Since I took the plunge a while back and bought a Loquat at Cistus Nursery I’ve been noticing them all around town. Too many to be a fluke, I guess they really are hardy here. This one is outside the Delta Café in Sellwood (a neighborhood in SE Portland). There is a pair in the front courtyard at the Kennedy School Restaurant in NE Portland. And one in the garden of a neighbor of mine… The one outside the Chinese Garden is large. There is one at Joy Creek Nursery in their display garden which I almost walked right by without noticing. It shows a few signs of not being thrilled with last winter’s treatment (it gets colder out in Scappoose than in Portland proper). And this one at Marbott’s Nursery in NE Portland could be yours! This last one comes via Scott of Rhone Street Gardens. He’d mentioned that there was a huge Loquat growing near his home in SE Portland (I think there is a house back there?). I asked him to send me a picture. He obliged with a whole set! . Look at the trunk! There’s a story in there. I love the color of the new leaves against the old. As for my Loquat, it’s in limbo. You see it’s destined to be planted against the back of our house, which is currently in the process of being prepped for painting. So it waits. But this reminds me that I should mention my “new projects”: I’ll be replanting/reworking both the “back of the house” planting bed and the “next to the garage” bed. Such is the case when you hire someone to paint your house, in May. Yes we wimped out, our DIY project morphed into a “we pay you to do it” project.
Many things were dug…to give the painter space to work. Don’t get me wrong…he hasn’t got it easy but I removed big things like the 3 ft tall Solomon’s seal that was hugging the garage. And the Syneilesis which had no means to support itself when the tarps were laid down. I couldn’t bear to see this plant trampled. These tender shoots looked deader than dead for a couple of days after I dug them. But they’ve responded to water and are giving me cautious hope that they’ll make it. Luckily I had recently read that the Veratrum would not respond well to digging. So I used a tomato cage to protect it (because lord knows it will be awhile before I’m planting tomatoes!) and to secure the fronds of a nearly fern. Lots of things are in a holding pattern. I’m not sure if this is more painful for me, or for them. And naturally now that I’ve started to dig I’m now questioning other things like the Hydrangea and the Hakonechloa? Should they stay or go?
If this was a housing remodel project I might be accused of “scope creep.” All I can do is hope the painter moves fast, and doesn’t damage things left in place. I'll just focus on getting to plant the Loquat and hope that everything settles soon.