My visits to the Kuzma Garden usually take place in high summer, or mid-autumn, but not so this year. I got an email in late May from John, inviting me to stop by and pick up a couple of plants he was holding for me, naturally the camera came out and I snapped a few images of the garden.
Which was looking fabulous, although quite different, given the time of year.
Calendula 'Neon' from Xera. No color then, but it's electric orange now.
The front garden...
There will be flowers! In fact there are probably flowers now, since these images were taken on May 22nd.
Nolina ‘La Siberica’, in the foreground.
I can never remember which palm this is, but I know I have a few readers who are always excited to see it.
It was a warm day and I was getting strong wafts of Eucalyptus.
It's gotten so big!
WOW! These were the most unexpected and wonderful part of this visit. The Trachycarpus blooms were unlike any I've seen before...
When I posted a photo on Instagram and tagged Sean Hogan he said they were T. fortunei - precocious fruiting form, shared with Sean, and Cistus, by the great Texas plantsman, Scott Ogden.
We'll see more of the palms in a bit, but I wanted to retrace my steps and walk the garden in the order that I usually do. Seeing the palms first was skipping ahead.
The fountain was turned off for maintenance.
Damn that Agave ovatifolia is huge!
My iPhone 7 for size.
Wow! An overwintered Leucadendron argenteum, in Portland!
This scene especially drove home how different the garden feels this early in the season. There were actual holes (not a bad thing!), rather than wall to wall foliage (see last September's visit for example).
The crevice garden, with a few new arrivals that were yet to be planted at the time of my visit.
And this! The greenhouse, the beautiful greenhouse, went up last autumn.
This blooming Canna must have recently emerged from the warmth of the greenhouse.
And we're back at those blooming palms.
Here's the full description from the Cistus catalog: Trachycarpus fortunei - precocious fruiting form. Shared with us by great Texas plantsman, Scott Ogden, this little fella forms a short trunk that, though eventually growing to typical chusan palm size, forms a dense crown and flowers after only a few years from seed, producing heavy amounts of blue black fruit on yellow stems — of great ornamental value.
Although I didn't capture any photos to prove it, the bees were all over them.
Just a couple more photos before we bid farewell, for now. The non-variegated Daphniphyllum.
And near the corner of the garage a gorgeous Podocarpus salignus.
I look forward to returning at some point this summer to report on the developments at this most special garden.
Weather Diary, June 11: Hi 72, Low 47/ Precip 0
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