Last Saturday evening found us at McMenamins Edgefield, in Troutdale, Oregon. It’s about 20 minutes from downtown Portland; yet I’ve only been there once before, for a summer concert on the lawn. There was no time to explore the grounds then, and with daylight fading fast I only had a few minutes to explore this time. Let’s pretend the dusky lighting was intentional, to enhance the mood. Careful….dangerous plants ahead!
This Castor Bean seals the deal for me. I simply must grow this plant next year. Grace has been tempting me, with the pictures she’s got on her blog, and standing here looking at this beauty, gotta do it. As a nod to its evil reputation it will go in a stock tank, out of reach from curious dogs. The squirrels and raccoons are on there own.
This white Cleome has me planning to include more white blossoms in the garden next year. The way they reflect any available light is just beautiful. Huge Gunnera! Husband included for scale, he’s 6”2.
Gunnera bloom… I needed to see this Sambucus to remind me just how big they get, note to self…look at this picture before you pull that plant out of the container and put it in the ground!
Seeing a sign like this makes me wonder what incident caused its creation. Something unfortunate for sure. It’s always surprising to see a relative of our Clifford out and about in the world. So tall…our baby is going to get tall! I appreciate the open branching, hopefully it will still allow for sun on our patio when Clifford is this tall.
With the frequency that I seem to post about McMenamins I should issue a disclaimer. They aren’t paying me, at least not directly. They are long time clients of the firm I work for, Ankrom Mosian Architects. I don’t actually work with them myself, but I hear fabulous things from those that do and they have my never-ending praise for their attention to the gardens. Why spend your hard earned money at a restaurant with bark mulched covered planting beds with a couple of sickly shrubs planted amongst the weeds when you can support horticultural fun?