Members of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon have had an abundance of amazing open gardens to visit the last couple of weeks and I’ve got the pictures to prove it! I’ll start things off with a revisit to my friend JJ’s garden which I first posted pictures of last August.
Besides the fact that she’s changed things up considerably over the year (new plants!), with the larger photo format you can see all the cool stuff you couldn't see in the small photos last year!
We’ve started our visit in the cool and shady front garden where I was immediately greeted by this friendly kitty…
There are amazingly good old bones to this space, like the brick built in seat above, and this old sundial.
Her garden is filled with great lighting too, some you see and some you don’t.
There are also an amazing number of seating options, this table just one of them.
Here’s our friendly kitty again…and tell me, did you notice the palm in the earlier (5th) photo above? It’s the much loved Bismarckia nobilis, this one bought at Flora Grubb during our road-trip adventure last spring.
Not reliably hardy here in Portland I meant to ask her what plans she has for overwintering, but I forgot.
Now we’re heading around to the back garden where it’s SUNNY and hot…
After entering the gate (pictured above) you walk past a raised planting area on your left and climb a small set of metal stairs. At the top I turned and looked back down at this seating area.
Beside me at the top of the stairs…
On the other side…
And looking over at the raised planting area…
Stella coming to say hello, with Jacques not too far behind (on the far left of the photo).
The courtyard at the back of the house.
I mentioned in last year’s post that I thought JJ had more containers in her garden than I do in mine. However when she was over for dinner last week out of the blue she announced “you’ve got more containers than I do, you win”…and then laughed. I think she enjoyed knowing someone maybe even more obsessed than she is.
Love the shadow pattern the umbrella casts on the fence and lounge chairs…
Do you think she has a thing for orange?
She has is a pair of these tall pots, and they glow at night! I love that little snippet of metal screen on the right.
Finally I’ll end this post with the same chairs I ended last years with, when I visited back then she was busy putting a bright blue coat of paint over dirty orange. I was surprised she wasn’t going with orange, but she assured me these were to go in her shop (Digs PDX on Alberta) not in her garden. Uhm….
But as you can see they're orange once again and very much in her garden, funny how that worked out!