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.
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!