Up top you see a magnificent Magnolia (among other things), which one I'm not sure. Here's the seedy growth...
And here's the description from the tour brochure: "A 3-acre garden, nearly 40-years-old, is nestled amid farmland just north of Keizer, Oregon. Built around a personal home, the garden is bursting with an eclectic mix of plantings. Numerous wandering paths through the established trees, shrubs, and perennials offer the promise of new vistas around each turn. A lush oasis a mere half-mile west of I-5—yet you’d never guess what’s behind a screen of cedars and Portugal laurel: one of Oregon’s premier private gardens."
I have to admit I found that last phrase "one of Oregon’s premier private gardens" a bit boastful for my taste, but it did lure me in and I guess for that I should be thankful.
Damn, that's tempting. Don't they know how much I love to poke around greenhouses? Still, I got the feeling it was off-limits so I didn't enter.
Calycanthus I believe?
I love everything about this bird bath thingamajig, except for that astrolabe/sundial in the center. It doesn't belong.
Dense, over-planted. Yes...just the ticket.
There was even a tropical-esque section.
A wooden bridge — complete with seating — over a small creek.
I should be able to identify those heart-shaped and lobed leaves, but I can't. Anybody? (
Yes! Now that's "shabby chic" I can appreciate.
Ya know what? This garden just kept unfolding and unfolding and...
Oh hey, there's the house!
But where does this lead?...
I love this. Most bird bath tops (the basin) are lovely but the base tends to be way too fancy for my tastes. This is an excellent marriage.
Whadda ya know, the house again!
DAMN! I want those chairs. Can you even?
They rock, they have a drink holder, and they are oh so comfortable. Theft is bad though, right?
Well I didn't expect to see that! (the Yucca rostrata)
There was a big deck off the back of the house, at least it seemed big. It was covered in plants and pots and this and that. Delightful really.
See what I mean? Plants 5 deep!
Open, open, open!
What-the? Somehow it all made sense though. This garden was a little bit of this and a lot of that and a whole lot of fun to explore.
Now how do I find my way back to my car?...
Weather Diary, January 22: Hi 463, Low 36/ Precip .16
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