Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New Garden Metal and Crackedpots

When last we saw that rusty metal piece on the left I had just planted it up with a pair of Obregonia denegrii I found in Austin. The container was purchased at the Crackedpots show at Edgefield last August.

It's been part of the far-off focal point when you enter the back garden.

Along with two galvanized containers filled with Agaves, and the drama-queen Ensete maurelii.

The Obregonia denegrii have settled in well, and taken on a slightly sun-stressed tone.

But the subject of this post, at least the first half of it, is this tall, thin, rusty bit.

I found it at Metalwood Salvage. And believe me I thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to share that name here on the blog. They're a neighborhood treasure, I kind of want to keep them my own little secret. Then again, I want them to succeed so, I share.

Unlike the other piece — which has a welded on bottom — this was just an open tube, so I shoved a couple of small plastic pots, cut in half, in there to hold the soil. It seems to be working.

The tiny Agave plugs were a score at Pomarius Nursery. I knew I'd find something fun to do with them.

Speaking of fun. This lazy Eryngium agavifolium bloom caused me a moment of confused awe when I walked in the back garden and thought the Agave striata was blooming in some strange non-Agave way.

Moving to another part of the garden this trellis was supposed to be covered in Sweet-Pea vines about now.

But the Clematis recta 'Purpurea Select' became such a monster (that's it, green now, in front of the lower half of the trellis) that it shaded out the Sweet-Peas and they became a mildew covered mess — you can imagine how long I put up with that, bye-bye Sweet-Peas.

I eventually trimmed the Clematis recta in half and planted a striking Passiflora 'Snow Queen' at the base of the trellis. Impatient me could not wait for the passion-flower to cover the trellis so I came up with this metal trio.

You might recognize the ladle from this post, I think I like this use best of all.

This half-moon shaped piece also came from Metalwood Salvage. I have no idea what it was in a prior life. I asked the helpful guy at the shop to drill a couple of holes in back and I used tiny S-hooks to hang it. Once I decided to plant it up with these Dyckia 'Pale Ryder', I pounded a drainage hole in the bottom.

This cup with a hook came from the same shop. The Tillandsia seems at home.

I'm all sorts of excited about this week's Crackedpots show at McMenamins Edgefield, it runs just two days, today and tomorrow, Tuesday andWednesday. If you like this kind of stuff you should check it out (info here). Be warned it's a little bit of a madhouse though.

Weather Diary, Aug 9: Hi 91, Low 60/ Precip 0

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Monday, August 13, 2018

In an owl on Monday (it was an Amazon experiment)...

My brother-in-law and his family sent me an Amazon Gift Card for my birthday in July. I thought about ordering one of the many books on my wish-list, but I've already got a hefty stack of books in my "to read" pile, including two from Timber Press which I am supposed to write a review on. And since I was hankering for a couple more Bromeliads (for the Bromeliad tree project) well, my eyes strayed to the plants...

Yes I know, ordering plants from Amazon is basically selling your gardening — independent nursery loving — soul to the devil. It's one step up from buying plants at Walmart, or wait, is that one step down? Anyway, I shopped, I ordered, and the plants arrived 4 days later.

Opening them up my eyes were immediately drawn to that "FREE Plant w/ Every Order" line. Reading on I realized that was only if you signed up for the monthly subscription box offered by the House Plant Shop, which I am not going to do. The thought makes me shudder, but then again I guess am glad the option exists for those that are interested...hoping it pulls them further and further into the plant-loving world where they end up needing to visit local nurseries (praying they have a couple) and pick out plants with their own eyes and hands. But I digress...

There was also the "free care guide" which was noted as a selling point when I made my order. As I read it a feeling of horror came over me, people are going to severely burn their Bromeliads!!! Then I remembered they're writing this guide from a houseplant perspective. Okay.

On to the peanuts, oh wait, I mean the plants. There are plants in there...

The "Guzmania Bromeliad 'White' - Live House Plant - 1FT Tall - FREE Care Guide - 4" Pot - HARD TO KILL" arrived looking a little, disheveled. Poor thing. I wasn't too worried, a little light and standing upright would hopefully having it feeling good soon.

The second plant, a "Live Bromeliad 'Medusa' in Pot - Live Plant - FREE Care Guide - 4" Pot" (yikes...it's not HARD TO KILL!?) seemed rather unfazed by the shipping thing.

A day later and it's looking rather fabulous.

The Guzmania Bromeliad 'White' also seems to be perking up...

...and has been given pride of place behind the kitchen sink, in my Mr. Owl planter.

Mr Owl was the container for a gift bouquet I received from a group of ladies who toured my garden in late July, wasn't the arrangement lovely? Normally an animal planter (or vase) wouldn't speak to me, but Mr Owl is special.

Obviously since Mr. Owl is now holding a Bromeliad.

Weather Diary, Aug 12: Hi 78, Low 62/ Precip 0 (but we got .01" on Saturday, ha...)

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Friday, August 10, 2018

A Friday vignette, through the window

I recently read the words "we're halfway through summer" and they made my heart very happy. Only halfway! That means there are still many days left to enjoy the garden. Later I happened to glance out of the garage window and catch an interesting view of the back garden. The colors remind me of an old, hand-tinted photograph, however they're the result of a smoky sky, from nearby wildfires.

Hope you get to enjoy time in your garden this weekend, if you're in the PNW it should be much cooler and less smoky.

