Where does time go? I mean really. I swear I drove by this garden not too long ago and those Yucca rostrata were not anywhere near this tall, it's like they've grown two feet since I saw them last.
Does the garden look familiar? Back when I knew the owners, and Lila and I still took long walks, I was by here all the time. Then the house sold, twice, and Lila didn't get much more than around the block, if that.
The timing of this visit—don't let that sun fool you, it was FRIGID when I took these pictures—had me thinking back to 2009 when I visited during another cold snap (here). This current walk-by occurred last Wednesday, pre-weekend snow.
This massive blooming Arctostaphylos is about to take over their driveway, I bet the hummingbirds love it, although none were out on this cold day.
The Melianthus is a fun addition, and it doesn't seem at all bothered by the cold.
Do you like the look of the untrimmed Yucca rostrata trunks? I'm not sure I do. Then again maybe I'm just biased because mine are trimmed. This is certainly less work!
I have vague memories of this Eucalyptus being damaged in a winter storm. If so It's recovered nicely.
I do remember those Opuntia pads flopped over from the cold one year, and many broken off.
It looks quite nice these days.
Looks like there is some Opuntia flopping happening behind the Arctostaphylos.
Take a good look at that Euphorbia between the two Yucca, I'm going to reference it again at the end of this post.
This Agave is recovering from previous damage quite nicely. Although you can see the new growth hasn't quite achieved the size of the old (the lower, longer, leaves).
Happy Agave parryi.
Love the colored up Mahonia.
And this pair of Y. rostrata too, of course.
Looking at the hellstrip plants...
The biggest Cylindropuntia to be seen for miles.
Yucca linearifolia, I think? It looks like there was some pruning done nearby that's exposed it a bit more than it's used to.
These Euphorbia rigida look about like mine.
But remember that earlier one I showed you? I'm reminded of a post I did last spring "Euphorbia rigida, never the same plant twice" so strange!
Okay, I was getting cold, time to walk on.
I so wanted to move those hideous containers, they are the thorn in the side of many a Portland garden photographer!
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