Last Thursday was gorgeous here in Portland…sunny skies and a warm (in the sun) 60 degrees. Naturally this called for a long afternoon walk, and I wasn’t the only one that felt that way, I saw more people out on the sidewalks than I had in months!
I thought this was a great inexpensive way to protect your (small) tender plants. They simply cut the bottom out of a black plastic pot (who doesn’t have plenty of those), set the pot over the plant and then stuffed it full of leaves. While it’s not the most attractive thing it also is relatively inoffensive. I have always wondered what the story is with this house. Why would you place your home so far back from the street? There is no backyard, everything is out front. Just a big ole unused patch of lawn.
This house however has always been a favorite, small but so cute in a “cottage-y” way. Something here is not like the others… Another one of the things I covet as I walk around the neighborhood. The Airstream? Yes. But also the cement blocks! You just don’t find great geometric shapes like that anymore. Someone who loves ornamental grasses lives here! I counted 6 different types, and there were multiples of each. I call this one “buzz cut with tuna cans” Eventually I ended up here, a garden many of you will recognize from past visits. There have been a lot of changes in the garden…new plants, more rocks…and as always I’m loving it. Of course there is plenty of spiky danger, like this Cylindropuntia just inches from the sidewalk... Agaves And spiky pointy bits… Oh pointy! That reminds me to tell you about the makelike design Pointy Poster! Isn’t it fabulous? The person behind this spiky garden is also one of the creative individuals at makelike design, the company behind this limited edition “pointy” poster available from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Company. You can see the corner of the poster in the upper right hand corner of this shot... (Yes that’s a strategically placed link designed get you to check out the new Schoolhouse website, why? Because my husband is the Operations Manager at Schoolhouse and I’m very proud of him, and excited about what they’re up to) Walking on…such a happy Lewisia! And big red berries. This neighbor has the happiest Euphorbia rigida in town. I’ll be watching and if these live through the winter I’ll be ready to try them again next year. It just breaks my heart that my plant died. Same neighbors lovely succulents. I must have walked by these dusty blue/silver leaves countless times but never noticed them until today. Poncirus trifoliata I love this concrete block house and think it’s wonderful that it’s managed to escape the paintbrush since it was built in 1949. I’ve never actually seen them in the act of trimming their Horsetail Rush but they must do it quite often. It doesn’t naturally grow in such a flat even way… Back home I take a peek in the back garden…I mowed the lawn yesterday, maybe for the last time this year? And the patio looks so empty without all the containers…it’s probably time to put the wooden furniture under cover too, not many more 60 degree sunny days left this year.