Weather Diary, Aug 9: Hi 96, Low 64/ Precip 0

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Happy Adobe, a place for desert decoration

Back in June we visited the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, AZ, with my brother and his family (several blog posts on that visit are in the works). After touring the arboretum we were hungry for lunch, so my brother took us to a Mexican place he likes in nearby Florence, AZ. As a bonus we visited Happy Adobe, the shop he purchased these metal Agaves at...

I like his metal Agaves a lot, but I wasn't sure what to expect, after all I am not a fan of gratuitous garden art junk.

Some of this was just too much for me...

Some of it was okay...

Some of it was alarming...

But once I got to the rusty section I stopped shaking and my eyes relaxed.

I don't think I would actually put any of these in my garden, but I liked them.

I'd probably have to grow a vine up the metal Ocotillo.

This fellow was horribly cute.

The horses and stagecoach were a little much, but the pumpkin/cactus was nice.


There's my nephew, camped out in the shade, playing a video game. I soon joined him.

Weather Diary, Aug 8: Hi 95, Low 64/ Precip 0

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wednesday Vignette, well, that's weird!

These strangely combined photos showed up when I downloaded my pics from the Austin GB Fling. My camera seems to be doing it's best to keep Austin weird!

The giraffe photo is the only one I can place, that photo was taken at East Austin Succulents, when I visited there with Pam and friends on May 7th.

Weather Diary, Aug 7: Hi 95, Low 62/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Visiting Northrup Acres

Where's your dream garden located? Do you favor a city lot with clearly defined boundaries — ones that keep your plant lust in check? What about a condo balcony with plenty of easy-care containers? Or do you dream of acreage and life in the country? Borrowed views that include pastures, orchards, hay-fields and a hazelnut farm?
For my friend Mindy it was definitely the latter, she and her family made the move a year ago and are living the dream in Oregon wine country...

Mindy (and family: husband and three kids) used to live in a tiny house on a tiny lot in a very urban and gritty part of Portland. She had time to blog then (Rindy Mae), which is how I know her. Us Portland bloggers are a social group who get together fairly often.

The group has held a couple of gatherings at Mindy's new place but I'd not been able to attend those, instead I had my own private viewing a couple of weeks back.

Mindy kindly took the afternoon off (kids, garden, animals, harvest, house, meals, laundry, her must-do list is never ending) and showed me around, chilled glass of wine in hand (both of our hands) of course...

I wish I could tell you how old the house is, but I'm bad with numbers. I also wish I would have snapped a couple of photos inside, because it's just so darn perfect (Mindy's got the design skills) — but I did not.

This planting bed is Mindy's work. It borders the cow pasture and if filled with plants she brought from her old garden, as well as plants from our blogger's swaps.

Hot-tub for relaxing those tired country-living muscles.

With fabulous plantings nearby.

I had to repeatedly remind myself they've only lived here a year. Vignettes like these say "home" and aren't something that materializes over-night.

Behind the garage (?) there's a stock-tank "swimming" pool.

And that's their picture-perfect barn, separated by a still-used train track. In fact I arrived just in time to see the train go by, but I hadn't pulled out my camera yet. Your loss.

We'll get back to the barn in a minute, first the garden — veggie and ornamental. Aren't those Verbascum amazing? Their checkerboard-like planting definitely plays up their architectural style.

That is a greenhouse in the distance (above). Unfortunately I don't have a close-up photo of it to share. The front (left-side) has the most amazing wall of RV windows. What they lack in style they make up for in practicality, they all open for ventilation.

Libby Lou (the dog) is a sweetheart with purpose, she made sure the stranger (me) wasn't going to bring any harm to her family.

Blueberries, so many blueberries. Fenced to keep blueberry-predators away of course.

It was hard for this city-girl to not become completely overwhelmed with the amount of work that goes into maintaining property this large. I found myself getting a little stressed out, until I remembered I was going to leave in a couple of hours it was not my responsibility.

So that barn. Wow. Inside is a party waiting to happen. Outside the party is already happening.

Hello there! The donkeys, Jackson and Elsa ,and Libby Lou. coming up on the rear.

The horse, Pride, Libby Lou and the black goat.

There's Mindy and her gang (fist appearance of the white goat), If you'd have told me I was inheriting these creatures with my new home and garden I would've declared the deal was off. Luckily for everyone Mindy and family have embraced it.

Another angle on the garden.

And a shot of the front of the home.

The driveway...

And Delilah (also inherited)

And Leonard (ditto)

But that's not all! Before I left we all hopped in Mindy's mom-van and drove over to see her neighbor's garden. Which features a tree as large as my entire city lot and a swing which Mindy's kids quickly put to use.

Can you even imagine having a garden this large and this immaculate?

The perfect size of a Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana). Not too small, not too big.

Not just one or two sunflowers but an entire hedge of them.

And tomatoes that, well, need supports as solid as those.

I have an emotional attachment to outdoor clotheslines. The house I grew up in (until 4th grade) had one, and a sweet house we made an offer on here in Portland had one (we were outbid). This one takes it up a notch (or twelve) because it's got romantic rose bushes growing up each end.

There's a greenhouse.

And a cool old well.

I did live the country life as a child and teenager. We moved to three acres in the country when I was in the fourth grade. We had an old well on our property too, only it didn't stand proud of the ground level like this one.

I've got no desire to return to rural living, but I love visiting! Thank you Mindy and Joyce for letting me totally disrupt your Friday afternoons and sharing your gardens with me.

Weather Diary, Aug 6: Hi 92, Low 63/ Precip 0

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