Monday, March 19, 2012
Welcome back to my Mediterranean Villa…
I suppose I must confess it’s not really “mine,” since I’ve now met the actual owners, or at least one of them. After my last post about this most amazing Portland garden, my plant lust co-conspirator Patricia stocked the garden until she was able to cross paths with the owners. She mentioned my blog, eventually emails were exchanged and last week an actual in-person visit was made. Luckily I was given the ok to take more pictures!
We started our tour in the dramatic pool courtyard. Naturally since it is only mid March the pool was still covered for the season, but we heard stories of their dog taking an impromptu dip in the summer time. Lucky dog!
And the view!
Cistus”…like this Magnolia laevifolia.
This one died back in an Arctic blast a few years ago (think snow and below freezing temperatures for a week). But look at it now!
Finally from above I glimpse the star of the show, what must be the biggest Agave in Portland…
Poncirus trifoliata, I believe 'Flying Dragon'…
I stopped to admire the Sedum, Opuntia and Black Mondo but as my eyes focused I saw the spiky guy just beyond.
Sorry I can’t share a name, but this is pretty spectacular no?
Finally we reach the big guy! He recently had a little arm removal surgery. Something about not wanting to poke out the eyes of visitors…
As we stood there drooling over this behemoth trying to figure out which Agave it is (any guesses?) our attention was drawn to the pups growing all around the base as John said when he gets in there and removes the pups he’ll be happy to give us each one. I don’t know about Patricia but I had to concentrate on remaining calm. I wanted to jump up and down and scream “YES!”, I think I managed to simply say “Thank you, that would be great”… while trying not to look too eager.
And another gorgeous Agave.
I couldn’t help myself, I just kept snapping pictures. They were SO striking!
The rocks were covered with interesting Lichen, Sedum, and Sempervivum, so beautiful.
As we climbed back up to the top of the garden I kept reminding myself this is only March, so many things would be changing over the next few months. What is gorgeous now must take on an entirely different feeling in May, and then July and August. What a wonderful and personal garden has been created here. Once again I am so fortunate to be invited in, thank you so much John for your hospitality, you and Dennis have created a treasure!