Besides the people watching (which there was plenty of, and would be a great topic for a whole new blog) this was a great opportunity to walk lots of streets that I usually only drive. Of course those of us on foot were a pain in the ass to the bikers who thought they owned the event, which made me just want to walk right down the center of the street. But since the great garden photos required me to be on the sidewalks (and occasionally in the yard or driveway) I didn’t get to irritate the number of bikers that I would have liked too. This Silk Tree, Albizia julibrissin is just around the corner from a street I frequently drive, however I never noticed it. Beautiful…but messy.
I believe this is a Rose of Sharon, although I have never seen a flower quite like this one. Love the buds as they are opening.It was a great day to get out and walk around and snoop in the yards of my fellow NE Portlander's. If you live in Portland there is one more Sunday Parkways event planned for the year, on the 16th of August in Southeast Portland.
I should have got a better picture, but this is the gate I want to replace the chain link one we currently have (to keep Lila in)...you have to look really close, it's rusted metal in the center of the picture). I made a mental note of the location so I could go back and ask them about it (later when the husband isn’t with me and won’t be mortified at my doing so).
Poor little palm. Maybe they thought it would go summer dormant like the grass and come back when the fall rains do. Not so lucky I am afraid.
Ah…getting rid of sod the “right” way, a modified lasagna method of killing the sod and building up a planting medium.
We stopped at Wilshire Park and listened to a band. They were young and full of energy, keeping the crowd entertained.
Because I am tree dumb I can’t tell you what this tree is. But I love the pealing bark!
Do you think this homeowner is terrified of plants?
Don’t understand this method of pruning. They want to make it easier for cats when they climb the tree?
A collection for sure.
I would love to know how long it took them to make this fence and gate!
I am seeing this around town a lot. These yellow tubs were our paper recycling bins before the city decided to change it up to a huge metal/paper/everything but glass rolling bin. Guess they are being recycled now.
Stock tank planters are showing up everywhere these days. I’ve never seen this version before with the painted logo.
Interesting edging material…I would be afraid kids would need to play with them. Rolling them down the center of the street perhaps?