera would have captured the deep deep blue of the California Lilac. I keep thinking I’ll plant one of these someday. They are just so electric when they bloom.
Well that’s the end of today’s tour. Hope you enjoyed! And if you are up for a little more reading here is a link to a story from our local newspaper, seems someone’s sidewalk planter boxes offended the neighbors and they turned them in.