If this home and garden look familiar it's because last September I shared photos taken my friend Louis. He'd gotten just a little lost in North Portland, but managed to hone in on a great garden.
My calls for help in identifying the garden mostly just led to more questions, that is until Julie was finally able to pinpoint the location. Five months later and I finally found myself driving by with a few minutes to stop, it was just as wonderful as I thought it would be.
I don't think this Agave montana could be more beautiful. It's just gorgeous.
The plantings up near the house don't disappoint either.
And the hellstrip looks freshly tended, with dark mulch accentuating the Crepe Myrtles and my favorite carefree Yucca (Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard') making a nice yellow color-splash.
I wish my garden looked this tidy mid-February.
And I wish I knew the secret behind having such an impressive Opuntia clump.
Not to mention a flawless Agave parryi.
I guess that goes for the Opuntia too.
And this little Graptoveria (which I doubt is still happy with the weather we've been having: snow!)...
I wish I could remember the name of this one, although it never did perform for me so I suppose it's no surprise I've forgotten what it's called. This is the most amazing clump I've ever seen.
And that Trachycarpus isn't bad either.
Yucca schottii (?)
Cistus? (not a clue, just liked the dark stems)
Oh and that pruned Juniper is a delight. Love it!
Another glance as I walk back towards the car...
And notice the extra spiky Opuntia...with seeds!
I wonder if this is a naturally disintegrating fruit or if the gardener has assisted? I've assisted my plants but without any success thus far.
Sorry I couldn't resist, one more sexy Agave photo!
But wait!? What's that? Down the street I spotted something that seemed familiar...
Yes! It's Anna's lanterns in her ginormous Magnolia! I'd recognize them anywhere...
But all that time I was stalking the garden above a friend lived just down the street? And I didn't even know it? She didn't even know it? Crazy.
I was happy to see her fabulous corrugated metal planters out in, and near, the hellstrip.
Lucky me as I could study them for inspiration...
And double lucky me I've been invited to Anna's garden for a tour and maybe, just maybe, I'll get to meet the man behind the garden down the street...stay tuned!
Weather Diary, Feb 22: Hi 40, Low 28/ Precip .09" (snow)
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