It's become an annual tradition, one I rely on immensely from year to year. Being able to look back over photos of my garden and get a comprehensive snapshot of each summer - it's priceless. I am a little late with this year's post, I usually do the tour in August. I did take these photos then, on the 14th and 15th, the day before and the day of the Green on Green tour. It just took me a month and a half to get around to posting them...
We start at the front garden, as though you've just arrived.
And move slowly along the public sidewalk.
Taking special note of an agave or two along the way (Agave parryi 'JC Raulston').
Just for a moment we step off the sidewalk and onto the street, a necessary danger to get a good overall shot.
Another 'JC Raulston' - cause they're so good!
Hesperaloe parviflora 'Yellow'
Echium wildpretii, not reliably hardy here in Portland but if they survive this winter I should have 4 or 5 towering bloom spikes next summer.
Whiplash! The sky was cloudy and now it's blue...as I mentioned I took these photos over a couple of days. You're going to experience a few changes of light. So how about that Tetrapanax? Damn they make me happy.
As does this planting next to the front door.
Those Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue' were pretty much the same size when they were planted. One of them is obviously taking it's vitamins.
This Callistemon ‘Woodlander's Hardy Red’ erupted in a new flush of blooms the day of the tour, wasn't that nice of it?
It's impossible to appreciate how big this Dasylirion wheeleri is from this picture. I am so thankful that it's positioned right in front of our door, so I see it often.
Looking back towards the plantings we just walked by...
And we head up the driveway towards...
The veggie garden. This year's Sun Gold tomato was insane. Truely out of control...and I loved it.
It was also a wonderful year for the basil, we ate it almost every night. Sadly I got tired of the Mina lobata (and the tomato it was smothering) before it bloomed. I pulled it out never having seen a single flower. I love the foliage though and I'm glad to have grown it. Tomorrow I'll take you into the back garden...
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