Thursday, February 11, 2016

I'm taking you along on another walk...

Feeling a little stir-crazy and not wanting to let a dry morning go to waste, it was time to go for a stroll. Hoping for ID on this vine. I think it's a Trachelospermum?

Love the dark winter color.

This house has undergone a renovation, I love the wood accents, especially since they're in a place protected from wet.

The planter is pretty sweet too, but I see it's already staining the concrete.

The back fence has windows, too high to see in – but maybe there's a deck on the other side?

This is at the back of the property, nice trellis.

As I approached this small tree (?) I thought of the Keebler Elves (okay it's a stretch). What great form! (can anyone ID?)....

The leaves are nice too...

Then I saw the form was the result of some rather harsh pruning.

Then I noticed it's neighbor, the Arctostaphylos. I know this is not a natural shape!

Ugh. Why people!? WHY....

There was a happier vision across the street. Behold the silver oak, Quercus hypoleucoides. This is the first time I've really "seen" this tree. Maybe because this was a younger tree that I could actually walk up to and admire the leaves?

The silver undersides give it its common name...

*sigh*

It's just a wee thing...

The house it's growing in front of has some great details. The railing along the steps is rusted metal, which plays nicely with the wooden steps. I also appreciate the asymmetrical cut-out in the gate.

Wowa! The clash between old Portland housing and new. The new is actually on the street behind the old, this is the backside of it.

And the front. It almost looks like a retail building not a residential one.

This was one in a series of 3 attached homes. The others had glass doors.

Like the fence.

Not sure about the arbor, if that's even the right term?

Shiny bits at the top.

A classic.

This photo is more for me than you, unless of course you need to hide a view. This is exactly what I should have done to hide the ugly 2-tone garage behind us. Tall columns of rolled fencing used as a trellis.

Brilliant!

I wonder what's growing on them?

I wanted to take a photo of the ugly construction going up next door (why these were done, I'm thinking) but there were guys crawling all over it working away and I didn't think they'd appreciate posing for a portrait.

Moving along...this entire front and side yard was a disaster area, except for the little oasis of loveliness,

Finally I'll wrap this part of the walk with a stop by a front garden I originally wrote about on the plant lust blog. Those photos were taken in late summer, I thought I'd see what things look like in winter.
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Sexy Arctostaphylos look good no matter the season.

I am really quite thrilled at the number of Manzanita I discovered on this walk. People are planting them, and that's a very good thing.

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31 comments:

  1. Some great ideas in the neighborhood. The silverleaf oak and the house are nicely suited colorwise. It's going to get a bit crowded there but not for a while. Manzanitas are just incredible color and form in a garden.

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    1. Crowded? Interesting - I didn't see that...but then again my garden is the very definition of crowded.

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  2. Ignoring all the ugly bits, you found some very nice vignettes.

    Yeah for manzanitas! Of course that's from a guy who doesn't have a single one himself, LOL.

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    1. I have no clue! I need to find a good spot for one. I want the Ruth Bancroft clone.

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  3. oooh, i think I'm going to steal that rolled hogwire(?) fence view blocker idea! My neighbor built a treehouse on the property line (grrrr) and I planted bamboo, but it's taking sooo long to fill in. Anyway, i also like seeing the new developments in your area, even if they do look oddly like commercial buildings instead of fitting residential. 0__O

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you can use that idea Fifi!

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  4. Those sexy white grasses look good at the feet of the Manzanita...might be good at the edge of that stained concrete porch. Was this walk in your own neighborhood? Lots of pretty stuff to look at.

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    1. It started out here but most of these photos are between Alberta and Killingsworth on the other side of 33rd.

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  5. Thanks for the fun stroll. Love the wire fence column idea!

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  6. Yay for Arctos! Nice houses (some of them) and interesting trellis ideas....great walk!

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    1. Hmmm...have you planted any at the new homestead? I can't remember seeing any...

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  7. Some people just can't leave the pruners alone. In my mom's neighborhood (suburban Chicago) every shrub is pruned. Every single one.

    Those tower trellises need to be strongly anchored, as the vines get heavy later in the year. Great idea though!

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    1. I just don't understand the need to make shapes out of shrubs. Wait - I suppose I should qualify that statement. Pruning for topiary yes...YES! But just because you want a round blob...don't get it.

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  8. I wish we could buy manzanitas here! I would surely be adding them to my garden too :)

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    1. I wonder how they would do there? Interesting to think about.

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  9. What a lot of attractive fences and gates.

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  10. Your neighborhood stroll offers lots of interesting ideas, especially as I'm in the middle of thinking through privacy screen options myself. I hate to see the sterile new construction force-fit into the same area, though. There are all too many examples of that down my way.

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    1. I was amazed at all the construction I saw on this outing. There will be more in a second half...soon.

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  11. My Louis Edmunds might be my favorite plant.
    Jim N Tabor

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    1. That looks to be a good one. Is that what you think those are, in the last couple of photos?

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  12. Lovely, especially that oak leaf. I'm not sure I get the point of that arbor? But the shiny bits are nice.

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    1. There is a vine growing over it.

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  13. That new construction made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

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  14. That first street tree looks to be Quercus myrsinifolia. My most recent quest is for this tree, of course it's nowhere to be found in retail...
    -Julie

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    1. I should have updated this post as I finally took to FB to get an ID. It's such a cool plant!!! I will let you know if I happen upon any.

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  15. I think the Trachelospermum is perhaps T. asiaticum, but I am not sure.

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