Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A visit to Rhone Street Gardens…


I feel a bit ridiculous; I’m attempting to show the beauty of my friend Scott’s garden through photos I’ve taken, after all this is a garden that’s regularly documented with Scott's superb photography skills on his own blog, Rhone Street Gardens! Still…I had to try; I always enjoy seeing my own garden through other blogger's eyes and perhaps Scott (and you all) might enjoy another vision of his garden.

There were a couple of plants in the garden which I wanted to grab and run with, this Pennisetum 'Vertigo' being one of them. Doesn't it just glow? Scott has a pair of these in metal containers....see, they would just fit right in my garden!

When I arrived the "party" was in his back garden, which is where I snapped this shot. You can't see it but there's a stock tank under that Sweet Potato Vine and Bamboo.

Heading back towards the front of the house we pass the (very cool!) shed that Scott and his partner Norm built last spring (I think, time flies).

One of the (for me) signature plants of Scott's garden Geranium 'Ann Folkard.'

Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eyes' and Crocosmia 'Orangeade'...lovely!

I need those orange flowers!

I got a photo with more foliage than flowers!

Actually I took several photos of this Amsonia hubrichtii, I'm kind of in love with it.

Look at the seed pods!

All around Portland right now you see tawny-colored dormant lawns. I like Scott's version of "Portland Gold" a lot better.

And I dare you to walk by and not touch this grass!

Scott planted up his hell-strips last spring and was smart to include a wooden edge to keep feet on the sidewalk and soil around the plants.

Sedum Sedum 'Matrona'

I remember how jealous I was when Scott bought these metal Allium spikes.

They do fit right in, offering a man-made counterpoint to the real thing.

Look at the serrated edges on this little Sanguisorbia 'Tanna,' it was a "left for dead" rescue Scott made from a discounted nursery table.

Tall Eutrochium (Joe Pye Weed)

And more decorative rusty metal!

I think these are the dark stems of Eutrochium 'Little Joe?'

Looking down the sidewalk, with it's edges softened by the beautiful plants.

One of Scott's many Persicaria.

Selinum wallichianum

I can't help it, I see Oxalis leaves and I think "weed!"...I know these are not (and they are quite lovely), but I'm programmed.

How beautiful is this combination? I've never liked the painted ferns, but here...it sings!

Adiantum aleuticum, Maidenhair Fern

Scott constructed the fabulously simple arbor which spans the entrance to his VERY FULL back garden (I realized too late this is the only shot I took of the back garden!)

He and Norm also built and stained this wonderful fence. I wish they'd come put up one in my back garden.

Some of the post are topped with these solar lights. How cool is that?

And finally THE PLANT in Scott's garden that just kills me, Clematis tibetana. Mine died, his obviously is very happy.

Look, he's got seeds! I wonder...? Nah, I'm not patient enough for that, I need to beg the good people at Cistus for another. Then I'll invite Scott over and have him tell me where I should plant it.

I hope you enjoyed this alternative view of Rhone Street Gardens, if Scott's blog isn't already among those you read you really should add it, I think you'll like his photography, writing, and style. Thanks for the tour Scott!

33 comments:

  1. Scott's garden is stunning! And it was in deed nice to see it from another perspective. I am always amazed when I see just how lush and just how many wonders are packed in there. It's quite remarkable.

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    1. You're right Louis...there are an amazing amount of wonderful plants tucked into a very small space!

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  2. Scott certainly has a superb garden and I do enjoy reading his blog regularly and admiring his superb photography. It's great to see photos of his garden though coming from a different perspective :)

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    1. I think "superb" sums it up well!

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  3. I think it's great you led us through Scott's garden as seen through your eye. You're welcome to visit and blog about MY garden any time, LOL.

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  4. I love Scott's blog. Just looking at his photography is wonderful. You documented it well,he is such a gifted gardener and I love his garden art and remember him and Norm building the shed and constructing the back garden!

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    1. And the fact that you read both my blog and Scott's is a testament to your eclectic tastes! After all Scott's and my gardens couldn't be more different!

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  5. I'm so glad you soldiered on with the photo-taking because I see so many great details in your photos that I missed. Like those metal allium spikes--how did I possibly miss them!

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    1. Oh they were kind of hidden, up near the stairs to the front porch. The plants all around them got tall and disguised them!

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  6. Thanks for these Loree.

    Scott has a lovely garden with lots of interesting plants.

    Over here in the UK Eutrochium is known as Eupatorium and I grew a couple last year and planted a few more this year. Whilst not entirely spiky or tropical I think they make an excellent statement in a contemporary garden and they look great at this time of year as they start to flower and the bees and butterflies love them.

    I also like the hardy Geranium. There are lots of varieties around which come in a variety of sizes and shades of blue, pink and white. Mine seem to have done very well this year.

    GIven that you have recommended Scott's blog I will go and check it out!

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    1. Uhm...Eutrochium/Eutrochium I may be the one that got that wrong!

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    2. I did a bit of googling earlier and it looks like Eupatorium is now called Eutrochium (at least in some parts of the world!).

      Good looking plants whatever they are called.

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  7. Oh man, I need that Clematis, too. Great photos!

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    1. Yes you do! I trust you were there earlier in the day? Jane and I were the last ones at the show.

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  8. What a treat, Loree, to visit Scott's garden! I am so jealous. I read his blog and just drool over his combinations and his photography. I loved that quick little partial view of the shed, it looks interesting. He's mentioned starting to build it, but I don't think he's ever done a blog post that focused on it. The fence is beautiful too. You did his garden justice, definitely!

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    1. Thank you Alison! And when you finally make that long awaited month long trip to Portland you'll definitely have to ring Scott!

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  9. I think that's a great idea. Scott can also see his garden from a different perspective. Beautiful lush garden. Love all the green going on there.

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    1. Aren't his neighbors lucky? To be able to look out on that?

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  10. You were so discreet with your picture taking that I am amazed at how thoroughly you have documented Scott's wonderful garden. Each new set of eyes adds layers to our appreciation.

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    1. I'm definitely adding "discreet" to my paparazzi resume!

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  11. A great job of photo documenting this fantastic garden. So many great plants. Is Pennisetum 'Vertigo' hardy there? It's one of my favorite annual grasses here

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    1. No, unfortunately it's not hardy here. I believe he has plans to overwinter it though.

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  12. I enjoyed your view of Scott's beautiful garden too. I love that shed and the fences and you've showed more of those things than Scott usually does.

    Beautiful plants and combinations are so much prettier than brown lawns.



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    1. Scott may have been waiting until the shed was completely finished to post about both it and the fence...gosh I hope I didn't spoil the surprise! (he'll never forgive me)...

      As for the brown lawns I just can't take any more! This whole city is golden...augh!

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  13. The the shed, the arbor and the fence! I'm going to show Michael the solar lights, I love their look! He's putting together some at the moment and these would go with them quite well.

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  14. Thanks again for coming over, Loree, it was so great having you visit! It's always interesting seeing what other people will take away from each other's gardens...as long as it isn't stolen plants ;-) Hahahaha!

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    1. Oh good so you haven't yet noticed the one that's missing?

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  15. Thanks for this tour! It really helped me sharpen my mental picture of Scott's amazing garden!

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    1. Glad to help! Next time you're down this way we'll have to do a drive by. Maybe Scott will even let you look around!

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    2. Lovely photo's of scott's garden's i really enjoyed it.

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  16. It's always a treat to see Scott's lovely garden. My takeaway image from your post is the maidenhair fern's wiry black stems against that white wall. Simple and beautiful.

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