Monday, November 19, 2018

The Kuzma/Halme Garden, late summer 2018 visit

Back in September I visited the Kuzma Garden wait no, make that the Kuzma/Halme Garden, John and Kathleen were married in August, and Kathleen is already quite plant savvy and taking an active roll in the garden. I've been posting annual reports on this garden since 2011, we start in the front garden...

Where things are looking fabulous.

Someday I should do a "then and now" post on this garden. Comparing photos I took on my first visit in 2011 with the present.

I feel like we talked about why this Yucca rostrata is sporting a flat-top, but I can't remember!

My photos from this visit are hardly a comprehensive overview; I was there with many friends, and there was wine. Still I think I hit most of the high-spots. You'll want to take a look at Gerhard's post (here) to get many more details than I'm providing.

Oh wow, I really need to get my Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' into the ground.

Damn! That's some sexy foliage.

There are two of the folks who shared my visit, Nick Macer and Sean Hogan (with beer)....

My Melianthus major 'Purple Haze' has been buried by Hakonechloa. I really need to right that wrong.

Now we've made our way up to the crevice garden, which is looking fabulous.

Agave ovatifolia, probably 'Frosty Blue'

Caesalpinia gilliesii

More of the crevice garden...

Palms! Bananas!

When I visited back in May (photos here) the palms were all in bloom, now there are seeds.

Yes, another look at the crevice garden, but we must move on...

Abies koreana, Korean fir, I think (I was told, but that was months ago)...

Salvia discolor

I really need to find this one again next spring so I can enjoy it for a season.

Acanthus sennii

More foliage magic...

An Oleander...

And the Passiflora!

I've always associated this garden with Agaves but this returning exotic may change that.

It's very happy here!

I was allowed to take cuttings last year and failed miserably.

Moving on, one of my favorite vignettes...

Oenothera macrocarpa (I think?)

Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea', a gorgeous, but not hardy in Portland (magic happens in this garden), small tree.

I end this fantastic post with this! I'm not sure which Passiflora it is but wow. It's a beauty...

Weather Diary, Nov 18: Hi 56, Low 35/ Precip 0

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  1. This garden was vaguely familiar, till I saw the photo with the orange urn; we discussed the difficulty of making it a focal point, while leaving it empty... :-)
    Definitely unearth your Melianthus major; it's too gorgeous to be hidden.
    That last Passiflora bloom is amazing. I've never seen anything like it!

    1. There is always a mix of the old and loved (the urn) and new discoveries (the Passiflora) when visiting this garden.

  2. It's always a pleasure to see this garden and must have been even more so in the company of friends and wine!

  3. this is one of those gardens where it is hard to believe it is a private garden and not some kind of botanical garden with some of those gorgeous specimens. That evergreen looks like Abies koreana Silberlocke.

    1. It definitely has a bit of a botanical garden feel, especially when coming from my own super-small garden.

  4. The fave vignette against the house has really flourished and filled in since my one visit several years ago. Which makes the case for return visits to special gardens as they are never static.

    1. I think this garden is going to be on the HPSO Study Weekend in 2019, if you're feeling up for it.

  5. As I've undoubtedly said in response to prior posts on this garden, it's spectacular. That Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' puts my poor water-starved specimen to shame. Ditto the Salvia discolor, although mine gets brownie points for returning from the dead following our horrific July heatwave.

    1. And surely yours will sail through winter too? Here that Salvia is just an annual.

  6. Everything looks so healthy and happy here. A beautiful space!

  7. What hospitable and charming people John and Kathleen are.They seem to really enjoy sharing their fabulous garden, and it was great to be able to stroll through their lovely home too.John had no problem confessing the lengths he goes to to protect his tender plants.I completely support zonal denial. Had I known that my planned sunset photo shoot at McMenamins was doomed by bad weather I would have stayed longer !

    1. I wish you would have! We had a lovely time chatting on the patio. And yes, they are very welcoming, generous, people!

  8. Yes, it would be awesome to see a now vs. then comparison. It certainly looks amazing now! I really like that pond/fountain with water plants. This garden looks like fun!

  9. Lots to like in this garden - but my favorite is the 'crevice' garden. I've not seen that technique of placing strips of flagtone(?) in the ground to mimic a tilted, sedimentary rock formation. Very cool. I may have to copy that someplace in my yard. :)


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