Monday, July 6, 2015

A return to Floramagoria...

This is another garden that was open for the recent HPSO Study Weekend (and was also part of the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland). I was lured back by hints on Facebook that the owners had completed several new garden-projects before this opening. Plus Andrew had never seen it. We practically had to go check it out! We start in the front garden...

One, or maybe both, of these tables were here before, only I think they were in a slightly different location.

I believe this is new, and pretty fabulous...

Planted up boxes...

Are interspersed with places for tillandsias to rest.

I usually like to enter the back garden via the pathway on the other side of the house. However there was a line (!) to get in that way so we entered via the veggie garden. How nice to catch a glimpse of what I think is a new gate.

I should have counted their stock tanks, I wonder if they have as many as we do? Nah.

I always find myself wondering, is this a working tool shed or just for show (it's always so darn perfectly arranged)...

And then we rounded the corner. Oh my. That is a lot of people.

We inched our way closer to the center of the garden. There were things I wanted to be sure to show Andrew but we couldn't really get a great view of them as there were so many people! (and I'm not complaining, it was wonderful to see all the smiles)

And bromeliads! So many bromeliads...

Here's a peaceful corner. Perhaps because people were afraid to get to close to that creature?

The green side...

The blue side...

There are so many details to take in.

Is the low green wall keeping the spikes from hurting the people? Or the people from hurting the spikes?

Love this!

What a great way to fill the gap between the two walls.

And this! The metal shelving is new, I suppose to get the small containers off the wall? Or (as it would be in my garden) to double the available staging space?

The wall wasn't completely empty however...

Comfy people, taking it all in.

One last shot before we go. Man I love this garden!

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42 comments:

  1. crazy fabulous. I need it all...

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    1. You do! And remind me, have you made it there to see it in person yet?

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  2. I loved this garden too, the people not so much. Shuffling around it was like being in line for a ride at DisneyLand.

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    1. Yes, I believe that Andrew made the same comparison.

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  3. This garden really does combine fun and beauty very well, inspiring as always!

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  4. What a great garden! So inspirational! Used to shuffling around people living in south east England and working in London... Everyday horror for me. 😵

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  5. Another of my favorite Portland area gardens. The new projects are fab! Sorry about all of the people but thanks for once again sharing glimpses of this gem!

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  6. That metal geometric corner screen/tillandsia holder is so great -- love it! Not sure about the shelving to get the plants off the top of the wall though...

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    1. The shelving does match the seating around perimeter of the "blue pavilion" (visible in the 11th photo down from the top and the 2nd up from the bottom) so it works in the garden as a whole. I bet you'd like it in person.

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  7. Love that garden, so many great plants, hard landscaping and colour. The shelves and box screens are great, may have to borrow that idea.

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    1. It is the perfect balance between a true plant lovers garden and a design lovers space.

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  8. Floramaglorious!

    I see lots of changes, all to the better. Hard to believe that, but even better. Good grief, even their garden tools are beautiful!

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    1. I know right? But do they actually use them...that is the question...

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  9. I cannot get enough of this garden! Thanks for the great photo tour -- nice to see their new projects -- the whole space is so filled with ideas and a sense of humor. LOVE!

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    1. You're so welcome, glad you enjoyed it.

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  10. Unlike Alan, I think that shelving is brilliant. Now they can water those pots freely without mucking up the wall. These guys are always adding something new, but even if it remained static, I could visit this garden over and over...and over.

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  11. This garden is spectacular! I see there are many new things!! Perhaps you could tell me the name of the plant that looks like a thistle but has a daisy looking flower, in the picture of the agaves, cactus and aloes. It is next to a decorating spherical vase or something...
    Or maybe that flower is not from that plant?

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    1. I know exactly what plant you're asking about, we admired it in person (and yes the flower is on that plant). I don't know, but I'll ask!

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    2. Thank you very much!!

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    3. Did you see Denise's reply below? Berkheya purpurea, I meant to come back here and add the name but forgot!

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  12. You should visit that garden - and take photos - every time you have an opportunity. I love that wood screen with the tillandsias and the planting boxes. That's the kind of thing I need to screen our garden from the street - a future woodworking project for hubby maybe.

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    1. Oh that would be a lovely addition to your garden! This one is metal but I can see it being equally fab out of wood.

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  13. I can see why you love it... woah. Love all the rusty shelves and the corner piece with the tillandsias.

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  14. I love the metal shelving! Looks really fine. My husband claimed I had been there before with him, but I've never seen it.... gotta go now. Such creativity. Thanks so much Loree for this post!

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    1. You really do need to go. Maybe you were there in the early years? It's changed a lot.

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  15. I think Lisa is asking about Berkheya purpurea, which had that corner when I visited too. There was one metal bench in the pavilion in the same style as the new ones, so obviously same fabricator. Love them!

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    1. Thanks Denise! I wonder why it didn't grab my attention then like it did this time? Was it in flower?

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  16. I absolutely adore this garden, and many of the new details are to die for, the tillandsia screen and the bee gate, especially. Like Alan, I'm not quite sure about the grated shelving above the green wall (a little busy?), but I can see why they want to get the plants off the painted wall. I put a few pots on my new painted walls, and they do leave water stains. What I also love is the irreverence of the gardener. Those little kitschy touches, like the hen and chicks in the stock tank veggies and the monkey in the tillandsias, show that they don't take themselves too seriously, even in such an exquisitely tended garden. Just love it!

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    1. "they don't take themselves too seriously, even in such an exquisitely tended garden"...well put Pam!

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  17. I spotted a lot of new things, all of them wonderful. I can't tell you how many times I've thought of this garden since the Garden Bloggers Fling last year!

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    1. Maybe we can score a revisit when you return to Portland?

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  18. I especially love the containers, the spiky bed, the containers, the colors (that green!), the containers, the metal shelving... did I mention the containers? Clay, metal, glazed, all wonderful.I think the metal shelves are terrific. Beautiful garden!

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    1. But what about the containers? ;)

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  19. I love it! Especially all the bromeliads. I now have to get at least one Tillandsia xerographica. I don't know why I've been resisting.

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  20. Great photos and garden. Really beatiful

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  21. What a remarkable garden, but I believe you are onto something with that shed, it has to be for show.

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